Then and Now, Clark-Monroe

1952–Clark Street @ Monroe Street, view north

2019–the same location

The heart of the Loop, 1952.  Two-way traffic on Clark Street.  Streetcars.  The old First National Bank of Chicago, with its corner clocks.  In the distance, the Hotel Planters.

In our time.  One-way traffic on Clark Street.  Buses instead of streetcars.  The 1969-vintage  First National Plaza skyscraper, lately known as the Chase Tower.  No more Hotel Planters.  But now we do have McDonald’s.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Clark-Monroe”


  1. 1 Garry August 2, 2019 at 6:56 am

    That McDonald’s used to be the obscenely overpriced Nick’s Fishmarket restaurant.
    That’s some great poetic justice!


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