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Bridgeport’s Chicago & Alton Railroad Bridge
by Patrick McBriarty » 10.23.2014

One of the most unique bridges in Chicago still carries train traffic through the Bridgeport neighborhood. The history of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Bridge is intricately woven into the story of the neighborhood, the growth of the city, and the development of the Illinois & Michigan (I&M) Canal and the railroads as Bridgeport and Chicago became a key junction and national center for trade, transportation, and commerce. Read More »



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The 12th Street Bridge That Never Was
by Patrick McBriarty » 2.5.2014

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Five Years of Forgotten Chicago, Part 2: Research
by Patrick Steffes » 12.6.2012

Since Forgotten Chicago’s modest beginnings as a web site in November 2007, we have prided ourselves on the depth of our extensive research on the Chicago area’s overlooked built (and unbuilt) environment. In addition to writing articles, giving presentations, and conducting tours, Forgotten Chicago recognizes that an enormous amount of little-known yet invaluable information on Chicagoland history and development to date has never been cataloged, digitized, or made easily accessible to researchers (including us). Read More »



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Review of FC175, Our Chicago Birthday Party Held March 31, 2012
by Staff » 4.8.2012

Many thanks to everyone who attended FC175 on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Greenhouse Loft. We hope attendees had as much fun at our event as we had putting it together! If you were unable to attend, we hope you enjoy this summary of the event. Read More »


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Chicago Motor Club Building
by Serhii Chrucky » 5.3.2011

The Chicago Motor Club building was designed and completed within 265 days in 1928 and opened January of the next year. Having been granted National Register status in 1978, the building is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s finest Art Deco style skyscrapers. Read More »


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Sidewalk Stamps
by Serhii Chrucky » 8.24.2010

Sidewalk stamps can be found on the streets of American cities large and small. These ubiquitous inscriptions are the proud commemorations of a job well done, as well as a practical and long-term form of advertising. Read More »


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Neonlicht
by Jacob Kaplan and Serhii Chrucky » 12.9.2009

As the Kraftwerk song goes, Ist diese stadt aus licht, although not all lights are made equal, and in 2009 — cities, especially ours, are becoming more and more devoid of the unique light. Read More »


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Bygone Breweries
by Jacob Kaplan » 8.20.2009

Unlike neighboring Milwaukee, Chicago has never been known as a center of brewing. This is not to say it wasn’t a sizable local industry. Read More »


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