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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Grant Park: 1911

Grant Park: 1911

Chicago circa 1911. "Grant Park, south from Art Institute." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Below is the same view from June of 2017.

Grant Park: 2014

As Michael R points out, most of the Michigan Avenue buildings from the 1911 photo still stand.

The tower in the far distance at the left of the 1911 photo is Central Station (demolished 1974). The view looking north from the station at the Art Institute is in the Shorpy photo Chicago: 1901.

Another look at the Art Institute from the south is this 1915 Shorpy photo.

McCormick Building

The big skyscraper with the giant sign is the first phase of the McCormick Building, at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street, designed by Holabird & Roche and built 1908-1910.

The addition, in the cleared space to its right, was completed in 1912. The whole building was converted to condominiums several years ago. With the exception of the small six- and seven-story buildings to the right of the McCormick Building, just about everything else you see in this view of the Michigan Avenue "Wall" is still standing.

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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