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Old Posted Jun 24, 2009, 12:02 PM
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The Chicago Architecture Foundation is putting together a scale model of Chicago at its headquarters on Michigan Avenue in celebration of the centennial of the Burnham Plan.

Beginning this week, a 25- by-35-foot model of the city will be open for viewing, free of charge at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, inspired by similar models in Beijing and Shanghai that show how those cities also have rapidly grown and changed.

The display portrays more than four square miles of the city, from the lakefront on the east to Halsted Street on the west and Oak Street on the north to 16th Street to the south. It contains an exact model of every building in the area. There are more than 1,000 of them, from a 3-foot-high Sears Tower down to old two-story storefronts.

"We're not aware of any city model that has a footprint of this size and scale anywhere else in this country," said Cathy Tinker, owner of Columbian Model Works and Exhibit, whose employees have been painstakingly installing the display in the atrium of the Santa Fe Building, 224 S. Michigan Ave., the foundation's headquarters.

Foundation Vice President Gregory Dreicer credited the idea to Mayor Richard Daley, who was intrigued by similar large-scale city models he saw in Beijing and Shanghai. He said the mayor urged the foundation to build one for Chicago.

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“Office buildings are our factories – whether for tech, creative or traditional industries we must continue to grow our modern factories to create new jobs,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer.
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