Then and Now, Wells-Chicago

1954–Wells Street @ Chicago Avenue, view south

2020–the same location

In 1954 this part of the Near North Side was a low-rent area.  Looking down Wells Street, the photographer’s zoom lense causes the Merchandise Mart and the Steuben Club Tower to loom over the squat buildings in the foreground.  The top of the Board of Trade is also visible.

Today this neighborhood is anything but low-rent, and the buildings are newer and taller.  And back in 1954, who would have predicted that a pandemic would bring about tent-dining in the middle of a major street?


2 Responses to “Then and Now, Wells-Chicago”

  1. 1 MIKE December 1, 2020 at 8:29 am

    What’s the name of that tall building at the right with the antenna?

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt December 1, 2020 at 9:10 am

      I believe you’re referring to the Steuben Club Tower—now known as the Randolph Tower—located on the northeast corner of Randolph and Wells.

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