Chicago then was not Chicago now.
Our lovely lakefront with its museums, parks, bike trails - all that used to be factories, smokestacks, trains spewing smoke, horses (and their uh...you know) and factory waste being dumped straight into the river and lake.
This basically is where Millennium Park is today.
The same space in 1965:
Check this out. Illinois Center & The Hyatt? Factories. NBC Building & 401 N Michigan Avenue? Soap factory & warehouse. Hybrid cars? Nope. Muddy streets, horses & their "leave behinds" ? You bet your nose this city was stinky.
Doesn't it make you appreciate where we are today?
Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.