Instead of a monumental Civic Center (above) at Congress and Halsted, the site is today the interchange from which the region’s superhighways radiate (below right). In the late 1920s, Bennett envisioned Congress Street as a landscaped parkway (below left).
Regional highways Burnham saw as useful for commerce and recreation reshaped the region in ways he could not foresee.
Bennett’s neoclassical elements such as obelisks and stone balusters (left, at Wacker and Michigan) continue to be reinterpreted as modern markers of civic pride. The 1937 Lake Shore Drive Bridge (right) was built in the moderne style, not the classical look favored by Bennett.