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Chicago, 1907. State Street south from Lake Street.

Chicago, State Street south from Lake Street. I marvel to think that my Chicago born Grandpa Pinner, of German and Swiss parents, was 23 years old at the time.

Chicago Past - Art Institute   1904 Michigan Avenue

Chicago Art Institute, 1904 My husband and I find it amazing how "barren" the Chicago landscape was in these early days! And fun to see the lions there. Look in the comments below to see the Art Institute as it was last summer when we were in the city.

Horse drawn snow plow on Michigan Ave., Chicago 1908

Horse-drawn snow plow on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Photograph by Chicago Daily News, Inc.

Downtown Chicago without any skyscrapers. From 1924.

Downtown Chicago without any skyscrapers. From Two years ago I stayed at a hotel in Chicago that had this same view.

1920's Broadway in New York City - the Great White Way, as Mr. Easter calls it.

Broadway north from Street, showing Winter Garden Theatre, Maxine Elliott Theatre (demolished in Casino Theatre (demolished in and Knickerbocker Theatre (demolished in ~ New York City

RED LIGHT CHICAGO: The notorious Levee, the city’s red light district.  Home to the famous brothel the Everleigh Club (from which the name of the site comes), the Levee was located around South Dearborn Street, its epicenter lying between 21st and 23rd streets. Every building either housed a brothel, a gambling site or a bar, also known as a “sporting club.”  The photo shows Dearborn at 21st street around 1910. The area was "cleaned up" in 1917.

This marks the post for Calumet 412 and as I have done for each it is dedicated to the the notorious Levee, the city’s red light district. Home to the famous brothel the Everleigh Club.

Looking north on Halsted from North Ave, 1900, Chicago This scene is dramatically different today. Ryerson and Burnham Archive, Art Institute of Chicago

Looking north on Halsted from North Ave, Chicago This scene is dramatically different today. Ryerson and Burnham Archive, Art Institut.

Intersection of Michigan Avenue (then called Pine Street) and Huron Street in 1886. The photo reveals the elite residential character of what would become one of Chicago's renowned retail strips. The city's water tower can be seen in the distance along the west side of Pine Street.

Intersection of Michigan Avenue (then called Pine Street) and Huron Street in 1886

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