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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
Grant Park
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Grant Park in 1929, looking northwest toward Michigan Avenue. While the park lacks much of today's landscaping and structures, the basic layout is in place, Buckingham Fountain (1927) has been built, and the Art Institute has expanded over the Illinois Central tracks, which are still a very significant presence. By using the zoom function, it is possible to see the eighteenth floor "penthouse" where the Plan of Chicago was created, on top of the Railway Exchange Building, across the street and just south of the Art Institute.