Warning: If you are bothered by fictional cities, don’t read.
North Oak Creek
Welcome to North Oak Creek, Population 47,000, “where history and progress unite.”
This “Amish” Sim City is located in North Central Illinois between Chicago and Rockford. However Boone County and DeKalb County have pretty much been obliterated to make way for Oak County. All the towns in this area have been moved around, because of the location of this pretend city and its suburbs. Don’t worry, DeKalb and Belvidere are still here, just in different places.
North Oak Creek is a more prosperous town located just north of Oak Creek, a city I have yet to make.
North Oak Creek is like many edge cities. It has it all. It’s like Schaumburg or Gurnee, IL. Retail, restaurants, office parks, hotels, family amusements, charming historic downtown, different styles of residential, a glorious river and creek, and adjacent parkways. Much more information is yet to come.
Thank you Bear for inspiring me with De Noc to post my Amish Sim City here. I don't think I'll ever get my city as big as De Noc, but I love my city nonetheless and will always strive to make it the best I can.
I've been working on this on-and-off for 10 years (since I was 8). I've gone pretty slow, as my city shows actual parking spots and turn lanes. However, the downside is that my city is not fully to scale and the houses are all a bunch of tiny boxes, rather than varying shapes that are to scale with the rest of the town. Oh, and the city consists of about thirty-something pieces of white sketchpad paper taped together. It definitely takes up a good chunk of floor space.
The details are to come…
OK, I told you the rough location of North Oak Creek, but if you want to know where it is exactly, get out your Illinois map or turn to the Illinois map of your Road Atlas. Do you see Boone County and DeKalb County?? OK, now pretend that everything south of I-90 and north of I-88 in those two counties is turned to a clean slate. North Oak Creek would be just south of where the present-day town of Kingston is, as well as the surrounding areas. Oak Creek, the bigger yet-undesigned city and the other fictional city of Barclay are located where present-day DeKalb and Sycamore are. DeKalb and Sycamore are redesigned and are relocated just about where present-day Kirkland is. Genoa, Kingston, and Kirkland have all been relocated to the outskirts of this mini-metro.
The Oak River and the Oak Creek run on a similar course to the present-day Kishwaukee River. The existing interstates in the area exist (and there are a lot more added as well), but the secondary roads and railroads are all changed around.
OK, well while I show you around the city, you are probably going to want to book a hotel room. Where to stay, you might ask??
Well, we have a lot of major hotel chains, scattered fairly evenly throughout the village. They are usually somewhat close to the freeways. Some are big, some are small. We also have a fine selection of bed & breakfasts as well as a fine downtown hotel. I would highly recommend them all, except for maybe the Amerihost, which is located in front of Wal-Mart.
The hotels are ordered by size:
Majestic Valley Hotel (downtown)
Creekside Bed & Breakfast
Anne’s Garden Bed & Breakfast
Town Square Bed & Breakfast
Alright, let's go get a bite to eat. If North Oak Creek isn't restaurant capital, then I don't know what is.
Here's the fine selection of dining establishments. Please note that most strip center places (i.e. sub shops, bagel shops, pizza places, Chinese, ice cream, etc.) aren't included.
Burger King (2)
Taco Bell (3)
North Oak Creek Restaurant
California Pizza Kitchen
Pizza Hut (2)
The Rio Grande Tex-Mex
Town Pizza Parlor
Papouli’s Family Restaurant
The Beijing Garden
Colonial Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
Nick’s Pizza & Pub
Steak & Shake
Famous Dave’s BBQ
Joe’s Crab Shack
Buffalo Wild Wings
On the Border
Claddagh Irish Pub
Lone Star Steakhouse
Big Bowl Asian Kitchen
Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins (2)
Max & Erma’s
Red Star Tavern
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Silver Spoon Cafe