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In 1869 the Board of Public Works began paving Pine Street from Chicago Avenue to the northern terminus, Whitney street (today, Walton street), with Belgian wood blocks also known as Nicolson pavement.
Pine Street was renamed to Lincoln Park Boulevard as far south as Ohio Street when the street connected with Lake Shore Drive in the early 1890s, and then became part of Michigan Avenue, which already had the name Michigan Avenue (Michigan Boulevard before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871) south of the Chicago River.
Both the North and South Michigan Avenues were joined physically with the opening of the Michigan Avenue bridge in 1920.
|Looking south on Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Circa 1930.|
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.