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Then and Now: Intersection of Wabash & Monroe previous 8 of 9 next


Wabash Avenue looking N from Monroe Street
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Ex-convict and cable car tzar Charles Yerkes' Union Loop opened in 1897. The route connected three elevated railway terminals downtown. Yerkes built his tracks directly above the streets, so he wouldn't have to negotiate with individual property owners or demolish buildings.

Noisy trains and hulking steel viaducts are still a part of Chicago's Loop today.



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