Digging Up History on Congress Parkway
Apr02

Digging Up History on Congress Parkway

Chicago Architecture Blog reader Brian Kaempen sent over some photographs showing how construction on Congress Parkway in the Loop is unveiling pieces of the city’s lost infrastructure. “On the east side, at State Street, there’s a large patch of cobblestones present over where the southern crosswalk would be. A couple blocks west, at Dearborn, there’s trolley tracks visible crossing Congress through almost the...

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Pedestrian Scrambles and Traffic Calming Coming to Chicago

The Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new transportation commissioner, Gabe Klein, wants to install pedestrian scrambles in the Loop. Klein is from Washington, D.C. which also has the street-crossing convention, as does Toronto, New York, London, Denver, and most famously, Tokyo.  Shibuya Crossing, for example, has been featured in many films and has become an iconic location in Japan....

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A grand entrance to Chicago
Aug04

A grand entrance to Chicago

A hundred years after the Burnham plan for Chicago was laid out, another piece that plan may become a reality. CDOT is working on a plan to make Congress Parkway in the Loop more grand, and in the process, more pedestrian-friendly. Right now, Congress between Wells and Michigan Avenue is a big flat slab of tarmac with speeding cars and pedestrians in peril.  It is a psychological divider between the pedestrian-friendly Loop and the...

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