Then and Now, Canal-Adams

1956–Canal Street @ Adams Street, view north
2021–the same location

This section of Canal Street is actually a long viaduct, paralleling the ground-level approach tracks to Union Station. In 1956 the air-rights over the tracks had not yet been fully-developed. A few blocks north at Madison Street, the Chicago Daily News Building stands. And across the river is the Civic Opera Building, popularly known as Samuel Insull’s Throne.

In 2021 newer buildings on the east side of Canal Street block the view of the opera house. But the onetime Chicago Daily News Building—now Riverside Plaza—is still visible.

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1 Response to “Then and Now, Canal-Adams”


  1. 1 Garry September 21, 2021 at 5:48 am

    The Opera House & Daily News Buildings were really filthy then. There may have still been some steam locomotives running on the north leads to Union Station & maybe even some at Northwestern Station.


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