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See What Your Neighborhood Looked Like From 1920 to 1950 in Our Photo Map

By  Linze Rice and Tanveer Ali | December 27, 2016 5:56am | Updated on January 4, 2017 3:19pm

 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The intersection of Sheridan Road and Wellington Avenue, Dec. 15, 1936; The intersection of Independence Boulevard and Harrison Street, April 26, 1939; The intersection of Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue, undated; and the intersection of South Parkway (Martin Luther King Drive) and 42nd Street, April 27, 1939.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The intersection of Sheridan Road and Wellington Avenue, Dec. 15, 1936; The intersection of Independence Boulevard and Harrison Street, April 26, 1939; The intersection of Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue, undated; and the intersection of South Parkway (Martin Luther King Drive) and 42nd Street, April 27, 1939.
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UIC Special Collections; IDOT

CHICAGO — If you think your neighborhood has changed since you first moved in, you should see what it looked like 60 years ago. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago's digital photo collections archive has about 2,300 black-and-white scans of photos of various intersections and notable outdoor areas throughout the city from the 1920s-50s. 

The photos come from the Illinois Department of Transportation and appear to have been made for the Chicago Park District's Engineering Section, according to the university. 

Photos depict intersections, streets, bridges, snow removal and other traffic features in the city, mainly along major streets.

Many of the photos show the same area from a number of different angles, giving a snapshot early transportation worked and everyday life through a look at businesses, fashion, architecture and more. 

We mapped out hundreds of the photos and compared them with Google Street View to show just how much Chicago has changed.

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