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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sports Illustrated Cover with Ronnie Bull of the Chicago Bears

Sports Illustrated cover, Ronnie Bull of the Chicago Bears in 1963
From the cover story of the October 14, 1963 issue of Sports Illustrated:
The Chicago Bears are in their 44th year, all of them under the direction of George Halas. They have lacked, from time to time, quarterbacks, pass catchers, punters, receivers and money, but they have never (well, hardly ever) lacked at least one hotshot running back. Even in years when the Bears were a motley bunch of rinks, they could always point to a Red Grange, a Bronko Nagurski, a Ray Nolting or a George McAfee, not to mention a Beattie Feathers, a Paddy Driscoll, a Hugh Gallarneau or a Rick Casares. The tradition continues in the person of Ronnie Bull (see cover), last year's Rookie of the Year and this year's backfield workhorse for Halas' title-contending Bears.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

State Street in 1987

State Street in 1987

The view from the corner of Washington and State Street in 1987. This C. William Brubaker photo was posted on Flickr by UIC Digital Collections.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

The Wrigley Building in 1960

The Wrigley Building, Chicago 1960

A great shot of Chicago's Wrigley Building in 1960. Posted on Flickr by worldmachine.org.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Richard J. Daley at the 1968 Democratic National Convention

 Chicago delegates at the 1968 Democratic Convention react to speech by Abe Ribicoff

Illinois delegates, including Mayor Richard J. Daley, reacting to Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff's speech at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Ribicoff famously referred to the crackdown on protesters by Chicago police as "Gestapo in the streets of Chicago."

In his magnificent "Boss" bio of Daley, Mike Royko described a claim by George Dunne, the president of the Cook County Board, that Daley and other Chicago delegates where shouting "faker, faker." But a lip reader determined that Daley was using another F word, along with other strong language.

You can download a free high-resolution version of this Warren Leffler photograph from the Library of Congress.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dearborn Street in the 1970s

corner of Dearborn and Randolph in the 1970s

Looking north from the corner of Dearborn and Randolph in the 1970s, posted on Flickr by Stevenj. The photo is listed as circa 1974, though I can't confirm a date for the premiere of "Bruce Lee and I" in Chicago.

UPDATE: According to the helpful comment from Jane at the Schaumburg Township District Library, this photo is from 1975, as the movie appeared at Woods Theatre in May of that year.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Merchandise Mart

Chicago Christmas 1960

Chicago's Merchandise Mart, lit up for Christmas in 1960. Posted on Flickr by worldmachine.org.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The View from Grant Park in 1968

Chicago in 1968

A view of the city from South Columbus Drive and East Monroe Street in 1968, including an under-construction Chase Tower. This C. William Brubaker photo was posted on Flickr by UIC Digital Collections.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Chicago "L" Stop in 1958

The Damen/Congress L stop in 1958

The entrance to the Damen/Chicago "L" stop (now called the Medical District stop) in 1958, posted on Flickr by CTA Web.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chicago TV Channels in 1967

Chicago television channels in 1967

In 1967, Chicagoland TV viewers had their choice of eight channels -- posted on Flickr by Jim Ellwanger.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Riding the Chicago L in 1962

Passengers at the Chicago L stop, March 1962

When the Brown Line was still the Ravenswood -- posted on Flickr by CTA Web.

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