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Michigan Boulevard

This Guerin drawing of a much widened and improved Michigan Avenue looking north does not emphasize the proposed Michigan Avenue Bridge as much as it does what such a bridge would make possible: the conversion of the street into a continuous boulevard connecting the South and North Sides.

Aerial View of the Michigan Avenue Bridge


The view in this photograph, which was taken in 1935, is southwest from the fifteenth floor of the Tribune Building. Wacker Drive is visible in the upper right.

Michigan Avenue Bridge, 2004


This photograph was taken from the west side of the bridge. The bridge's lower level for commercial traffic, an important Plan proposal, is visible from this angle.