Then and Now, Orleans-Kinzie

1972–Orleans Street @ Kinzie Street, view north
2021–the same location

At our location, Orleans Street has begun its upward slope as a viaduct, preparing to cross the Chicago River. The stairway in the left foreground provides pedestrian access to Kinzie Street below. In 1972 this was still a low-rent area of warehouses and small buildings. The steeple of Assumption Catholic Church dominates the landscape.

Today the blocks here are filled with newer and mostly-better buildings. The neighborhood now sports the trendy name of River North. But though you can’t see it in the newer photo, Assumption Church is still operating.


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