Washington Street east from Clark Street

A dense block of Chicago’s earliest buildings once occupied what is now Daley Plaza.

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State Street south from Lake Street

State Street, through the years.

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State Street north from Madison Street

State Street, through the years.

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Randolph Street east from Dearborn Street

The cluster of theaters along Randolph Street was once known as the Rialto, after the bustling business district in Venice.

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Marshall Field's Window

Window shopping, then and now: yesterday’s Marshall Field and Company shoppers have given way to today’s Macy’s shoppers.

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Northeast corner of State Street and Washington

The Marshall Field Building was constructed in several phases between 1892 and 1914, eventually filling the entire block.

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Southeast corner of State Street and Randolph Street

Central Music Hall, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, once stood on the site of the current-day Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field and Company) department store.

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Lake Street east from Clark Street

Lake Street was once the bustling retail hub of the Loop, complete with muddy wagon ruts. Then Potter Palmer enticed shoppers to his dry goods store on State Street, and the rest is history.

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Photo credit: Alan Brunettin

The Camera Store Worker

Chicago’s oldest camera store, Central Camera has been operating on South Wabash Street since 1899.

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Photo credit: Alan Brunettin

The Hotel Historian

The sumptuous Palmer House Hilton is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the U.S.  The current building sits on the site of the original Palmer House Hotel, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871 — just 13 days after it opened.

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