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Thanks Mr Downtown, ^ one of my favorite sites.

Here's one of the old Hotel Wacker, now Hotel Felix.



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1990s

Early in the 90's , back in the days of film - shot from my office in the 175 Jackson bldg, overlooking VanBueren.

S loop development

1992 (?)


1992


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Sout Loop - 1992 B&N station




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July 1992

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1995 (?)

From my office in 440 S LaSalle

The old color for the Old Colony building


South loop on a cold day
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Chicago Flood - 4/13/1992

I was working in the loop at the time - had just set up a DR site the week before - timing is everything.
4/13
Pumping OUT the basement into the tanker behind - and - into the fire hydrant system.




4/14
Pumping out the CBOE - into the storm sewers.








Portable cooling systems brought in so the data center could be powered on.











Electircal runs from portable generators




IIRC these were taken with my Mamiya Sekor 500 dtl and 400 speed Fuji film
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--Gasp! And I mean Gasp! Marvelous find Mr. Downtown.

I’m currently the engineer for the building in the foreground on the northwest corner of Irving Park and Marine Drive. It was Immaculata High School at the time this photo was taken (and until 1982). The nuns built an addition in 1955 off the west end of the school along Irving Park right up to the Pattington Apartments (which still stand in all their grandeur). I was a bit intrigued by the building seen on that lot which looks sort of like a large mansion with lots of turrets, apses, and a huge wrap-around porch. A little searching revealed that it was known as the "Greenlee Mansion" and was apparently the first rendition of Immaculata which later became the nuns convent upon completion of the 1922 school building:



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Old Posted Apr 9, 2013, 7:22 PM
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Some of you may have seen this large aerial, probably taken early 1930, on the CTA flickr.

Here's an annotated version, using building names of the time:

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Great find! I particularly like how the railroad stations are identified. Chicago had seven or eight of them serving long-haul passenger trains at one time.
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That's some gnarly rail porn.
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I had asked this over on city-data, but any local Chicago historians, was there ever a 'skid row' in or near downtown Chicago? I've noticed a few of the last-standing residential hotels over on W Jackson & S Halsted, or over on Clark across from the jail. Was the West Loop Chicago's skid row, similar to the Tenderloin in San Francisco, or the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, or similar areas? I'm assuming urban renewal wiped out most of those residential SRO hotels in the area...
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I had asked this over on city-data, but any local Chicago historians, was there ever a 'skid row' in or near downtown Chicago? I've noticed a few of the last-standing residential hotels over on W Jackson & S Halsted, or over on Clark across from the jail. Was the West Loop Chicago's skid row, similar to the Tenderloin in San Francisco, or the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, or similar areas? I'm assuming urban renewal wiped out most of those residential SRO hotels in the area...


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was there ever a 'skid row' in or near downtown Chicago?
The largest Skid Row was on West Madison (and spilled over to nearby streets) between North Western Station and about Racine. It may have been the nation's largest such stretch of residential hotels, dive bars, and junk shops. The last remnants made way for Presidential Towers in the 1990s.

A somewhat smaller row was on South State between Congress and Roosevelt, again with nearby spillover (including the Blues Brothers hotel at Van Buren & Plymouth). The last "cage hotel" in the South Loop, the New Ritz at 1005 S. State, was finally torn down about 2011. There are also remnants of a smaller district on Clark in what we now call River North.

These areas are extensively documented in Donald Bogue's 1963 book Skid Row in American Cities.

There are outliers still, such as the New Jackson Hotel at Jackson & Halsted, or the SROs on Clark south of Van Buren.

The vice districts, such as the 19th century Levee mapped in If Christ Came to Chicago, or the New Levee described in Sin and the Second City, were something a little different, though they were nearby and there was a lot of geographic overlap between cheap hotels for single men and the "rooming houses" where several "actresses" lived.

West Madison Skid Row:



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Film of Chicago circa 1945

Here's an impressive half-hour color film of various Chicago attractions, including some nice aerial footage. The date is probably 1945.

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Newsreel footage (1963, lots of aerial shots) from British Pathé.

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i like this thread, and i am sorry to say this, but chicago is one of those cities that benefited from time, unlike yours truly.
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Some very old photos taken at Midway and O'hare starting back in the 1940's. You can see the old Douglas aircraft factory at Orchard Field(ORD) in some of the pictures. That building housed most of the Smithsonian aircraft collection including the Enola Gay B29 for many years after WWII. It was torn down in the late 1960's.

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Some nice old photos of Chicago.


http://old-chicago.tumblr.com/archive
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This is a great photo of the Hancock under construction:



From the Old Chicago Photos tumblr.
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