Buildings, bridges and monuments of historical importance in Chicago, Illinois. View of bridges over the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. In the Wacker historic district, close-up view of the Heald Square Monument featuring George Washington, Robert Morris, and Haym Salomon. Lion sculpture and entrance area of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tourists viewing displays and artwork inside the Art Institute. Exterior view of the Museum of Science and Industry. People entering the museum. A woman with her woman in a stroller or pram, drags the stroller backwards up the steps of the museum.
Film opens with hazy aerial views of Chicago Illinois. Scene shifts to views from vehicle driving on Chicago highway. A road sign reads"Des Plaines River Rd exits 1/2 mile ahead." A Boeing 727 commercial airliner is seen overhead with wheels down as it descends to land. Some 1960s cars drive past. View back, of the airliner descending above the highway, and of truck and cars passing the camera vehicle. Overhead road sign reads "Chicago Downtown 15 Miles." View of the Chicago skyline of buildings on Lake Michigan waterfront. View from slow moving aircraft of the Wrigley Building; the Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River; and the Tribune Tower. Camera continues to pan to East and then at building with "United Insurance" written near its top. Camera then swirls downward to river and bridges directly below and then back up from street and down again, ending on avenue near building displaying two American flags.
Shops and public places in Chicago, Illinois United States. People enter the L. Fish Furniture company, established 1858, with a fish-shaped sign at the entrance. Men having hair cut at the La Estrella barber shop. A man reads a Spanish language newspaper. One man in waiting line plays with his dog. View of the entrance way and shop windows at the Sajewski Music Store "since 1897" in a Polish neighborhood and streets of Chicago. An older man and a young boy look in the windows at guitars and a drumset on display. Signs in a Polish neighborhood of Chicago advertising goods with both English and Polish signs. Old women walk on sidewalks. A close-up of an elderly man. Old citizens of Chicago talk to each other. Public buses drive on roads. The elevated train arrives, pulling into a station stop.
Elevated views of large buildings of Chicago and ground nearby. Buses and 1960s cars on busy roads, streets, and highways in Chicago area. A street car or trolley goes by on a road. It's connecting rod can be seen above it. Pedestrians walk on roads and sidewalks in what may be an Italian neighborhood of Chicago. Shops in the area. Three women wearing typical 1960s fashions and hair styles walk on sidewalk in front of a pizzeria. Old men on streets. A residential area, and a church near by. City of Chicago workers in the Department of Urban Renewal work to clean debris from an area and load it on a truck. A huge building under construction.
The modern campus of the University of Illinois, in Chicago. Film opens showing architectural model of the proposed new campus designed by Architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). Camera pans over the campus features, zooming in on the Circle Forum, a Greek-styled amphitheater built for plays, assemblies and concerts. Film shifts to students, and others, walking on a circular pavement. The University Hall is seen in background, flanked by two construction derricks. Views of various features of the spread out campus areas and buildings showing the concrete roofs forming the so-called "Great Court." Closeup vertical view of University Hall. More views of the extant campus. (construction is still underway.) Students walking along the Great Court with the multilevel construction visible. Closeups of students and others riding an escalator and conversing. Students in a lecture hall where the Professor has written notes in chalk on a blackboard, referring to revenue bills originating in the U.S. House of Representatives. Closeups of the Professor and students. Candid shots of a student's resting and relaxing in various places on the campus.
Buildings of the University of Chicago with students and pedestrians walking on paths, streets, and roads in the Hyde Park and University of Chicago areas of Chicago, Illinois. Girls wearing fur trimmed coats talk to each other. Crowd of pedestrians on sidewalks. Sculptures on display in the park. Buildings, church and monuments of Chicago.