15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Chicago | Mega Series Part 1

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Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S.

Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century.The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic; the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and rail road freight

 

Presenting 15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Chicago | Mega Series Part 1

 

1# In the late nineteenth century, Jewish immigrants started a produce market on Maxwell Street where it crosses Halsted Street. Over the years, Maxwell Street, shown here in about  c.1905

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2# Archer and Halsted c.1955

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3# Soldier Field was built in 1924,and hosted many huge college football games including Notre Dane,the Army, Navy Game, and the College All-Star Game.

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4# This is Chicago’s first electric streetcar or “trolley,” which began operation in 1890. Notice the similarity in design to the cable cars.

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5# Sixteen children, 10 women, and 1 man drowned on July 28, 1927 when the Favorite, a small excursion boat cruising from Lincoln Park to Municipal Pier (Navy Pier)

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6# Madison St looking west from Wabash

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7# The coroner jurors watch a re-enactment of the St. Valentine's Day massacre of 1929.

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8# January 1943. Chicago, Illinois. Union Station train concourse.

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9# Styx! If you were around Chicago in the early 70's, you could have seen them in one of the many local venues we have

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10#  Childrens bathing beach Lincoln Park, 1905.

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11# Comiskey Park,home of the White Sox in it's early days. Opened in 1910 at the corner of 35th and Shield on the South Side,it was home for the White Sox for 80 years.

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12# 14th Street ,Michigan Avenue  c.1958

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13# Lawrence Avenue  c.1929

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14# A crowd outside the Clark Street garage, owned by George  Bugs Moran, where the St. Valentine's Day massacre took place on Feb. 14, 1929.

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15# Jackson Boulevard ,Market Street ,Wacker Drive  c.1937

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Oldest footage of Chicago ever

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Chicago in the 1940s—A Film by the Chicago Board Of Education

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The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, known to botanists as Allium tricoccum, from the Miami-Illinois language.The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir. Henri Joutel, in his journal of 1688, noted that the wild garlic, called "chicagoua", grew abundantly in the area.

In the mid-18th century, the area was inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Potawatomi, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples.The first known non-indigenous permanent settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Du Sable was of African and French descent and arrived in the 1780s.He is commonly known as the "Founder of Chicago."

 


See Also:

15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Los Angeles | Mega Series Part 2
15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Los Angeles | Mega Series Part 1
15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Las Vegas | Mega Series- Part 5
20 Rare & Old Photo’s of San Francisco | Mega Series Part 2
15 Rare & Old Photo’s of New York | Mega Series Part 1
 

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