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Old Posted Mar 25, 2008, 12:03 AM
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January 1943. The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago

Jack Delano - http://www.shorpy.com/node/2273


South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago. May 1, 1943

Jack Delano - http://www.shorpy.com/node/47#comment-31051


UNION STATION - Adams and Canal

http://www.dhke.com/CRJ/station.html


State Street in 1907

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Navy Pier 1915

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Old Posted Mar 25, 2008, 12:41 AM
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much of these are from the SSC threads

1915 South Water Street


1929









Chicago River 1937



Civic Opera - 1930's

http://i20.tinypic.com/16bip7q.jpg


Late 1930's or 40's



State Street - 1941



Disco Dance Night – Comiskey Park 1979
May not count as ‘historical’ but it happened several years before I was born, so its historical to me.

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Old Posted Mar 25, 2008, 6:22 AM
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Looking back 50-80 years or so the buildings had an awefull amount of soot on them, most likely due to coal burning. Just look at the older white buildings like the Mart and compare them to today. Were they washed or were they cleaned by nature?
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Great thread. Yet, does anyone know what the dome building is that is nearly in the center of the photo below?
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^Chicago Federal Building, demolished in the 60's.
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Old Posted Mar 26, 2008, 5:42 AM
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Looking back 50-80 years or so the buildings had an awefull amount of soot on them, most likely due to coal burning. Just look at the older white buildings like the Mart and compare them to today. Were they washed or were they cleaned by nature?
They were sandblasted if I'm not mistaken. (Used to see that a lot back in the day; haven't seen that done in a long long time; I guess there's no need anymore.)
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^Chicago Federal Building, demolished in the 60's.
Thanks for the reply. It looks like it was quite a building,

http://blogs.trb.com/news/weather/we...rchives/FB.jpg
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everything is sooo dirty, christ thats creepy looking
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Fantastic Pictures! Love the housing photos in Ducov's post.
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I wanted to link this thread from SSC. some really amazing Old Chicago photos in there.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=273147
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What is the name of the white, boxy building?



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^^ Unitrin building. I dont really care for it. http://skyscraper-en.wikidot.com/unitrin-building
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Unitrin.....absolutely awful.
...on the far right in the 2nd photo is The Executive House,
same time period....kinda cool.
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Executive house kind of made Mather look less slender, It's too big for what's next door IMO
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River North before it was wiped clean in many areas by the scourge of urban renewal (unknown photographer):

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^You REALLY need to stop posting photos like that unless you want me to tear every last hair out of my head. Man that is just achingly beautiful.
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This thread is gold, it has showed me how great Chicago's skyscraper
history are.
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^^ Unitrin building. I dont really care for it. http://skyscraper-en.wikidot.com/unitrin-building
I like the UNITRIN building - I had offices there back in the dot-com boom. The lobby is gorgeous marble and connects(ed) through to the Jewelers building ( a real gem ). It also has a usable ( as in sitting ) facade on the front. We had 3/4 of a floor, with it mostly open ( no cubes !) and the views were spectacular. The penthouse floor ( with it's own elevator for the last floor up ) is laid out with a hallway around the outside, and glass walled office or conference rooms which have a view out, without blocking it from everyone else. Sadly this was storage space in the 80's.

The Jewelers building does not allow photography in the lobby, so shoot quick.
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Unbelievable that these gems are all still with us, looking better after switching from coal to gas, and a cleaning. These are what makes Trump Tower look soo good.
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