Chicago gets in on the Apple Maps 'Look Around' action

iOS 13 Apple Maps Look Around feature
iOS 13 Apple Maps Look Around feature (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Apple Maps "Look Around" feature continues its rollout.
  • It's now available in Chicago.
  • The feature gives users a 3D view of a location.

The Apple Maps "Look Around" feature has now expanded to include Chicago, adding another area to the 3D imagery that is similar to Google's Street View.

The feature allows users to zoom in on streets in Chicago and then see 3D images that give them a better feel for their surroundings. It can be super useful when you're scoping out a location that you plan on visiting, for example.

The addition of the feature to Chicago was noticed by Justin O'Byrne and MacRumors.

As O'Byrne notes, this now brings "Look Around" to ten different areas across the United States as Apple continues to close the gap between Apple Maps and Google Maps.

Covering 57% of the population of the Chicago metropolitan area (and 42% of the population of Illinois), this latest release is Apple's largest yet in terms of land area.

As impressive as that might sound, however, it's worth noting that the ten areas covered by Apple's "Look Around" equates to just "0.3% of the U.S.'s land area".


Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.