In the 1960s, the population of Chicago shrank dramatically. White residents in several neighborhoods left the city for suburban areas, and the real estate industry made vast sums by blockbusting. Skilled workers and factory workers lost their jobs during the crisis. The living conditions of slum areas and ghettos were worst because the crime rates were high, shootings, robberies, rapes, fires, dreadful schools, and high dropout rates, joblessness were at its peak.
During the late 60s, the anti-war protesters disrupted the 1968 convention and ended up in a Daley-led police riot. The assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King led to violent riots and protest in the streets of Chicago. The unrest in Chicago led to eleven deaths and over a hundred destroyed buildings.
Take a look at these stunning historical photos of Chicago in the 1960s that shows the street, roads, transport, nightlife, and everyday life.
#1 Looking south on State Street, 1964
#2 Randolph Street theaters, 1967
#3 California Zephyr silver solarium at Chicago trainyard, 1967
#4 Chicago view of skyline and parking lot, 1967
#5 Children looking at toy store,Chicago, 1967
#6 Paperboy delivering of Chicago Tribune, 1967
#7 Shops on State Street at night, 1967
#8 View from 333 North Michigan St., Chicago, 1967
#9 The Chicago Merchandise Mart, Christmas 1960
#10 Woods Theater, Oriental Theatre, Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1967
#11 Casino Royale marquee on State Lake Theater, 1967
#12 Chicago and Northwestern train on bridge, 1967
#13 Chicken man on Maxwell Street, 1967
#14 City view from Prudential, Chicago, 1967
#15 Maxwell Street vendors, 1967
#16 Railway station in Chicago, 1964
#17 Apartment buildings along lake, Chicago, 1967
#18 Astor Street, Chicago, 1967
#19 Astor Street, Chicago, 1967
#20 Chicago city homes, 1967
#21 Chicago city skyline, 1967
#22 Chicago from top of building, 1967
#23 Chicago News building and Bertals store on State Street, 1967
#24 Chicago River with Marina City and Equitable Building, 1967
#25 Dearborn Ave. and W. Burton Pl., Chicago, 1967
#26 Dirty alley off Maxwell St., Chicago, 1967.
#27 Eve Arden in Hello Dolly ticket window, Chicago, 1967
#28 Farmers Market, 1967
#29 Homeward Bound traffic, 1967
#30 Lake Street traffic and pedestrians, 1967
#31 Mark IV bus driving over bridge Chicago, 1967
#32 Melody Freeze ice cream truck, Chicago, 1967
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Do I ever remember running out after these ice cream trucks in the summer. I only ever wanted to have a banana split other than a vanilla cone. That truck’s music was like the Pied Piper calling out to all kids to follow. Best memories of summer besides getting wet at an open fire hydrant on a hot August day!
And truck selling $1.00 watermelons off the back..