Timeline of Chicago history – Burnham Plan of Chicago 1909

The Burnham Plan is a popular name for the 1909 Plan of Chicago, co-authored by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett. It recommended an integrated series of projects including new and widened streets, parks, new railroad and harbor facilities, and civic buildings. Though only portions of the plan were realized, the document reshaped Chicago’s central area and was an important influence […]

Timeline of the Bronx – The Grand Concourse (1909)

The Grand Concourse (originally known as the Grand Boulevard and Concourse) is a major thoroughfare in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. It was designed by Louis Aloys Risse, an immigrant from Saint-Avold, Lorraine, France, who had previously worked for the New York Central Railroad and was later appointed chief topographical engineer for the New York City government. Some of the neighborhoods that Grand Concourse […]

Timeline of Chicago history – The Merchandise Mart 1930

The Merchandise Mart (or the Merch Mart, or the Mart) is a commercial building located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. When it was opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world, with 4,000,000 square feet (372,000 m2) of floor space. The art deco structure is located at the junction of the Chicago River’s branches. The building is a leading retailing and wholesale destination, hosting 20,000 visitors and tenants […]

Abandoned Railroad Station of the Bronx – Westchester Avenue station

Westchester Avenue is a former railroad station located in the borough of the Bronx in New York City, partially suspended over Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor line. It was built in 1908 with rich terra cotta detailing to a design by Cass Gilbert, who would later employ similar terra cotta detailing in his 1910 design for the Woolworth Building. Train service to the station ceased in 1937, and […]

Timeline of the Bronx – 1950 Patterson Houses built

Patterson Houses is a public housing development in the Mott Haven neighborhood of The Bronx, New York City, New York. It is one of the largest New York City Housing Authority complexes in the city with 15 buildings and 1,790 apartments. It was completed on December 31, 1956 and spans an area of 17.18 acres (6.95 ha), which is located between East 138th Street and East […]

Timeline of Chicago history – Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) established, 1848

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), established on April 3, 1848, is one of the world’s oldest futures and options exchanges. More than 50 different options and futures contracts are traded by over 3,600 CBOT members through open outcry and electronic trading. Volumes at the exchange in 2003 were a record breaking 454 million contracts. On July 12, 2007, the CBOT merged with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) […]

Timeline of the Bronx – The Washington Bridge

The Washington Bridge carries six lanes of traffic, as well as sidewalks on both sides, over the Harlem River in New York City between the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, connecting 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan to University Avenue in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Ramps at either end of the bridge connect to the Trans-Manhattan Expressway and the Cross-Bronx Expressway. The bridge is operated […]

The world’s first skyscraper: Chicago’s Home Insurance Building

The Home Insurance Building was built with a steel frame in 1885 after the Great Chicago Fire destroyed parts of the mostly wooden city in 1871. Photograph: Underwood & Underwood/Corbis The Home Insurance Building was a skyscraper in Chicago, United States, designed by William Le Baron Jenney in 1884, for the Home Insurance Company in New York. Completed a year later, […]

History of The Chicago Club ( founded in 1869 )

The Chicago Club, founded in 1869, is a private social club located at 81 East Van Buren Street at Michigan Avenue in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. Its membership has included many of Chicago’s most prominent businessmen, politicians, and families. History In the mid-1860s, a social group formed in Chicago, Illinois that met on State Street. The group later met […]

History of The Goodman Theatre in Chicago

Goodman Theatre is a professional theater company located in Chicago’s Loop. A major part of the Chicago theatre scene, it is the city’s oldest currently active nonprofit theater organization. Part of its present theater complex occupies the landmark Harris and Selwyn Theaters property. History The Goodman was founded in 1925 as a tribute to the Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who died in the Great Influenza Pandemic in […]