A small error in Paul Pekin's otherwise enjoyable story "Home" (Nov. 25) offers the opportunity to correct a popular misconception. Chicago's boulevard system is not a legacy of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's 1909 Plan of Chicago any more than Lake Michigan is. The boulevard system, first envisioned in 1849, was laid out in 1869, with detailed designs done shortly thereafter by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux for the South Park District, and by William Le Baron Jenney for the West Park District. The Plan of Chicago mentions the boulevards only briefly in proposing its own additions to the system; more attention is given to the boulevards of Paris than those of Chicago.
Paul Pekin replies:
The physical existence of the boulevards did precede the actual Burnham plan. Thanks for the clarification.