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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
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In this early fundraising letter, Finance Committee Chairman Walter Wilson writes to banker Charles Dawes, urging him to solicit funds from other wealthy and civic-minded Chicagoans. Every one of the approximately fifty members of the Merchants Club was made a member of the Finance Committee and asked to solicit from others in support of the planning effort. Dawes was later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge and co-recipient (with British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain) of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on German reparations after World War I.