|This photograph was taken between 1857-1859 when the Lake House was a Hospital for the poor. The Rush Street bridge opened in 1857.|
NOTE: I've been asked several times; How fresh oysters could be comming from the east coast?
First of all, oysters were kept alive on Ice while being transported. If an oyster's shell opens, they die. Dead oysters carry dangerous bacterias for humans.
Chicago's first fresh oysters were delivered in 1838 by sleigh from New Haven, Connecticut. This spurred Chicago’s earliest love affair with the oyster. By 1857, there were seven "Oyster Depots" and four "Oyster Saloons" in the city with a population of 109,000 in 1860. Peaking in the Gilded Age of the 1890s, (population of 1,001,000 in 1890), and waning with Prohibition, oyster consumption was plentiful in old Chicago. Believe it or not, ice cream parlors also served oysters because they had all that ice.
In the 1890s express-service refrigerated train cars shipped oysters and other parishable foods around the country. The cars did not come into general use until the turn of the 20th century.
|Michigan Street was renamed Hubbard Street (440N 1 to 299E)|
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