A comparative map to help lost Bay Area residents find their bearings
For you Bay Area types who may be wondering about the scale of Chicago's startup scene, here's a quick comparison. Using this map of the Windy City's startup ecosystem, I cut out the section that's the heart of the industry here. It encompasses the 600 West Chicago (i.e. Groupon HQ) area to the north all the way down to TechNexus in the south. Then, I rotated it along the axis of Market Street in San Francisco so you could get a sense of its relative size.
As you can see, the tech corridor extends about the width of SOMA from Embarcadero to 8th Street, with the Merchandise Mart's 1871 co-working space smack in the middle near what would be 4th in San Francisco. (Which is where we're headed now.)
Oh, and here's the Photoshop file, if you want to play with the layers yourself.