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Chicago in 1896

What Chicago life was like 120 years ago


So much was going on in Chicago before the last turn of the century. The World’s Fair brought millions from around the country — and world — to see unrivaled innovations. The Chicago Athletic Association opened that year and numerous iconic skyscrapers were rising. Innovation was around every corner and Chicago was bustling. Check out the gallery above from our friends at Calumet412.com to see a series of images from one year — 1896 — to get a slight glimpse of what life was like in Chicago back then. Yes, it was 120 years ago. How different do you think life was?

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