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Interpretive Digital Essay : The Plan of Chicago
The Plan of Chicago
Chicago in 1909
Planning Before the Plan
Antecedents and Inspirations
The City the Planners Saw
The Plan of Chicago
The Plan Comes Together
Creating the Plan
Reading the Plan
A Living Document
Business Section in 1862
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This lithograph map of downtown Chicago in 1862 was prepared by E. Whitefield for the map-making concern of Rufus Blanchard (which can be found on LaSalle Street north of the Courthouse). It offers a rich sense of the location of Chicago businesses at the time and what they did shortly before different kinds of economic interests became more segregated by location.