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Moleskine City Notebook Chicago Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Moleskine City Notebook
  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Moleskine; Ntb edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8883708423
  • ISBN-13: 978-8883708428
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.6 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.Rovillo on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A++ product, cool little sections to write in names of stores, restaurants and attractions....pockets, maps, stickers....everything you could want in a personalized travel book.

One issue: The maps, although are made to fit inside this compact book, are tiny and difficult to read. On the bright side, the book contains transparency sheets that you can lay over maps and mark up with routes, directions or destination points--cool!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By In Chicago on October 28, 2008
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It's a satisfying and convenient size. Most of the notebook is blank pages, or sections that may be labelled however you wish, making it quite flexible. I especially like the detailed maps and the street guide.

However, neither the maps nor the street guide for Chicago includes the grid system! Even if visitors may not take the time, nor really need, to understand the numbering system, the city guides seem like they are as much geared toward residents as tourists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Berke on September 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've had the Chicago city notebook for a couple years now and I never go to Chicago without it. Part of the reason is that I have collected a fair bit of information about locations of stores and restaurants I've enjoyed, and part of it because I have found it to be so useful. The maps cover the entire lake shore region, from south of the University of Chicago north past Lincoln Park Zoo. The detail in the main 'downtown' area (the loop and Michigan avenue area) is more than enough to make navigating the streets on foot or in a car quite easy.

One anecdote for why I love the Moleskine so much: I was in Chicago a little more than a year ago and was walking between our hotel (Merchandise Mart Holiday Inn) and the Tribune Building area and met a couple of other tourists at a cross walk. They were looking forlornly at their smartphones for a train depot. They asked if I was familiar with the area and where the nearest station was. I pulled out my analog device (the Moleskine!) and showed them the location of their station! Paper: 1, internet: 0.

I wish that the City Notebooks (and in particular, the Chicago one that this review is about) had two additional things though:

1. More map coverage. Coming in from Lake Michigan quickly runs one off the map. I don't need all the way to O'Hare, but another page or so in in some places would be nice. Especially in the Milwaukee Ave. and west Fullerton areas. These are gentrifying quickly and there are really nice restaurants out there that the map doesn't let you chart your way to.

2. Stickers to mark important places on the map.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carla Azevedo on March 7, 2011
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I spent 3 months studying English in Chicago last year and decided to find the best city guide so I could enjoy the best things the city has to offer. I tried many of the well known guides and one of them (Fodor's) was my final choice. However, all guides are too focused on things for tourists and as I decided to be a Chicagoan for a few months, this city notebook was my main companion - I took notes, wrote addresses of great places I visited and used its maps a lot (the transparent pages are very useful to further customize your own map). Moleskine quality as its best. Highly recommended.
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I've owned a city notebook for each city I've lived in during the past five years. First was Stockholm, where I fell in love with the concept. It was a fantastic place to keep track of important places, notes, and even tasks. Then I moved to NYC and still found the notebook useful, even if there are some up and coming parts of the city missing in the maps, like most of Queens and Bushwick. Chicago has that issue, but much worst. Much of the west side, which is the kind of place people with moleskines like to be, is totally missing. Maybe tourists don't go to these places, but considering that they contain everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to important art gallerias, I think the omission is a bad choice.
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By Ernie on October 7, 2010
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I go to DePaul in the city and it has been the most useful guide. I love how I can write down my favorite restaurants and places I like to go. Whenever my friends comeback from colleges out of state, I have a reference to show them the cool places where I party and stuff. I also like the maps in there too; Especially the CTA!
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By CordlessInKC on March 22, 2013
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I have yet to log anything in this notebook but I am very excited to start

In the past 3 years I have lived in Norfolk, Kansas City, and Chicago and I don't really have anything to show for it

I can't wait to create a personalized travel guide to use and pass on to my friends and family who visit
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