For the sake of increasing believability, I make many references to real places, including real businesses, in the Chicago and Myrtle Beach areas. This page lists many of those real places mentioned throughout the book, with links to the websites of real businesses mentioned. I wish to thank the owners of these fine establishments for the information. Please note that some of the businesses mentioned here have since closed or changed names/owners.
LOCATION GUIDE FOR MYRTLE BEACH
Papa's Pizza is actually the Papa John's Pizza where I had worked while living in Myrtle Beach. There are now 6 locations in the Grand Strand Area. The address for the Myrtle Beach location is
The Palace Resort is the 23-story oceanfront condominium building where David had called home before moving in with Ashley. The Skybox was located on the 21st floor. I actually lived in Unit 2101 for 9 months in 2007 while I was working at Papa John's and Pizza Shak. The Palace Resort is located at 1605 S. Ocean Blvd.
Regency Towers is the 18-story oceanfront building where Ashley and David live on the 11th floor. The address is 2511 S. Ocean Blvd.
South Strand Medical Center is where David is taken after being stung by a Portuguese Man-O-War. It is located at 5050 US 17 Bypass in Surfside Beach.
The Penthouse Club (2007) is now the site of the Gold Club, located at 2554 Jason Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, just off US 501 between US 17 Bypass and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Pink Pony was a gentlemen's club in Garden City where Tony had his Bachelor Party. The club was closed in 2009 when Wal-Mart opened a store right across the street. It was located at 2851 Highway 17 S. in Garden City.
Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is one of Ashley's long-time favorite hangouts. It is located 27 km south of Myrtle Beach on US 17.
Litchfield Beach is where Ashley teaches David the real meaning of "Sex on the Beach". It is located 30 km south of Myrtle Beach, in Georgetown County.
Time Out is Myrtle Beach's friendly neighborhood gay bar. It is located at 520 8th Avenue N. The club was heavily damaged by a fire on 25 October 2012.
Thee DollHouse was a gentlemen's club in the Restaurant Row area on the north end of Myrtle Beach. Ashley and David were here for the "Wild Wednesday" Amateur Contest at the time when Papa's Pizza was robbed. The club is presently located at 3102 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach. Crazy Horse, where Ashley first met Heather and Shelli, was previously located here. Ashley had begun her exotic dancing career here. It is one of the few strip clubs remaining after the enactment of the 2-Meter Rule and a mandatory midnight closing time.
Broadway At The Beach is a large shopping and entertainment complex bounded on the south by 21st Avenue N., on the north by 29th Avenue N., on the west by US 17 Bypass, and to the east by Robert Grissom Parkway.
BB&T Coastal Field is the home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, then a Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. As of 2011, the Pelicans are an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The ballpark, now known as TicketReturn.com Field, is located at 1251 21st Avenue N. David is the Public Address Announcer and Organist for the 2008 season.
The Coastal Grand Mall is the largest shopping mall in the Grand Strand Area. It is located at 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, just off US 17 Bypass.
Agape Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational church that David and Ashley attend. It is located at 829 N. Kings Hwy.
The Divine Fish House in Murrells Inlet is one of Ashley's favorite restaurants. It is now known as Wahoos Fish House, located at 3993 US 17 Business in Murrells Inlet.
Studebaker's was a retro dance club at 2000 N. Kings Hwy., where Ashley crowned her successor, the 2008 Wave 104.1's "Ultimate Beach Babe". A Dollar General is presently located in place of the club, which closed down in January 2010 for economic reasons.
The Myrtle Beach Convention Center at 2101 N. Oak Street is where Ashley’s graduation ceremony and the Burgess & Cooper Christmas Party are held.
Burgess & Cooper, David's employer, is the fictional company that owns nearly all of the major retail and entertainment complexes in town. Ashley's father, Don Cooper, is the Chairman of the Board and Majority Owner. The Corporate Office is located at 2411 N. Oak Street.
LOCATION GUIDE FOR CHICAGO
Atlantis is the high-class gentlemen's club where Ashley officially concluded her exotic dancing career as a Featured Performer while she and David escaped the wrath of Hurricane Erika. It is located at 1897 E. Lincoln Hwy in Ford Heights (US 30 @ IL 394), about 45 km south of Downtown Chicago.
The O'Hare Oasis is one of 7 Oases on the Illinois Tollway System. It is located over I-294 at Milepost 38, just 5 km south of O'Hare Airport. David usually waits here before picking up friends and family who are flying into Chicago.
The Northwoods Inn is a restaurant within walking distance of the Lawrence Residence. It is located at 968 E. Steger Rd. in Crete.
LOCATION GUIDE FOR CHAMPAIGN
The Alma Mater Statue is located at the corner of Green and Wright Streets.
The Illini Union is the 4-story student center at the University of Illinois. David and Ashley meet Bruce for lunch in the Food Court on the Lower Level. They then go bowling at the adjacent bowling alley. It is located at 1401 W. Green St. in Urbana.
Foellinger Auditorium is located on the south end of the Quad at 709 S. Matthews Ave. in Urbana.
Bromley Hall is a privately-owned 13-story residence hall at 910 S. 3rd St. One of David's former colleagues had her car towed away late one night while she delivered a couple of pizzas here a few years ago. Bromley is the only residence hall with its own indoor pool.
Memorial Stadium, at 1402 S. 1st St., is the home of Fighting Illini Football. David had his first kiss here in front of 78,000 people during his sophomore year at Illinois.
Oglesby Hall, at 1005 W. College Ct. in Urbana, is the 12-story residence hall where David had lived while at Illinois. He lost his virginity here the day after the football game mentioned above.
The University of Illinois Library is the 5th largest library system in the United States. The Main Library building is located at 1408 W. Gregory Dr. in Urbana.
Leonard Hall is a 4-story residence hall for women in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall complex. It is located at 1005 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana.
LOCATION GUIDE FOR KEY WEST
Sheraton Suites - Key West, FL is where David and Ashley stay on two separate trips to Key West, to which they refer as “the most romantic place on Earth.” It is located at 2001 S. Roosevelt Blvd. in Key West.
Southernmost Beach Café - Key West, FL is high-class oceanfront restaurant where David and Ashley enjoy several romantic dinners while in Key West. It is located at 1405 Duval St.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is one of David and Ashley's favorite hangouts in Key West. Their favorite activity is petting some of the 60 cats that reside on the grounds. The house is located at 907 Whitehead St.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is where David has his first snorkeling experience
with Ashley. The underwater scenery is absolutely incredible.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is located at 500 Duval St. David and Ashley have their New Year's Eve dinner here.