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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
Modern Gateway
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On March 23, 1963, Mayor Richard J. Daley hosted President John F. Kennedy at the dedication of the new passenger terminal at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. In an age of diminishing railroad traffic and increasing travel and shipping by air and road, the city's new airport and its location at the intersection of several interstate highways were essential to the city's status as a vital nexus.