Wayback Wednesday: Winter Comes for Chicago’s Newspapers
Jan15

Wayback Wednesday: Winter Comes for Chicago’s Newspapers

This was the scene on January 15, 2010 — ten years ago today.  One of Chicago’s multi-holed newspaper racks braving the cold on the corner of Michigan and Chicago Avenues.  The corner of Chicago and Michigan January 10, 2010. Newspaper stands, and the racks that replace them, have a long history in Chicago. They proliferated in the early 20th century, in part because of new regulations on street vending in the...

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Wayback Wednesday: Lord, Snow Down On Me
Jan08

Wayback Wednesday: Lord, Snow Down On Me

It was ten years ago today, January 8, 2010 that we took this photograph of what was then known as the Episcopal Church Center at 65 East Huron Street, just off Michigan Avenue. That’s where a life-sized bronze statue, appearing half man and half angel arched its back, stretched its arms, and welcomed the coming snowstorm. Saint James Commons on January 8, 2010 A year earlier this space was renamed Saint James Commons to go...

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Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago
Jan01

Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago

Today, freshly spaded from the archive is a photograph of the Chicago skyline taken on a quiet, somber morning from Lincoln Park January 1st, 2010. Even the squirrels were nursing hangovers. Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park, January 1, 2010...

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Wayback Wednesday: Christmas Day, 10 Years Ago
Dec25

Wayback Wednesday: Christmas Day, 10 Years Ago

North Michigan Avenue December 25, 2009 (file) In today’s time capsule, we go back 10 years to the afternoon of December 25, 2009.  The view is looking down on the Magnificent Mile from the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center.  Though the snow-crusted idyll of A Christmas Story was set just a couple of dozen miles away, this scene is decidedly more frantic, more noisome, and more commercial as tourists, traders, and...

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Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction
Dec18

Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction

For today’s look into the photo archive, we go back seven years to December 14, 2012 — Seven years ago. Hubbard Place under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s where we find Hubbard Place under construction at 360 West Hubbard Street in River North.  The 43-story sister of Kingsbury Plaza brought another 450 new homes to the neighborhood in 2014. But in this photo from two years earlier, you can see McHugh...

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Wayback Wednesday: 73 East Lake Street
Dec11

Wayback Wednesday: 73 East Lake Street

With 16 years of Chicago architecture photos in our archive, it’s time to hook up the electrodes, snap into a Slim Jim, and set the Wayback Machine for December 11, 2012: Seven years ago today. 73 East Lake under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s when we took this photograph of 73 East Lake rising in The Loop. Back then, 73 was only six stories tall, and had zero residents. Today the building built by M&R...

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