The City of Highland Park Community Development Planning Division is considering the development of a driving tour of John Van Bergen designed structures. The John Van Bergen was important Chicago architect who at one time worked for Frank Lloyd Wright. The Highland Park locations were listed in an Excel worksheet that needed to be located on a map.
The GIS Office used the Excel worksheet to create a map showing the location of the Jon Van Bergen buildings. This map will be used by City employees to create a driving route that efficiently visits most Jon Van Bergen buildings locations. This route with recommended stops will be plotted out on a second map.
By using GIS the Planning Division was able to quickly and efficiently get a map of the John Van Bergen designed buildings. This map will then be used to create a driving tour of these sites. Thus they will be able to showcase an important piece of the history of development in Highland Park. Without GIS the Planners would have had to field check to each location and draw each building on a paper copy of the map.