History

Before Diversey Harbor Had the Harbor

What Diversey Harbor looked like in 1900


While it’s a common scene to watch speedboats, sailboats and sometimes yachts drift from Diversey Harbor out into Lake Michigan as bikers, joggers and dog walkers roll by on the lakefront path, back in 1900 it was quite a different scene. As shown in the photo above, courtesy of Calumet412.com, there were no bridges, bike paths or even a harbor. Small wood outcroppings allowed people to rest while looking out at the lake and a small beachfront scattered with some driftwood. Today, hundreds of boats can dock just up the water from a golf driving range, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Nature Museum. Pretty wild how it can change in such a short time period.

From The Vault

Chicago in 1896 Drinking Coffee With the Mayor 20x2 Heads to Schubas Take in the Chicago Riverwalk Dressing Downton at the Driehaus Museum The Art Institute Lions and the Wizard of Oz Where Are Chicago's Most Instagrammable Spots? Drink Among Animals