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Vintage Chicago Skyline Photos
Beginning in the early 1880s, architectural pioneers of the Chicago School explored steel-frame construction and, in the 1890s, the use of large areas of plate glass. These were among the first modern skyscrapers. William LeBaron Jenney's Home Insurance Building was completed in 1885 and is considered to be the first to use steel in its structural frame instead of cast iron, but this building was still clad in heavy brick and stone.

Below we feature
vintage Chicago skyline photos taken during the early decades of the 1930, 1940, 1950 and 1960's.  Each image is a glimpse into the history of how Chicago came to be one of the most world renowned metropolitan areas in the world.

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 Historic Chicago - Chicago River View From State Street  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Historic Chicago - Chicago River View From State Street"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 View to Grand Avenue 1930 - Historic Chicago  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"View to Grand Avenue 1930 - Historic Chicago"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Downtown near Dearborn - Historic Chicago Picture  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Downtown near Dearborn - Historic Chicago Picture"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Bridges Up - Historical Chicago Wall Art  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Bridges Up - Historical Chicago Wall Art"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Banks of Chicago River - Historical Chicago Print  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Banks of Chicago River - Historical Chicago Print"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Turn of the Century Bascule  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Turn of the Century Bascule"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Vintage Chicago Print - Lakefront  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Vintage Chicago Print - Lakefront"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Tribune Building during turn of the Century  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Tribune Building during turn of the Century"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 The S Curve of Lake Shore Drive - Black & White  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"The S Curve of Lake Shore Drive - Black & White"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Marshall Fields Christmas - Old State Street Circa 1980s  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Marshall Fields Christmas - Old State Street Circa 1980s"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Vintage Chicago - Lake Shore Drive  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Vintage Chicago - Lake Shore Drive"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
 Michian Avenue in the 1930s - View from the Art Institute  - Vintage-Chicago-skyline-photo
"Michian Avenue in the 1930's - View from the Art Institute"
Vintage Chicago Skyline Picture
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