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History and pictures of Riverview Park

Art Institute
Art Institute and Ferguson Fountain, Grant Park

The present building finished in 1893 contains valuable collections of sculpture, paintings and objects of art, ranking with the best. A great storehouse of treasurers. Its art school is the largest in the world with some 5000 students, annually enrolled. Also houses the Goodman Memorial Theatre, the center of its dramatic activities.
(postmark: 1943)

Cement Bridge, Garfield Park
Garfield Park is located on the west side between Hamlin Avenue and Central Park Avenue, from West Kinzie Street to Colorado Avenue, Madison Street, dividing line for north and south part of Chicago, runs through the center of the park. Just south of Madison Street is the band stand and the Formal Gardens. North of Madison Street is the Lagoon and the boat house, also the conservatory, said to be the largest in the world. The total area of the park is 188 acres


Chicago Fair
The Oil Industry Service Center

The ideal place to meet your friends when you visit the Chicago Fair of 1950, right opposite the “Frontiers of Freedom” – Complete facilities for rest and relaxation – Clean rest rooms – Information bureau – Interesting moving pictures, free – Here, as at service stations throughout America, courteous, helpful service is the watchword.

Yacht Harbor
Jackson Park, Chicago

Pleasure yacht harbor in Jackson Park, Chicago with replica of Columbus’ flagship, the “ Santa Maria” in the background. The latter was presented to Chicago by the former rulers of Spain on the occasion of the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.


View at Lake Shore Drive and North Avenue
Lake Shore Drive extends south along the eastern part of Lincoln Park parallel to the mile-long lagoon, which contains all kinds of small craft. From the south entrance of the park the Drive skirts the Lake Front and on the left are some of the most beautiful residences in the City. On the right is a shaded bridle path, and beyond a gentle sloping beach with great blocks of granite as a protection from the storm waves

Lake Shore Drive
Lake Shore Drive, North from Drake Hotel

North from Drake Hotel, Chicago

A bird’s eye view of the famous boulevard link from the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and upper Michigan Avenue to Lincoln Park. This exclusive section is seen from Chicago’s wonderful hotel, The Drake.


Lauer Sisters

We invite you visit Lauer Sisters’ Restaurant
63rd St at Norma Blvd.
Two Air Conditioned Dining Rooms
All foods cooked and served under the supervision of the Lauer Sisters
We never close
Phone: WENtworth 8630
(postmark: Aug 30 1943

Lincoln Park

A view of the south end of Lincoln Park with the newly constructed driveways, great bathing beach and recreation pier and 440 foot beach house. This development, completed by the Chicago Park District in 1941, adds another to the many attractions of Chicago as a place for summer fun
(postmark: 1947)


Marshall Field & Co.

Marshall Field & Co. Main Retail Store

Far-Famed as one of the world’s largest stores notable for its beautiful display of fine merchandise, one of the show places o Chicago. 13 stories and 3 basements; covers 1 ¼ blocks.
(postmarked: Jul 27 1943)

Post Office and Federal Building, Chicago

The Post Office occupies a full city square bounded by Clark, Adams and Dearborn Streets and Jackson Boulevard. Construction commenced in 1897 completed in 1905; cost $4,757.000. The building is 311 by 386 feet, containing 150,000 square feet in its basement floor. The main building is eight stories high and the dome section contains eight more stories, making sixteen in all; the total height is 297 feet, depth of foundation 76 feet. (postmark: Jul 27 1925)


Capitol Building, Chicago

The Capitol Building, formerly Masonic Temple is located at the northeast corner of east Randolph and north State Streets. It was the first skyscraper erected in Chicago, being 21 stories high 354 feet above the sidewalk. (postmark: Aug 13 1928)

Prominent Scenes of Chicago


News and Civic Opera Buildings

(postmark: Nov 30 1943)

Hotel Atlantic
Clark St. near Jackson Blvd.
Famous for Good Cooking – 450 Rooms – Clark Street near Jackson Blvd. Chicago (postmark: Aug 23 1948)


Humboldt Park

Sunken Garden from Pergola in new section, Humboldt Park, Chicago

Humboldt Park is known as the most beautiful of Chicago’s West Side Parks. A beautiful Rose Garden with Pergola and walks lies on one side of Garden wall, while on the other side is a perennial Garden. A Water Court and Music Court are also attractive features of the park. (postmark: Aug 11 1921

Michigan Avenue
221 Michigan Avenue
Michigan Avenue looking north from the Art Institute is one of the best known streets in Chicago. All built right along Michigan Avenue are of the highest class architecture and very striking in appearance., (postmark: 1922, Lakeview Station



The motor coaches start at Devon Avenue and Sheridan Road and go downtown via Sheridan Road, Lincoln Park and Lake Shore Drive, then go around the loop via Michigan Ave, Jackson Blvd. State Capital, Washington city streets and return to the starting point. The fare is ten cents and it requires about one hour each way to make the trip. The best and least expensive method of seeing the city.
(postmark: Aug 13 1928)

Night View of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart

In the background can be seen the Palmolive Building and La Salle-Wacker Building with their powerful airplane beacons. Also in the picture are the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower as well as other skyscrapers.

(postmark: Feb 7 1948)

Postcards Submitted by Karen Miller unless otherwise noted


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