Listen to John Schmidt talk about street names on Eight Forty-Eight Every so often, you'll hear a visitor to our city ask for directions to Madison Avenue. This will make a true Chicagoan's blood boil.
How well did you find your way around 1944 Chicago?Most of the buildings in the picture have been demolished to make way for the UIC campus. But there are some clues.We have a wide street here, and there are only a few like this within a three-mile radius of State and Madison.
The news in Chicago in January 1923 was about vampires. No, not that kind.The problem was "vampire autos."Cars were just beginning to crowd the city then. Traffic laws were primitive, and drivers were usually careless.
Crime was on the minds of Chicagoans on this January 16th in 1925.The city was earning a reputation as the wildest metropolis in the world. In the past five years robberies had gone up 35%, while the numbers of rapes, bombings, and arson cases were rising at an alarming rate.
How well did you find your way around the Chicago of 1947?The building with the clock tower is Grand Central Station. Built in 1890, for many years it was the Chicago terminus of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.