PHOTO – CHICAGO – RANDOLPH STREET – LOOKING W GROUND LEVEL FROM STATE STREET – NOTE STREETCAR TRACKS ON STATE – A WONDERFUL IMAGE WITH SIGNS AND A VINTAGE CHECKER TAXI – I ONLY WISH IT WERE A LITTLE LARGER – 1955 – EDITED FROM WILLIAM HORBERG   Leave a comment

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Posted August 15, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

PHOTO – CHICAGO – RANDOLPH STREET – LOOKING W GROUND LEVEL FROM ABOUT A BLOCK AND A HALF E OF STATE STREET – YELLOW CAB PULLED UP ON LEFT – TRAILWAYS BUS STATION – 20 E RANDOLPH – TWA SIGN AT STATE – ANDES CANDIES – WALGREENS – c1960 – EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER   Leave a comment

A PHOTO - CHICAGO - RANDOLPH STREET - LOOKING W GROUND LEVEL FROM ABOUT A BLOCK AND A HALF E OF STATE STREET - YELLOW CAB PULLED UP ON LEFT - TRAILWAYS BUS STATION - 20 E RANDOLPH - TWA SIGN AT STATE - c1960

Posted August 15, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

PHOTO – CHICAGO – STATE STREET AT WASHINGTON – SLIGHTLY ELEVATED VIEW – VERY BIG CROWD – LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS SEASON BUT THE DECORATIONS ON THE TOP OF POLE LEFT OF CENTER ARE RATHER SUBDUED – MARSHALL FIELD’S ON LEFT – DOUBLE-DECKER BUS CHICAGO MOTOR COACH COMPANY ON RIGHT – WALGREENS DRUGSTORE IN DISTANCE – 1940s – EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER – SEE COMMENTS ABOUT “HAPPY FEELING” OF THIS IMAGE   2 comments

A PHOTO - CICAGO - STATE STREET AT WASHINGTON - SLIGHTLY ELECVATED - BIG CROWD - LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS SEASON - MARSHALL FIELDS - DOUBLE-DECKER BUS CHICAGO MOTOR COACH - WALGREENS IN DISTANCE - 1940s

Posted August 10, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

PHOTO – CHICAGO – VAN BUREN AND WABASH – CROWD CROSSING THE STREET UNDER THE ELEVATED STRUCTURE – NOTE FRED POTTHAST RESTAURANT – UNITED CIGARS STORE – STREETCAR TRACKS – STOPLIGHT ON LEFT – 1940 – EDITED FROM A JOHN VACHON IMAGE   1 comment

A PHOTO - CHICAGO - VAN BUREN AND WABASH - CROWD CROSSING THE STREET UNDER THE ELEVATED STRUCTURE - FRED POTTHAST RESTAURANT - UNITED CIGARS - 1940 - JOHN VAHON

Posted August 10, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON SE CORNER OF 71ST STREET AND BENNETT AVE SOUTH SHORE NEIGHBORHOOD – AN ELABORATE PEDIMENT STRUCTURE WITH THE BUILDING’S DATE FROM THE HEYDAY OF CHICAGO’S BRICK AND TERRA COTTA TRIM BUILDINGS – NOTE: BRICK AND TERRACOTTA CONSTRUCTION FEATURED IN A GREAT MANY OF THE CITY’S NEIGHBORHOOD APARTMENT BUILDINGS AND SHOPPING STREET STORES AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MOVIE THEATERS OF THE 1920s – THERE IS ALSO A SMALLER BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTO YOU CAN FIND ON THE SITE SHOWING THE ENTIRE BUILDING – EDITED FROM AN IMAGE BY DEBBIE MERCER – IMAGE DATE UNKNOWN   Leave a comment

PHOTO - CHICAGO - COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON CORNER - 71ST STREET AND BENNETT AVE - EDITED FROM AN IMAGE BY DEBBIE MERCER -

Posted August 7, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

PHOTO – CHICAGO – JEFFERY THEATER – 1952 E 71 ST SOUTH SHORE NEIGHBORHOOD – AUDITORIUM INTERIOR – A WONDERFUL FIND – WE ALREADY HAVE A LOBBY PHOTO OF THE JEFFERY ON THE SITE – NOTE: THE AVALON WAS MY FAVORITE OF OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD “MOVIE PALACES” BUT THE JEFFERY WAS A CLOSE SECOND – JUST A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE GOING TO ONE OF THESE PLACES FOR A DOUBLE FEATURE AND GETTING A BIG CONTAINER OF FRESHLY-POPPED BUTTERED POPCORN (THE BUTTER MELTED, THE REAL STUFF, DRIZZLED ON AND IF YOU WANTED MORE YOU ONLY HAD TO ASK) – THE THEATER LOBBIES ALWAYS HAD BIG POPPING MACHINES ATTENDED AT THE CANDY COUNTER AND YOU COULD HEAR IT AND SMELL IT AS NEW BATCHES WERE PERIODICALLY MADE – MAYBE YOU WOULD ALSO HAVE A CANDY BAR OF WHICH THERE WAS A HUGE CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS – THE ATMOSPHERE WITH HIGHLY THEATRICAL LIGHTING AND ROMANTIC ARCHITECTURE WAS SO EXCITING AND MYSTERIOUS MAKING “GOING TO THE MOVIES” A SPECIAL EVENT – THE CITY HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF SUCH THEATERS (PLUS MANY MORE MODEST ONES) BOTH DOWNTOWN AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS SO IT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE QUITE A CHOICE OF THE “SHOW” YOU WERE GOING TO SEE AT ANY TIME – TRULY LIKE NOTHING AROUND TODAY – THE MOVIE MULTIPLEXES TODAY ARE PRETTY STERILE-LOOKING BY COMPARISON WITH NO ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE OR LIGHTING AND GENERALLY HAVE A SINGLE MOVIE PLUS TONS OF ADS (THERE WERE NONE TO SPEAK OF IN THE 1950s AND 1960s EXCEPT A PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S SHOW) – THE POPCORN ISN’T EVEN FRESHLY-POPPED NOW (GENERALLY PRE-POPPED IN BAGS, OFTEN RATHER DRY AND STALE) – ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO LIKELY DATES TO OPENING AS A VAUDEVILLE THEATER IN 1924   Leave a comment

PHOTO - CHICAGO - JEFFERY THEATER - 1952 E 71 ST - AUDITORIUM INTERIOR - ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO LIKELY DATES TO OPENING 1924

Posted August 2, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

POSTCARD – CHICAGO – OAK STREET BEACH – “WITH NORTH SHORE SKYLINE” – GROUND LEVEL LOOKING W – BIG CROWD – NICE VERSION – 1961   Leave a comment

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - OAK STREET BEACH - WITH NORTH SHORE SKYLINE - GROUND LEVEL LOOKING W - BIG CROWD - NICE VERSION - 1961

Posted July 29, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized