Wacker Drive is a main artery of downtown Chicago, Illinois. In 1909, architects Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett designed a plan to improve the flow of traffic in the city. A big proponent of the idea was Charles H. Wacker, chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission. The road was eventually named after him.

Currently Wacker Drive is under construction to improve traffic safety, help create green space, and replace deteriorated viaduct structures. I wandered out to the site last weekend to photograph it in its raw state. It was intriguing to see the remnants of the layers they cut away…some of it gave me the feeling I’d stepped back in time.

©Sonya Williams

©Sonya Williams

“It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses”.

~Tennessee Williams

©Sonya Williams

©Sonya Williams

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