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Memories of Chicago's Past Captured on Mega-Popular Facebook Page

By Justin Breen | December 31, 2015 6:01am | Updated on February 9, 2016 5:32pm

CHICAGO — Janis Heuberger hasn't lived in Chicago for more than 30 years, but her memories of growing up here have been alive with the mega-popular Facebook page she created this year.

The "Growing Up In Chicago" Facebook page — where Heuberger, a Roseland native, posts about five vintage photos daily — passed 29,000 followers on Wednesday. The pics date from the 1800s to the early 1980s, said Heuberger, who lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It's taken off like wildfire," said Heuberger, 57. "The site has exceeded my expectations because I don't live physically in Chicago anymore."

Heuberger finds the photos on public domain sites, but also receives a great deal of pics from followers' private collections. She loves hearing back from her readers, including a woman who messaged her whose 88-year-old father checks out the site every day because it gives them memories to talk about.

"People miss the old Chicago and the memories of it," Heuberger said. "People are visual and visual things bring back memories."

Check out some of the site's photos here and below:

1926 - The Norshore Theatre, at 1749 W. Howard St., and the Merry Garden beauty queens.

Posted by Growing up in Chicago on Saturday, November 28, 2015

1933 - A man walks along the Chicago River with the help of nifty inflatable shoes and a paddle.

Posted by Growing up in Chicago on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Apollo 11 Astronaut Parade - Spectators linger on the Michigan Avenue bridge after the parade for Apollo 11 astronauts

Posted by Growing up in Chicago on Monday, November 9, 2015

A construction worker stands atop the antenna of the Sears Tower, nearing completion, 1972, Chicago. He is untethered, about 1485 feet in the air…

Posted by Growing up in Chicago on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Construction of the John Hancock Building

Posted by Growing up in Chicago on Saturday, August 8, 2015

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