Then and Now, Dearborn-Jackson

1936–Dearborn Street @ Jackson Boulevard, view north

2017–the same location

The older photo features the famous Great Northern Hotel, designed in 1890 by Burnham and Root.  Across Dearborn Street, on the far left of that picture, part of the old Federal Court House is visible.

The hotel and the old court house have been replaced by the Dirksen and the Kluczynski federal buildings, respectively.  The streetcars are gone from Dearborn, and the only two-way traffic on that street is in the curbside bike lanes.



2 Responses to “Then and Now, Dearborn-Jackson”

  1. 1 Garry March 12, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Absolutely criminal that the feds destroyed the old Post Office & courthouse! I read the federal government didn’t pay for it, the people of Chicago raised the money for it.
    My father took me into to it just before it was wrecked, the rotunda was magnificent!

  2. 2 Melvin March 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    It rarely gets mentioned among the major landmarks, but I’ve always liked the Marquette Building, hanging in there between the two photos.

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