"The Chicago Public Library" was located on 78 E Washington St. Its construction lasted from 1893-1897 under the designing hand of Robert C. Spencer and J.L. Holzer. It was renovated and updated in the 1970's. Today it is known as the Chicago Cultural Center.
|Harold Washington Public Library|
The Harold Washington Public Library (now the main branch of the Chicago Public Library System) is located at State/VanBuren. It is ablaze in metal, lights, and technology. As it should be, hey, everyone knows the card catalogue drawers are all but gone.
The train station I use to sell donuts at on Veterans Day as a young Camp Fire Girl is no longer in existence. My son recently bought a 20 year old town house on the spot. "Bar Louie" seems to be occupying one of its entrances.
|View of Chicago Skyline|
From West Loop
While striving for economic security in my twenties, I wanted to live in the downtown area or along "the Lake Shore. " To me downtown was the pulse of Chicago. Great museums, world-class art, theatre, sporting events, and five star dining. I loved the architecture and the outdoor art that seem to open spaces in the tight city. I love the trees. Chicago plants trees. Merchants have flowers: begonias, coleus, hydrangeas. The dry desert climate where I currently live makes it very difficult for those species to thrive.
Well, I still feel that pulse. I see families shopping, eating, walking, folks on bikes, lovers, neighborhood bars, and non-franchised restaurants. I see renewal. Wolfe was right "You can't go home again" to experience your childhood or past memories. Your city changed and grew up like you.