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
Martin Barbe was a prominent Chicago clothing manufacturer with the wholesale firm Barbe, Benedict & Goldman that specialized in cloaks and capes. Barbe’s residence, located on a large corner lot on South Prairie Avenue, was unique among Adler & Sullivan’s early houses. While other designs conformed to rowhouse prototypes, this was a completely detached modern country villa when it was built in 1884. Set back on its site, the home was defined by high gables, projecting window bays, and arches. The facade was a mix of brick, stone, wood, decorative terra cotta, ornamental sheet metal, and slate. The building was demolished in 1963.
(Top Photo: Aaron Siskind; Bottom Photo: Richard Nickel)
Orange is the New Black, season 2 episode 1, 2014
This reminds me to watch season 2.