Then and Now, Illinois-State

1954--Illinois Street @ State, view east

1954–Illinois Street @ State Street, view east

2015--the same locationj

2015–the same location

In 1954 Illinois Street was a nondescript little Near North Side street. Many of the buildings here dated from the years immediately after the Great Fire of 1871, and were seldom more than three stories tall. In the distance at Michigan Avenue, the Inter-Continental Hotel towers over the neighborhood.

Today the Near North Side is densely built. Here the old walk-ups have been replaced by high-rises, blocking out the hotel. Illinois Street has been converted to one-way eastbound and paired with Grand Avenue. As a major route into Navy Pier, traffic is usually heavy—but not so much on Sunday morning, when I took the picture.

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