An undated photo of a debate at the College of Complexes from the photographic archive. Your guess is as good as mine.
Caption: “A two-car train of wooden ‘L’ cars makes its way around the single track loop of the Stock Yards Branch in 1946. This branch connected to the rest of the ‘L’ at Indiana on the South Side Elevated (now part of the Green Line) and largely ran as a shuttle throughout its life. Elevated track structure snaked its way west into The Yards at around 41st and split into a single-track loop to serve the area where the major packing houses existed, with a handful of stations to connect people with jobs there. Trains operated counterclockwise around the Stock Yards loop.”
Looking south on State at Jackson, 1892, Chicago
Air raid manual, 1942, Chicago.
No smoking outside during a blackout…it’ll give you away.
Passengers in the observation car on the Hiawatha speed towards Chicago from Milwaukee , 1952.
This looks like a still from Mad Men, but, like, in the future.
For you New Yorkers out there, or just anybody who wants to hear more about life in the Second City, our admissions counselor for NYC wrote a companion post to our “Chicagoan in Chicago” blog post from earlier in the summer. Go out and read it!
Two photos taken from Lake Shore Drive at Belmont, looking south, 1951, Chicago.
Notice the three wide parallel lines that run along the drive. These were called “fins” and could be hydraulically raised or lowered depending on the time of day to regulate traffic patterns.
The first photo was taken between 6:30-9:30 am. One fin would be raised, creating 2 lanes of north bound traffic and 6 (!) lanes of south bound traffic.
The second photo was taken between 4 and 7 pm, showing 6 lanes designated as north bound (with three “express” lanes in the center) and 2 lanes as south bound.
During non-rush hour traffic, only one fin would be raised in the center, creating 4 north bound and 4 south bound lanes - the permanent configuration we have today.
I imagine this had the potential of creating chaos as the fins appeared or disappeared, but there are many mornings during my standstill commute downtown that I wish this was still in practice!
Maybe civil engineering experiments aren’t cool to everyone, but they’re cool to me!
Boarding a north bound 151 at a bus stop on North Michican Ave and the river, 1932, Chicago
The 151 still runs; its route only slightly deviating from the one 80 years ago.
Decaying sign on one of the original south-side Harold’s Chicken Shacks, 1986, Chicago.
Harold’s Hyde Park outpost is still a Saturday night staple of student dining on the cheap.
Carl Sandburg surveys his city from the Board of Trade, 1957, Chicago. Grey Villet