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The Continental: 1947

The Continental: 1947

August 6, 1947. "Continental Hotel, Chicago." 45-story tower completed in 1929; the onion dome encloses a spiral staircase leading to a small observatory. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.


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That would have to be the baddies hideout, tilted like that.

The WGN-AM transmitter

at that time (and today) was located over twenty miles northwest of the Loop, near Itasca, on Route 53. It was built in 1938. Its previous transmitter was even farther to the northwest, in Elgin. The original WGN-TV studios were in cramped quarters in Tribune Tower from 1948 to 1961, at which point the entire Tribune broadcasting operation was moved to new studios on the North Side, north of Addison Street close to the North Branch of the Chicago River. The radio studios returned to Tribune Tower a few years ago. The original transmitter and tower for WGN-TV was at the old Daily News building in the West Loop, and moved to Tribune Tower in 1950, then to the Prudential Building in 1954. I believe it now resides atop the Sears, I mean, Willis Tower.


Can anyone familiar with this area comment on the building seen to the right which seems to have the letters W G N which would be the call letters for the famous radio station owned by the Chicago Tribune (W)orlds (G)reatest (N)ewspaper. From what I understand, WGN broadcast from the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue. Maybe this is a transmitter station assuming that is an antenna at the extreme right of the photo?

[Those were the WGN radio and later TV studios in the Tribune Tower complex. -tterrace]

Beef Medallions

Ray's Famous Steaks (112 E. Illinois) had its own currency.

High Shrine

The building was originally the sumptuous Medinah Athletic Club, built by the Shriners organization in 1929, intended as a hotel and activity center for its membership. Note the parapet and crescent atop the building, long since removed, the latter part of Shriners heraldry.

The "small observatory" and parapet were originally intended for the docking of dirigibles. The building is now part of the Intercontinental Hotel.

In the foreground is what was a Chicago institution, Ray's Famous Steaks, on Illinois Street. Michigan Avenue has an upper and a lower level, which might confuse people looking at this photograph, since it appears the structure was built in front of a viaduct, which is actually Upper Michigan Avenue.

America's answer

To the leaning tower of Pisa

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