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Chicago in September

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Here's photo thread containing some more snapshots of Chicago.

We'll start on the near Southside in the Historic Prairie Ave. District. This was the area where many of the wealthiest, most important people in Chicago lived between 1870 and 1900. It went through the typical boom-bust cycle of any urban place during the 20th Century, and is now back near the top again.

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Some of the new townhouses and condo towers going up on former railyards in the area.

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The front of the Glessner Hoiuse - one of the few survivors from this area heyday. It is one of the few H. H. Richardson desgined houses in the US.

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The Clark House is the oldest house building in Chicago. It was built circa 1830 at what is now S. Michigan & 16th, then was moved to S. Wabash & 47th in the 1860s, and then foudn the returned to its present location (next door to the Glessner Hosue) in the 1970s.

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Some of new rowhouses across the street from the Clark and Glessner houses.

Now let's move to the Northside and check out some of N. Wells in the Old Town portion of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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Jump to the far Westside and then track east, then south:

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The above 2 photos are of neighboring identical houses - one abandoned and stripped, the other occupied and maintained.

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Some old housing projects detined to be demolished and replaced with the new mixed use buildings in the above picture. (These were taken from area near the UIC campus.)

Lastly, a skyline shot taken from the UIC campus:

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you know, Chicago is so dense and urban, and often gets over looked because it sits below NY and LA. But Chicago also shares alot of similiarities with it's, less healthy distant cousin, Detroit. You can see in the street scapes and boarded up houses, and just the turn of the century Urbanity. I don't think most people realize that Chicago is still about 1million people off of its population peak in the 50's.

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I don't think most people realize that Chicago is still about 1million people off of its population peak in the 50's.

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you know, Chicago is so dense and urban, and often gets over looked because it sits below NY and LA. But Chicago also shares alot of similiarities with it's, less healthy distant cousin, Detroit. You can see in the street scapes and boarded up houses, and just the turn of the century Urbanity. I don't think most people realize that Chicago is still about 1million people off of its population peak in the 50's.

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Thanks for the photothread, but I was thinking the same that some of those photos could be taken straight out of Detroit. Very interesting. Thanks again for the photos, and downtown from UIC looks amazing.

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