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Driveway, Drexel Boulevard (A Merry Xmas to You)

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This week in our long overdue Flashback Friday series, we look at a holiday greeting postmarked Dec. 23, 1908 on a picture postcard of Chicago’s famed Drexel Boulevard on the South Side.

Although most, if not all, of the homes pictured above have since been demolished, the boulevard still boasts some of the city’s grandest homes.

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Patroness of the Road that Never Was: Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel

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Madonna della Strada Chapel postcard

This week’s installment of Flashback Friday brings us to a rare type of architecture: ecclesiastical Art Deco. The Madaonna della Strada Chapel is a unique cultural icon on Loyola campus, with its front door on the lake.

The beautiful view outside of the sanctuary was planned to be much different than what exists today.

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Trianon, “World’s Most Beautiful Ballroom”


This week for Flashback Friday we step back to the era of dancing and luxurious ballrooms with a look at Trianon, hailed as the most beautiful in the world. This phrase was more than just a slogan on a postcard, it was audible on many recordings and broadcasts here.

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Moving Stairs, Chicago’s Initial Subways

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CTA subway postcard front

In this week’s edition of Flashback Friday, a postcard featuring Chicago’s first subways, which opened in the early 1940s.

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