Past Event

The Motor Age in Illinois

In 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association, inspired by ideas of patriotism and good citizenship, announced the route of America’s first national highway. Intended to serve motorists as they toured distant cities and natural landmarks, this symbolic roadway represented the idealistic decisions of architects, urban planners and landscape architects during the early years of the City Beautiful movement and the Motor Age. Learn what motivated some of Illinois’ city planners when they opted to reshape their cities’ streets, bridges, parks, and urban facades in response to the needs of the automobile tourists. For more information contact Lori Williams, Adult Services Coordinator, 708.755.5040.