Classic Chicago

Horse Carriages on Michigan Avenue

Before cars and buses, horse-drawn carriages dominated Michigan Avenue


Before cars, taxis and buses clogged Michigan Avenue, horse-drawn carriages were the main mode of transport if you wanted to get around without walking. The avenue was often filled with people moving about, getting to work, shopping and going to affairs. With the onset of horseless carriages, that would all quickly change, but how nice to think about everyone moving about at a slower pace?

The photo above, from Calumet412.com, shows a handful of carriages on Michigan Avenue not far from where the CAA now stands. A statue of Christopher Columbus towers over Lake Park, which you may now know better as Grant Park, with a clear view off toward Lake Michigan.

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