Welcome to your new home on Mars! It is now possible for anyone who wants to go to Mars to eventually end up on the Red Planet. Whether it's for the scenery or just to get away from it all, you can't come up with anything more exotic than our beloved ruby cousin. Read on for how to purchase a lot and live on this vast and mysterious planet.
Rules City map Mission 1 plats and waitlist Subsequent missions Architecture contest Careers Disclaimer Frequently asked questions
There are a few rules you must follow before you can purchase and reside on a lot:
These are for residents. People looking for employment to survey or administer the territory have stricter requirements.
Here is an overall map of the city. Hover over each area to see which Mission we plan to survey it, and click on it for more information on that mission. The area to be surveyed first, during Mission 1, is marked in green.
We hope to be able to survey the following plat between 2024/2025 and 2026/2027. Hover over a lot to see its address and dimensions (this unfortunately does not work on mobile devices), and click on it to join the waitlist for that lot. North is up (i.e., the top of the image). The pink lots (1 through 21 N. State Street) are reserved for corporate use.
We hope to be able to survey the following areas in the following sequential missions. We hope to generally commence sales two years prior to the mission's launch. We hope to auction off the auction lands, marked above in the map, starting in 2026 or 2027 for surveying during Mission 3. We hope to start sending civilians (i.e., non-employees) to Mars during Mission 3.
|Mission 2||2026/2027 – 2028/2029|
|2028/2029 – 2030/2031|
|Mission 4||2030/2031 – 2032/2033|
An Architecture contest is currently being held to design the houses to build with the lots. Submissions are open until the end of August, consult the page for more information.
We will need a good amount of people to help establish the settlement by surveying and governing it. You can view a list of our possible jobs. A perk of the jobs is that you will be able to go to Mars around 2024, years earlier than most people. A cohesive application process will be developed in the next couple of months; to indicate your interest in a position now please contact us at email@example.com.
Nothing in this page, or any page within the "https://chicagospace.net/new-chicago/" directory and its non-canonical equivalents, constitutes a promise from or imposes an obligation on the Chicago Space Transportation and Settlement Corporation (the "CSTSC"). No promises with respect to such pages or their contents shall be made prior to the first sale of a lot, unless otherwise specified for a given instance. Any or all of the contents depicted herein or in any page of the directory may be changed or rescinded without notice. Purchase of a lot need not imply freehold or allodium, only the privileges of inhabiting and improving it. These activities do not consitute "appropriation" for the intents and purposes of the Outer Space Treaty (OST).
Q: How much do lots cost?
A: We have yet to set a firm price on the lots, and they may indeed ultimately vary based on the lot and consumer involved. As said earlier, we hope to generally start sales of lots surveyed in a given mission two years prior to the launch of that mission; for Mission 1 we hope that to be in approximately 2022. We hope to generally have lots priced at about $50,000–70,000 a lot, but this can change without notice any time before sales formally begin. If we contact you from the waitlist at that time, we will start negotiations on price. The price, whatever it may be, does not include other costs such as tickets for the journey or improvements on the lot.
Q: I joined the waitlist. Does this mean that I have a lot on Mars?
A: No. As said earlier, we hope to generally start sales of lots surveyed in a given mission two years prior to the launch of that mission, which means that final sales will not happen until 2022 at the earliest. The waitlist is just that: a waitlist for us to possibly contact you when the sales begin. Similarly, joining the waitlist for a given lot does not guarantee that you will receive that lot, even if we decide to contact you when sales begin.
Q: When can I start actually living on Mars?
A: As said earlier, we hope to start sending civilians (i.e., non-employees) during Mission 3, which we hope will take place in 2028/2029 or 2030/2031. You may start residing on Mars at that time.
Q: May I purchase multiple lots?
A: Generally not. There is a de facto limit on one lot per household unless either a household petitions us and provides proof of necessity for more acreage or economic considerations allow and behoove us to sell multiple lots to the same person.
Q: Can multiple households purchase the same lot?
A: No, there is a limit for one household per lot.
Q: May I conveyance or transfer lots, or hold a lot for another person?
A: The law on the nature of lots, including those issues specifically, is currently murky. As such, we will not recognize conveyances or other transfers of lots until the law on that matter is clarified. Therefore, please buy a lot for only yourself and your household.
Q: How long must I live on Mars to maintain my lot?
A: Technicaly speaking, all we need is evidence of your having arrived on Mars (which is easy given that we will keep records on mission passengers) in order for the requirement to be satisfied. However, we do not plan on procuring trips back to Earth in the first decades or so of settlement, so your stay on Mars will likely last at least that amount of time, if not the rest of your life. Even once we do start having round trips, the ideal windows for transport between the planets are separated by around two years, so that would be the shortest feasible stay on Mars.
Q: I formerly resided on Mars but have now returned to Earth. What happens to my lot?
A: If others in your household still reside on the lot, no action is required on your part and it will remain in their hands. If, however, none of them reside on the lot, please do let us know of this at your earliest convenience and we will give the lot to someone else.
Q: I would like to visit Mars as a tourist. When will that be possible?
A: In the first decades of human habitation of Mars the focus will be mainly on settlement and residence, so there will be little if any room for tourism. Even once tourism becomes viable, which would take roughly 20 years if not longer, it's not particularly in our wheelhouse, although we may still accommodate tourists.
Q: Are "years" Earth years or Mars years?
A: Unless otherwise specified, all spans of time (such as years, etc.) refer to those spans as they apply to Earth. If we need to be more explicit we reserve the right to use such phrases as "Earth years (days, etc.)" or "years (days, etc.) of Our Lord" to refer to Earth time, but Earth time will always be implied.
Q: Is there merchandise I can purchase from you?
A: Yes. You may visit our Etsy shop to purchase merchandise and Mars-themed posters from us.