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Grant Park: 1910

Grant Park: 1910

Chicago circa 1910. "Grant Park and Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Avenue." Note the STUDEBAKER CARRIAGES sign. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Below is the same view from June of 2017.

The smoke-filled room

About halfway up the near side of the Blackstone Hotel is the legendary "smoke-filled room" where in 1920 powerful Republican party chiefs will arrange the presidential nomination of Warren G. Harding.

Future Site of the ...

The full block to the left of the Blackstone Hotel - between Balbo Drive (formerly 7th Street) and 8th Street - will be the future site of the Hilton Chicago (originally known as the Stevens Hotel, later as the Conrad Hilton Hotel, and still later as the Chicago Hilton and Towers). This hotel was the largest in the world when it opened in 1927. The buildings on the block shown here include several old private houses of the Chicago Fire era (c. 1871) and a long two-story commercial block all decked out in white terra cotta cladding that looks brand new. Much of the rest of the "wall" of Michigan Avenue buildings is already in place, and most of that "wall" is still standing.

Roughly the Same Spot

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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