Chicago lakefront, ca. 1893

United States Army Corps of Engineers
Folder 1, Item 7, MiS Chicago Lakefront and River Photos, Special Collections, Newberry Library.

Illinois Central train tracks run north along the shore to a terminal on the south side of the Chicago River. Forty years earlier the tracks had been built out over the water, following a right of way granted by the city. Landfill subsequently created Grant Park. Sail and steam-powered ships are visible in the harbor.

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