Street Scenes of Chicago in the 1970s Through Amazing Photos

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Charles William (Bill) Brubaker (1926-2002) was a member of the Chicago-based architecture firm Perkins & Will from 1950 until 1998. First joining the firm as an intern, he rose to become its President and Chairman (1968-1974).

Chicago in the 1970s

Best known for his work designing schools, Brubaker also authored articles and books on school design and urban planning, served on Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, and lectured on design of the urban environment.

These amazing photos from UIC Library Digital Collections are part of Brubaker’s personal slide collection. They show aspects of the built environment of Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area during the 1970s.

View looking north along North Michigan Avenue from just south of the intersection with East Superior Street, 1970

View of pedestrians walking in Grant Park with the Loop skyline in the distance, 1970

View of two- and three-story buildings along the north side of West Chicago Avenue, with businesses on the ground floor and apartments above, 1970

North Sedgwick Street from south of the CTA elevated train tracks, 1971

Touhy Avenue and elevated train tracks, 1971

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