Chicago Under Destruction, Part Two

I recently ran a few demolition photos from the 1970s.  The response was surprisingly enthusiastic, so I’m posting some more today.

Central Station--1201 S. Michigan Ave.

Central Station—1201 S. Michigan Ave.

The Illinois Central railroad opened this magnificent structure just in time for the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  Most Chicagoans simply called it Twelfth Street Station.  It was torn down in 1974.

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Commercial block--northeast corner Lawrence-Central

Commercial block—northeast corner Lawrence-Central

You can still find many of these 1920s commercial blocks around the city.  At this site, a chain pharmacy replaced the independent “mom-and-pop” drug store in 1975.  You may interpret that fact any way you wish.

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Commercial block--northeast corner Grand-Rush

Commercial block—northeast corner Grand-Rush

By the time I took this picture in 1975, very little was left of the old building, which fronted on Michigan Avenue and once housed the Midwest offices of Time magazine.  A Marriott hotel occupies the property today.

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1 Response to “Chicago Under Destruction, Part Two”


  1. 1 Garry June 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

    No one missed the IC 12th St. Station when it was gone.
    It was an architectural monstrosity that was put up in just 6 months & you could tell that by its wretched layout.
    You had to go upstairs to buy a ticket & then down again to get a train.
    The only thing interesting was the giant Pepsi sign on the roof, that faced the giant Coke sign where the Standard Oil Building was then built.
    A little ad war at each end of Grant Park.


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