Vintage: Christmas in Chicago

Vintage: Christmas in Chicago


Collection of black and white vintage photos of Chicago during Christmas (1960s-1980s).

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William Vendetta / Chicago Tribune. One of four new postage stamp centers, this one at the northeast corner of State and Madison streets, opened on Dec. 10, 1964, for handling holiday mail.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. The Christmas Parade, shown here from the Van Buren “L” stop, heads down State Street in 1964.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Cheryl Ann Sella, 2, looks at her boxer adorned in foil antlers to look like a reindeer in December 1963 while attending a Christmas party for the Mid-West Boxer Club.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Shirnette King, left, and Soloman Hicks, both 5, admire a paper hat they made in their kindergarten class at Lawson Elementary School in December 1966.

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Jim Mescall / Chicago Tribune. Lights on the Merchandise Mart wish a “Merry Christmas” on Nov. 25, 1964.

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Don Casper / Chicago Tribune. Youngsters take in the Christmas window decorations at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. on State Street in December 1968.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. State Street was jammed with motorists as many people drove into the Loop after their Thanksgiving dinner to see Christmas lights and window displays in November 1969. The view is looking north from Van Buren Street.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Thomas Doyle, 12, and Ernestine Davis, 11, both sixth-graders at Lawson Elementary School, cut snowflakes to decorate classroom windows in December 1966.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. State Street was ablaze with lights as the city’s traditional Christmas decorations were illuminated in November 1970. Corner lampposts held 7-foot-high ornaments with 30 ball lights and 105 Italian lights overhanging the street. The color scheme was red, green and white.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Crowds of shoppers clog Woodfield Mall’s vast walkways, signaling the beginning of the Christmas season in November 1972.

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Michael Budrys / Chicago Tribune. A horse-drawn carriage rides on North Michigan Avenue during a snowfall Dec. 24, 1987.


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