I wasn’t exactly sure what a Google City Expert was, so I Googled it (hehe): The Google City Expert program brings together the most active users on Google Maps who write reviews and upload photos of local places.
Sounds right up my alley!
My friend Sandra, Nate, and I arrived at Threadless HQ, walked past the parked food trucks (good sign!), and into a sensory overload: lots of people, awesome music (think Beyoncé and Aaliyah), another food truck, photos on the wall, an airstream, photographer, custom map making, and so much more.
Here’s a short list of some of the highlights (the pictures tell a lot, too):
—Custom Chicago Maps: At our first Inspiration Station, they silkscreen maps of Chicago onto paper, and then you could customize your map with colored stamps. I included a home stamp for our place in the West Loop, a martini glass stamp in River North, a puppy stamp by Montrose Beach, a tree stamp by Lincoln Park, and more.
—Picture Time!: Sandra and I took pictures with the photographer at the “photo booth”.
—Pancakes for Dinner: We sampled Babycakes Gourmet Food Truck: strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter cup, and red velvet pancakes–yum! I think the red velvet were my favorite!
—Button Up: We made our own buttons using magazines they had at the station. I made Nate an espresso maker pin (he loves ours at home) and mine was cat flexing her muscles (because I’m tough, right?).
I think I can speak of all of us when I say this was a fun event! The photos don’t even do it justice, but be sure to check them out. Thanks, Google and Threadless!
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