Historical Map: Chicago Plan Commission - Rapid Transit Facilities, 1945

Here’s a gorgeous pre-CTA planning map from Chicago in 1945, outlining all sorts of grandiose ideas for expansion of the subway system, almost none of which have actually come to pass. There appears to be a proposed second Loop, which would have run more east-west than the existing one. There’s also a planned subway line heading out to the northwest, but this doesn’t follow the same alignment as the Blue Line, and a subway line running along Belmont Avenue.

Have we been there? Yes.

What we like: Awesome old-school cartography at its finest. The shading to show the city limits is quite beautiful. The map looks gorgeous at larger sizes (click through to take a look!)

What we don’t like: Limited use of colour (almost certainly due to wartime austerity measures) does make some detail hard to make out. The blobs on the “L” lines don’t represent stations; it’s just the type of linework used to differentiate it from other lines, such as roads.

Our rating: A glimpse at what might have been, but never was. Fantastic! Four-and-a-half-stars.

4.5 Stars!

(Source: Eric Fischer/Flickr)

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    #transportationdomination
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    *drools*
  12. thekingintheinnernorth reblogged this from fuckyeahcartography and added:
    Always reblog the Chicago L.
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  15. petchmo reblogged this from transitmaps and added:
    A great map of what the city could have become.
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  20. gapers reblogged this from samarov and added:
    Very cool.
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  25. earthfix reblogged this from wnyc and added:
    Interesting Chicago Transit Authority planning map showing how they had intended to expand the subway system.
  26. atomicovermind reblogged this from transitmaps and added:
    Of interest to kennethhite…