A Video Tour of Chicago, Circa 1936

A young Australian’s film tour of mid-1930s Chicago, from the observation platform of the Wrigley Building to the Steel Mills on the Calumet River and back.

In the 1930s, a young man from Australia was sent to Chicago to study at George Williams College, a South Side institution that later moved to Downers Grove and eventually became part of Aurora University. While in the city, he shot film all over the city, or at least from downtown to South Chicago and back. What’s striking is the smog: what William Archer described as having “a peculiar and aggressive individuality.”



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