Hello everyone, I want to place my story in a realistic setting, and I was thinking somewhere in either the United States or Canada. However, I am not sure whether I should place them in a city I make up or in an already established city (i.e. Chicago). If I am not comfortable with where's where in the city I choose or what streets border which streets, would it be best if I made up the location? Have you seen authors do this? If you would advise against creating my own city for the setting, how should I go about placing them in a real city? Do authors who use real-life cities have to know the specifics of that city in order to make it work? I feel that if I studied up on even my own home city, I wouldn't remember where's where.