Looking south on LaSalle from the river, 1961, Chicago.
Salt reserves are unloaded from a barge just east of Michigan Ave, 1963, Chicago.
Smoldering coal embers burn on the north side of the Chicago River’s east branch in the days after the Great Fire, 1871, Chicago.
Looking south on Michigan Ave across from the Wrigley Building, 1928, Chicago.
During it’s construction between 1887 and 1900, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship canal was a tourist attraction; photo c. 1890s.
A frozen ship on the river, 1966, Chicago.
Michigan Ave at the river, 1935, Chicago. George Miller.
The Sauganash Hotel, 1833, Chicago.
The Sauganash, located on the river at what is now Lake and Wacker, is considered Chicago’s first hotel (and drugstore, and theater, and…).
The name Sauganash means “Englishman” in the local Potawatomi language.
Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauganash_Hotel
Bridges up, 1972, Chicago
Fire on the river at LaSalle, 1951, Chicago
The Morton Salt International Headquarters (now the General Growth Building), east bank of the south branch of the Chicago River at Washington St, 1958, Chicago.
The Chicago Christmas Tree Ship (helmed here by Santa Claus) heads down the south branch of the river, 1949, Chicago.
Read more about this annual tradition, since 1898, here:
Winter sunset, 1938, Chicago.
A barge squeezes past the Merchandise Mart, 1951, Chicago
North from the Merchandise Mart, the Lindbergh Beacon beckons from the Palmolive Building, 1946, Chicago.
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