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Typical underground street intersection showing telephone cables, trolley wires, and track and switches, Chicago, Illinois, 1904.

Typical underground street intersection showing telephone cables, trolley wires, and track and switches, Chicago, Illinois, 1904.

The Chicago Historical Society moved to 632 N. Dearborn in 1896. This building, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, became home to the Excalibur nightclub in 1986, after the Society moved locations in 1932.

The Chicago Historical Society moved to 632 N. Dearborn in This building, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, became home to the Excalibur nightclub in after the Society moved locations in.

Urban renewal, construction of highways often used as excuse to clear city "slums"   ex. north west Indianapolis   Aerial view of Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicago, 1960s

Urban renewal, construction of highways often used as excuse to clear city "slums" ex. north west Indianapolis Aerial view of Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicago,

North & Leavitt - Chicago ca.1959. Jays Potato Chips, Chicago's favorite, until the manufacturing plant was moved out of Illinois several years ago.

Love my O-ke-doke Cheese Popcorn! North & Leavitt - Chicago Jays Potato Chips, Chicago's favorite, until the manufacturing plant was moved out of Illinois several years ago.

Looking north on Halsted from North Ave, 1900, Chicago This scene is dramatically different today. Ryerson and Burnham Archive, Art Institute of Chicago

Looking north on Halsted from North Ave, Chicago This scene is dramatically different today. Ryerson and Burnham Archive, Art Institut.

Forgotten underground: Incredible pictures of Chicago's abandoned, labyrinth tunnels (62 miles) once used to transport coal, ventilate movie theaters and hide phone cables

Incredible pictures of Chicago's abandoned freight tunnels

Abandoned Underground Freight Railway (Chicago) - Inventive: The constant underground air temperature of led to a second line of business air conditioning. Several theaters bought tunnel air to keep audiences cool

Chicago Past - Art Institute   1904 Michigan Avenue

Chicago Art Institute, 1904 My husband and I find it amazing how "barren" the Chicago landscape was in these early days! And fun to see the lions there. Look in the comments below to see the Art Institute as it was last summer when we were in the city.

The corner of Wabash and Randolph, c.1930, Chicago.

The corner of Wabash and Randolph, Chicago. This is only 2 blocks from our Chicago Office!

The last streetcar, 1958: Car 7213 rolls into the history books as the last Chicago streetcar. At one time, the city had the largest street railroad system in the world.

The last streetcar, Car 7213 rolls into the history books as the last Chicago streetcar. At one time the city had the largest street railroad system in the world.

State Street, Chicago 1893

State Street, Chicago My German/Swiss grandfather, John Adam Pinner, was 10 years old when this photo was taken. He taught me a lot about good ol' Chicago!

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