At this time nearly nothing in the eastern part of Berlin was refurbished, clean and new or gentrified as it is today. Even the weather seemed to be grey all days. But the tram was painted in orange (today it is yellow/ verkehrsgelb).
View of South Loop skyscrapers from the South Branch c. 1979.
"On the left is the red brick 310 West Polk Building. Originally built as the Marshall Field River Warehouse, it was occupied by the Cadaco game company at the time of the photograph. The building was demolished in the mid-1990s to make way for the new Central Post Office."
This view west on Lake Street shows construction of the first leg of the Loop Elevated in 1895. Before the Loop was built, three separate ‘L’ companies had terminals just at the edges of the Loop we know today (a fourth was in the works, but would open later and connect to the Loop). The steel structure you see here is largely the very same you ride over when on a train going through State/Lake or Clark/Lake, the part of the Loop which opened first, before the full, circuitous route was completed.