National Geographic : 1951 Jun
© National Geographic Society 730 Chicago's Towers, Like Soldiers Abreast, Dress Their Line at Michigan Avenue This year marks the 80th anniversary of Chicago's great fire, which swept the business district and destroyed 17,000 buildings. From the ashes rose the Nation's second largest city. Skyscrapers hide the Loop, the heart of the city, encircled by elevated lines. Michigan Avenue, faced by famous stores and hotels, is often called Chicago's front window. Downtown playground is Grant Park (foreground). Low-roofed park building houses the Art Institute. Shore-line highway is Lake Shore Drive.