Old Chicago Today
Back when Old Chicago was built there really wasn't much around it.
Most of Bolingbrook sat on the other side of the Interstate and other than
the strip mall and movie theater across the street and a few warehouses
there was nothing around Old Chicago but farmland. These pictures
are from the late 1990's and even between now and then the area has seen
a drastic change. I drove through the area earlier this year (2008)
and couldn't recognize anything.
For example where my family got stuck in the middle of nowhere
in our Suburban back in the legendary blizzard of '79 a mile West of Old
Chicago now has an exit to the Interstate and there are businesses, gas
stations and shopping malls as far as the eye can see. It reminds
me of the Pretenders song "My City Was Gone":
I went back to Ohio
But my pretty countryside
Had been paved down the middle
By a government that had no pride
The farms of Ohio
Had been replaced by shopping malls
And muzak filled the air
From Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls
Said, a,o, oh way to go Ohio
Here's a satellite image of Old Chicago's site from Google Earth as it
sits today as a car dealership. The "T" shaped building
is where Old Chicago was and the dealership uses Old Chicago's parking lot
on the north, east and south sides of their building with the parking lot
to the west added on at a later date.
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, or more accurately a car
The Chicago Loop now sits in Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire as the
Canobie Cannonball. The Old Chicago Log Race is not the log flume
at the Texas State Fair.
All that's left of Old Chicago is just a street sign and our memories.
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