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Wow....very interesting VivaLFuego!
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I love this thread, the growth in these pictures parallel the start of my family in the States. My parents immigrated in 1959 and my dad took my mom to 1 Prudential, the tallest at that time, and there was no high rise development east of it. When my parents eventually moved to KC in 1974, my how the landscape had changed. Then 26 years later, I moved to town and got to have a wonderful experience of my parents giving me a guided tour of this kick-ass city along with their amazing stories. Now after 10 years, I get to share the reverse experience with my parents as the city has once again transformed.

Thanks everyone for sharing your pictures.
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Old Posted May 12, 2010, 9:45 PM
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Great stuff, VivaLFuego. Love it!



These are from SSC compliments of hoogbouw010.

Scanned from hoogbouw010's own collection of old negatives:

1. May 15 1956.


2. From rooftop 188 Randolph Tower, Sept 23 1955.


3. Chicago Temple Building, Sept 26 1953.


4. Rush St. Bridge, 1900 (from copy negative).


5. From rooftop Mandel-Lear Building, Jan 14 1962.


6. Michigan Av. Bridge, Oct 9 1961.


7. June 1934.

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State Street Mall, 1987:


Printer's row, 1978:


Looking NW from Congress&State, 1987:


Union Station Concourse, 1969:


Randolph, looking west from viaduct over the Kennedy. Horner Homes in the background. 1990


Looking west along Randolph from State, 1987; this is the northern part of Block 37, torn down very shortly after the photo was taken.
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Chicago used to be a very dirty city, it seems.
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Chicago used to be a very dirty city, it seems.
The only picture I've seen of a larger midwestern downtown that actually looked clean during the middle of the 20th century (or practically at any point prior to 1990) was somewhere on Woodward near downtown Detroit. The streets and sidewalks were spotless, it reminded me of pre heavy smog pictures of LA.

I can only assume that Chicago burned the same filthy Illinois coal that St. Louis did, which actually blacked out the sun here.




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Old Posted May 26, 2010, 2:18 PM
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View from the Majestic Building 1907




Michigan Ave. 1912




Grant Park 1927




Skyline Chicago1927




University of Chicago 1907




Chicago Exposition 1933




West Side Park Cubs vs Sox 1909




West Side Park Cubs vs Sox 1909




http://www.hellochicago.com/Photos_Panoramic.Cfm

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It's too bad Chicago never got any pre-war supertalls =(
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All photos http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/p...801404.gallery


Michigan Ave 1871


Wolf Point 1870


Wolf Point 1875


Michigan Ave 1919


Michigan Ave south from Ohio St 1919


1924


1924


1924


1924


1925


Tribune view 1926


from Hubbard St 1928


1931


United Artists Theater Randolph St 1941


1934


Roosevelt Theater a loop landmark closed 1980


Uptown 1925


Apollo 1923


1945


1949


1950s


1962


Eisenhower Parade 1960


Nixon 1970

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OK. Why am I just now discovering this thread. I grew up on Chicago's south side until 1985. Fascinating photos for sure.

Old Parking structures to be found here.....

http://forgottenchicago.com/features...rking-garages/
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Great photos from 1952!
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Fantastic thread. So many great photo's. I've spent all morning looking at them. Can I ask a question though? Can someone tell me what this is in the pic? I don't have a clue, and I can't even figure out the location. Its quite a few pages back in this thread. Thanks

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1933-34 Century of Progress ^
Former Meigs Field, now Northerly Island.

http://www.chicagohs.org/history/century.html

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1933-34 Century of Progress ^
Former Meigs Field, now Northerly Island.

http://www.chicagohs.org/history/century.html
Thanks George
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Those pics of Wolf Point from the 1870's are mind-blowing...
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Can someone tell me what this is in the pic?
The Federal Building (thus three 150-foot towers) at the Century of Progress. Designed by Arthur Brown and Edward H. Bennett, with three towers and allegorical sculptures to represent the three branches of government.

Behind the towers was a triangular Hall of States. Because of the Depression, the Fair Corp. built exhibit space on spec for states rather than having separate state pavilions as at the 1893 Fair. The cheaply built buildings of the 1933-34 fair relied on a carefully chosen palette of intense color paint, a palette chosen by stage set designer Joseph Urban. This picture shows the 1934 scheme, with orange on the dome and inside of the towers. The dome had been painted gold in 1933.


Kaufmann & Fabry Co. photo from Official Pictures in Color, 1934
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