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Ogden Slip (Chicago Dock and Canal), 1968

 

 

 

Ogden Slip (Chicago Dock and Canal), 1968

Over the course of several decades, the Chicago River was widened and dredged. Initially, private individuals and companies improved docks and wharves along the river. But with time, the abutting owners increased water frontage by digging slips alongside the river. William B. Ogden, the first mayor and early booster of Chicago, oversaw the investments of the Chicago Canal and Dock Company that included considerable property on Chicago's near north side. The company built a slip parallel to the north bank of the Chicago River, which was used as harbor and warehouse space into the twentieth century. The Pugh Terminal at 435 E. Illinois was built between 1905-20 and was renovated to retail and commercial space in 1990.