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July 6, 2021

47 Vintage Photographs Capture Street Scenes of Chicago in the Early 1970s

Life was good during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Railroad provided employment, church's influenced a lot of people, heavy duty industry was still in the city, keeping people busy and employed kept a lot of people out of trouble.

On Diversey Parkway and Halsted Street, there used to be all kinds of small family-owned businesses. There were bakeries, butcher shops, greasy-spoon diners, liquor stores, old-fashioned barber shops, and tiny drugstores that had only two or three aisles.

Nowadays, all those businesses are gone, and have been replaced with trendy restaurants, upscale boutiques, expensive wine shops, stores that sell fancy furniture and stores that sell fancy glassware. Also, there’s a spa in almost every block. Those businesses cater to the yuppies who now live there.

These amazing black and white photos were taken by ceebop that show what Chicago looked like in the early 1970s.

The Walgreens, Chicago, circa 1970s

Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, 1970

Kinzie Street looking west from State Street, Chicago, 1970

Michigan and Washington, Chicago, 1970

Wabash and Randolph Streets, Chicago, 1970

Wabash Ave., Chicago, 1970

Wabash Ave., Chicago, 1970

Fulton fish market, Chicago, 1972

Maxwell Street, Chicago, 1973

Maxwell Street, Chicago, 1973

Seed seller at Randolph and State, Chicago, 1973

Chicago skyline viewed from 333 N. Michigan, 33rd Floor, 1974

Belmont and Sheffield, Chicago, circa 1970s

Book store at 128 W. Lake Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

Chicago from above, circa 1970s

Chicago in a snowy day, circa 1970s

Chicago in a snowy day, circa 1970s

Chicago in a snowy day, circa 1970s

Chicago in a snowy day, circa 1970s

Chicago in a snowy day, circa 1970s

Chicago kids, circa 1970s

Chicago kids, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Chicago street scenes, circa 1970s

Diversey and Broadway, Chicago, circa 1970s

Fulton Market, Chicago, circa 1970s

Maxwell Street Market, Chicago, circa 1970s

Michigan Ave., Chicago, circa 1970s

Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago, circa 1970s

North Clark Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

North Dearborn Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

On the right beneath the Playdium Parking Bowl sign, was originally the entrance to the Covent Theatre. The Covent Hotel is still standing today, Chicago, circa 1970s

Randolph and State Streets, Chicago, circa 1970s

Randolph Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

Randolph Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

Randolph Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

Randolph Street, Chicago, circa 1970s

Roosevelt Road, Chicago, circa 1970s

Roscoe and Halsted Streets, Chicago, circa 1970s

South east bound Lincoln on the left and Racine on the right at Diversey, Chicago, circa 1970s




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