SkyscraperPage Forum

SkyscraperPage Forum (
-   Found City Photos (
-   -   Historic Chicago (

Ryan81 Mar 22, 2008 2:09 AM

Historic Chicago
I am creating this in hopes that people will contribute other historic pictures of the chicago skyline. I found most of these (on my first post) at where they may be purchased. There are also a couple by Art Sinsabaugh.

I'll get it started...please post any historical skyline shots you have or can find.

Ducov Mar 22, 2008 4:54 PM

Yay!!:hyper: been waiting to find a thread like this for so long!

Here's my contribution, all photos from the Charles W.Cushman collection from the the good people at Indiana University Archives.
Taken mid forties.

These are from the late 50's.

Early 60's:

Ryan81 Mar 23, 2008 3:55 AM

:previous: AWESOME!!!!! Thankyou For that!

A few more......
Comisky Park 1913
Lincoln and Robey 1910
State Street 1905
Wacker 1928

Grumpy Mar 23, 2008 4:11 PM

:eek: this is a mind blowing thread :eek:

Ryan81 Mar 23, 2008 5:14 PM

Tribue Tower 1924
Originally Posted by ethereal reality in the Chicago Spire Thread.
1930 shot before Lake Shore Drive Built.
Wacker and Dearborn 1950
1964 From Van Buren L Stop
Marina City Construction

GioFX Mar 23, 2008 7:40 PM

WOW, Chicago is such an amazing city, I love old pics of supercities like Chicago.

Beautiful pics!

:tup: :worship:

SolarWind Mar 23, 2008 8:43 PM

This is nearly the same vantage point 78 years later. I took my picture last Friday.

treras93 Mar 23, 2008 9:27 PM

Not to many but here's a few i found

Sorry they're not bigger

here is link to where i got most of them

Wrightguy0 Mar 24, 2008 1:11 AM

Amazing town, but very gritty, I know many of those towers started out white, the Mather tower looks almost black in one picture

NewDetroit1 Mar 24, 2008 2:32 AM

how many of those old towers were torn down?

Ryan81 Mar 24, 2008 2:58 AM

Another Set...
The FIRST City
1893 Worlds Fair
McCormic Plant 1907
From Majestic Building c1907
1908 Jackson Park
US Army Tournament, Grant Park 1910
1918 Sept 8
1918 Sept 15
1921 Soldier Field...Not a skyline, but interesting...
1929 July 27 Cubs Field
1933 Century of Progress

cbotnyse Mar 24, 2008 3:15 AM

awesome thread. I love it.

Thundertubs Mar 24, 2008 4:39 AM

Ridiculous thread.:worship:

My parents wedding reception photos from 1972 prominantly feature the skeleton of the Standard Oil (Aon) building going up in the background out the windows.

aaron38 Mar 24, 2008 2:04 PM

Damn this is a massive thread, it's going to take a while to go through it. Kudos to everyone who's posted.
And I've never seen a picture of the Hancock under construction, thanks for posting that one Cbot.

One of the things that struck me was, I've stayed in the Allerton Hotel before, now it's a small building that's lost among the skyscrapers, but it used to be one of the tallest in Streeterville. A building you never even notice anymore used to be a fixture of the skyline.

cbotnyse Mar 24, 2008 2:22 PM

Nowhereman1280 Mar 24, 2008 2:26 PM

Are they dumping extra snow into the river?

cbotnyse Mar 24, 2008 2:43 PM

ethereal_reality Mar 24, 2008 9:12 PM

Marina City 1968, pre IBM

ethereal_reality Mar 24, 2008 9:17 PM

the beginnings of Illinois Center 1968. above: notice the lights for the Wrigley Building on the small brick building in the foreground.
a rare shot of the northern side of the Prudential Building. You can see a
South Shore Line train emerging from beneath the building.

ethereal_reality Mar 24, 2008 9:28 PM

Looking south towards Grant Park,
the future site of the Aon Building (Standard Oil Building)
You can see a bus traveling elevated Randolph Street
This would almost be your view from AQUA (in 1968)

All times are GMT. The time now is 4:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.