The village of Wheeling contains numerous restaurants and eating
establishments that reflect the diversity of the area. This includes
“Restaurant Row”, a string of highly rated restaurants along Milwaukee
Ave. The village kept a list of these establishments, but never provided
this information to the public. Using the ability of a Geographic
Information System (GIS) program to create location points, which are
then placed within Google Maps. The GIS Department created a map showing
the location of each restaurant within the village as well as address
information and a link to the restaurant’s website. This interactive map
located on the village website allows the user to find restaurants
within the village based on location.
Clicking on the Restaurant Location link takes you to a Google Map
showing the Village of Wheeling. A red dot represents each restaurant
within the village. Clicking on the restaurant name in the table of
contents on the left or on the red dot on the map brings up an
information box for that location. Each information box contains the
name of the restaurant, address, phone number, and website link if
available. The interactive map is easily modified when new restaurants
open up or old restaurants close down.
Providing the information in a format that people are familiar with
allows the user to access the information without having to learn new
software. Providing the location of each restaurant on a map allows
residents or other visitors visiting the village to locate a restaurant
or eating establishment more easily.