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Friday, February 23, 2018

Union Station in 1925

Chicago's Union Station in 1925
A shot of Chicago's Union Station in 1925, from an excellent Monovisions collection of vintage Union Station photos.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Chicago's Oriental Theatre in 1964

Corner of Dearborn and Randolph in 1964

A 1964 photo taken at the corner of Dearborn and Randolph looking east, posted on Flickr by Joe and Jeanette Archie. "The Prize," the movie playing at the Oriental Theatre, was released on Christmas Day in 1963.

The Oriental is still operating, but the movie theater on the right is long gone, as the entire block was demolished in 1989 and is now the site of the Block 37 office tower and shopping mall. This post from WTTW has a now-and-then view of the same corner.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

The Thompson Center in 1985

Chicago's Thompson Center in 1985

A view of the plaza on the south side of the James R. Thompson Center in 1985. The Greyhound bus station at the corner of Clark and Randolph opened in 1953 and was demolished in 1990. This C. William Brubaker photo was posted on Flickr by UIC Digital Collections.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

View from the Field Museum in the Early 1960s

Grant Park from the Field Museum

Looking north from the Field Museum in the early 1960s, posted on Flickr by Mark Susina. It wasn't until 1996 that the northbound lanes were reconfigured, moving them west of Soldier Field and the Field Museum.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Wacker Drive in 1974

corner of Wacker and Dearborn in the 1974

Looking east from the corner of Wacker and Dearborn in the 1974, posted on Flickr by Stevenj.

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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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