The Burnham Plan CentennialThe Plan of Chicago A Regional Legacy
Illustration by the Chicago Plan Commission that shows the proposed development along South Water Street and an illustration of South Water Street from a postcard, circa 1910

The unique double-deck Wacker Drive (left) in 1926 replaced the crowded South Water Street market (right) along the riverbank.

New Streets and Bridges
Illustration from the plan showing the proposed widening or new diagonal streets, plate 111

The Plan proposed pushing widened or new diagonal streets (red) through densely built neighborhoods surrounding the Loop. Relocated railroad facilities (dark blue) would allow the business district to expand.

Illustration showing areas that were condemned along Michigan Ave from Wacker's Manual of the Plan of Chicago and an illustration showing an aerial view of MIchigan Avenue

North Michigan Avenue (above right) became a grand new boulevard in the 1920s, flanked by new hotels and office buildings. It replaced a narrow residential street north of the river, requiring condemnation of the shaded areas (above left).

An aerial photograph of Ogden Avenue, 1933

Ogden Avenue was extended 2.7 miles through the Old Town neighborhood in the 1920s (above); only 40 years later it was abandoned as unnecessary. Buildings on the east side of Michigan Avenue were cut back and refaced (below left), a technique that would be repeated hundreds of times as arterial streets were widened citywide. To allow widening of Ashland Avenue, Our Lady of Lourdes Church (below right) was moved across the street.

photograph of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and a photograph of the refacing of the buildings along Michigan Avenue, 1925