Well-Known Text is a standard way of encoding geospatial data in a textual manner, and is more compact than GeoJSON:
MULTIPOLYGON ((-87.637714 41.887275, -87.613681 41.886892, -87.625526 41.871555, -87.637714 41.887275))
Heads up! Contrary to the normal convention of "latitude, longitude" ordering in the
coordinates property, Well-known text orders the coordinates as "longitude, latitude" (X coordinate, Y coordinate), as other GIS coordiate systems are encoded.
For example, to query for all of the Chicago 311 service requests for vacant and abandoned buildings within that polygon:
Cool Tool! Formatting shapes as WKT for testing is tedious and error-prone - I don't recommend it. Instead, use a library that can generate them for you, or a tool like Wicket to draw them in your browser.