Chicago on the Really Tiny Screen
But this is the first time I can remember Chicago being used as a race track in a video game.
Electronic Arts has a game out called Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, which has race tracks in all of the usual places like the Middle East, and Rio de Janiero. But it also has a route through the Chicago Loop.
I played the iPhone version, and the game starts out on a simplified version of the Clark Street Bridge and has you racing through the city, both on the surface streets and through Lower Wacker Drive.
While it’s not geographically correct, the game captures a surprising number of local landmarks including:
- Willis Tower
- 311 South Wacker
- Chase Tower
- 1 Prudential Plaza
- 2 Prudential Plaza
- Monadnock Building
- United Airlines Building
- CNA Center
- AT&T Corporate Center
- Chicago Board of Trade