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Finally, Someone Has Built a Model of Chicago in Minecraft

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Be it plastic miniatures, LEGO pieces or virtual bricks, it take a lot of time and passion to recreate a scale model of Chicago's famous skyline. Earlier today, a Reddit user posted an image of a 1:4 scale model of Chicago they had built in the popular sandbox video game Minecraft, so we decided to reach out and learn more. As a native of north New Jersey, lukep323 (who prefers to go by their Reddit handle) is no stranger to skyscrapers and supertall towers, however, a trip to Chicago changed his mind about the Midwest and Chicago's role in the world of architecture. To pass the time while waiting for his assignment with the Navy, lukep323 decided to build this model in the popular video game. And while creating a virtual Windy City has taken a considerable time investment, the project isn't done just yet.

In his Reddit post, lukep323 explains, "I visited your beautiful city a few months ago and fell in love. I had some free time on my hand, so I created this."

He offered a bit more background on why he decided to undertake this effort:

I visited Chicago in April and absolutely loved it. The architecture and landmarks blew me away. Being from northern New Jersey, I didn't expect any city to compare with New York, but Chicago definitely gives NYC a run for its money. I wish I could have spent more than a week in the Windy City. Since I don't have a full-time job, and I'm just waiting to leave for the Navy, I had a lot of free time after returning from the trip. I decided to make good use of my boredom and started making the city. I didn't think I'd make it this massive, but I got a bit carried away.

Carried away? Sure. But it certainly is pretty neat.

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