Strolling the east boardwalk at the White City, 63rd and South Park Ave (now MLK Drive), 1909, Chicago.

Strolling the east boardwalk at the White City, 63rd and South Park Ave (now MLK Drive), 1909, Chicago.

Chapter on “Immoral Dives” from Mysteries of Chicago, George Wharton James, 1893, Chicago.

"Vile, foul, mephitic scoundrels…"

Worth the full read.

State Street, north from Madison, 1880, Chicago.

State Street, north from Madison, 1880, Chicago.

Looking north across the river from what is now Lake and Wells, 1871, Chicago.

Looking north across the river from what is now Lake and Wells, 1871, Chicago.

The south east corner of Clark and Randolph, pre-fire,1865, Chicago.

The south east corner of Clark and Randolph, pre-fire,1865, Chicago.

Girl in Rain, 1991, Chicago. Paul D’Amato

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Girl in Rain, 1991, Chicago. Paul D’Amato

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North Ave Beach, 1983, Chicago. Scott Mutter.

Note that a north facing photo and a south facing photo have been blended to create this illusion.

North Ave Beach, 1983, Chicago. Scott Mutter.

Note that a north facing photo and a south facing photo have been blended to create this illusion.

Oak Street Beach, 1977, Chicago.

Oak Street Beach, 1977, Chicago.

Montrose Beach, 1961, Chicago.

Montrose Beach, 1961, Chicago.

Getting creative to keep cool at the General Motors Powerama Fair, south of Soldier Field, 1955, Chicago.

Getting creative to keep cool at the General Motors Powerama Fair, south of Soldier Field, 1955, Chicago.

A police officer reluctantly allows children to turn on a fire hydrant to keep cool, 1947, Chicago.

Bonus points for anyone who can identify the location based on the fire house in the second picture..

Update: Thanks to seajaybea for correctly identifying the fire house just east of the Water Tower on Chicago Ave. Not only does the building still exist but it would seem the fire hydrant does too!

The Lagoon Patrol at the Century of Progress World’s Fair, Northely Island, 1933, Chicago.

Chicago Hand Made Cigars, 1930, Chicago.

Chicago Hand Made Cigars, 1930, Chicago.

Examples of city light posts from the Municipal Index, 1928, Chicago.

Many of these still exist throughout the city.

Examples of city light posts from the Municipal Index, 1928, Chicago.

Many of these still exist throughout the city.

The Greatest Hospital Center in the World, Ogden and Harrison Streets, 1914, Chicago.

Of course, this area is still a center of medical institutions in the city.

The Greatest Hospital Center in the World, Ogden and Harrison Streets, 1914, Chicago.

Of course, this area is still a center of medical institutions in the city.