This weekend I just started reading the book Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City for the Reading the Great Lakes book discussion group. This book goes into wonderful detail about the urban plan for the city of Chicago that Daniel Burnham had written in 1906. If Daniel Burnham sounds like a familiar name you might remember him from the book Devil in the White City.
All the while I read this book yesterday I kept thinking that this work seemed familiar. I could not place where I had seen or heard of the Plan of Chicago before. It wasn’t until this morning when it dawned on me that one of our staff had shown me the book Plan of Chicago last year. This title resides in our Rare Book collection and was obtained by the library early in the 20th century. Our copy is number 1124 of the 1600 copies that had been printed in 1909! The image you see below is Burnham’s proposed boulevard on Michigan Avenue located by the Chicago Cultural Center(formerly the Chicago Public Library main branch).