The Village of Oak Brook contains a wide variety of restaurants. The
village posts the list of restaurants and local attractions on their
website along with the address and phone number for public use. However,
this list is lengthy and contains outdated information. In order to
create a more visually appealing and up to date listing, Oak Brook
enlisted the help of GIS to create location points, which are then
placed in 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 Oak Brook. 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. Unlike the previous list, 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.