A postcard from 1904 features a not-so-subtle poem referencing the newness of the city, Chicagoans’ propensity for exaggeration, our ability to make a buck and a slight dig about our women.

A postcard from 1904 features a not-so-subtle poem referencing the newness of the city, Chicagoans’ propensity for exaggeration, our ability to make a buck and a slight dig about our women.

Wilson Ave Bathing Beach, 1911, Chicago.

Wilson Ave Bathing Beach, 1911, Chicago.

Looking south on State at Monroe, 1890, Chicago.

The Palmer House can be seen on the SE Corner of State and Monroe.

Looking south on State at Monroe, 1890, Chicago.

The Palmer House can be seen on the SE Corner of State and Monroe.

Glossop’s Hotel, Amusement and Business Map for what we now refer to as the Loop, 1884, Chicago.

Among many points of interest, look east to find Lake Park (later Grant) and then to the north for the Base Ball Grounds, home of the Chicago White Stockings and then the Exposition Building, now the site of the Art Institute.

Via greatchicagofire.org

Glossop’s Hotel, Amusement and Business Map for what we now refer to as the Loop, 1884, Chicago.

Among many points of interest, look east to find Lake Park (later Grant) and then to the north for the Base Ball Grounds, home of the Chicago White Stockings and then the Exposition Building, now the site of the Art Institute.

Via greatchicagofire.org

Advertisement for the Chicago and Alton RR, service to St. Louis and Kansas City, 1878, Chicago.

The ad calls out the “Palace Reclining Chairs” as a perk of the cars used on its railroad.

Note that the Chicago and Alton route is outlined on the side and front of the recliner.

Advertisement for the Chicago and Alton RR, service to St. Louis and Kansas City, 1878, Chicago.

The ad calls out the “Palace Reclining Chairs” as a perk of the cars used on its railroad.

Note that the Chicago and Alton route is outlined on the side and front of the recliner.

The Germania Club Building, 108 Germania Place at Clark (just south of North Ave), 1890, Chicago. 

The building stands. Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germania_Club_Building

The Germania Club Building, 108 Germania Place at Clark (just south of North Ave), 1890, Chicago.

The building stands. Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germania_Club_Building

View west from The Crib, 1882, Chicago.

View west from The Crib, 1882, Chicago.

Looking north on Pine St (now N Michigan Ave) from Huron, 1870, Chicago.

Looking north on Pine St (now N Michigan Ave) from Huron, 1870, Chicago.

Looking west from the breakwater at Michigan Ave and Madison, 1865, Chicago.

Looking west from the breakwater at Michigan Ave and Madison, 1865, Chicago.

Rush and Oak, c. 1985, Chicago.

Barneys New York now occupies this corner.

Thanks to all for the date call out on the original post.

Rush and Oak, c. 1985, Chicago.

Barneys New York now occupies this corner.

Thanks to all for the date call out on the original post.
The 606 Club, a burlesque located at 606 S Wabash, 1961, Chicago.

The 606 Club, a burlesque located at 606 S Wabash, 1961, Chicago.

Chicago’s Most Glamorous Women, Collier’s Magazine, 1953, Chicago.

Among this group of (all white) women, there is a Comiskey, a Swift, a Field, a Wirtz, a Goldblatt, and a Mendel.

What’s interesting (and telling of the time) is that all the women are listed by their husband’s name, i.e. Mrs. Marshall Field.

The lone rebel is a Mrs. Susan Gordon Bent, who refused to use her husband’s name.

Looking north on Wells from Eugenie, 1947, Chicago.

The Hotel Lincoln can be seen to the north.

Looking north on Wells from Eugenie, 1947, Chicago.

The Hotel Lincoln can be seen to the north.

An actual “dog and pony” show at the Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933, Chicago.

An actual “dog and pony” show at the Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933, Chicago.

Michigan Ave at Adams, 1954, Chicago.

Michigan Ave at Adams, 1954, Chicago.