This past Tuesday, we ran a post on Chicago's Bridge to Nowhere — the former "L" bridge crossing the West Side Metra tracks near Paulina and Carroll. Since then, John Schmidt has come across another photo which gives a clearer picture of how the bridge was once linked to our transit system.
The text of the plaque at 2701 S. Damen Ave. describes the achievements of Father Jacques Marquette, the first European to reside in Chicago. But there’s one aspect of the plaque that always seems to catch the viewer’s eye: the swastikas.
Guess the mystery location in this 1922 photo taken on the West Side--in this case, west of the river, between North Avenue and 26th Street. Though there have been some changes made in 90 years, an important clue remains.
On this day in 1965, Chicago got its first, full-fledged public university. The University of Illinois' Chicago Circle campus was dedicated.The university had been founded at Urbana in 1867. The first Chicago branch opened in 1946 at Navy Pier--"Harvard on the Rocks," the students called it.