Ethics for South State Street

For years Chicago's State Street Council has been among the world's proudest trade associations. Its members are the great midwestern merchants (Marshall Field, Carson Pirie Scott, The Fair, etc.) that line the upper part of Chicago's No. 1 shopping thoroughfare. But south of Van Buren Street, lower boundary of the "L" loop, there is an equally famous part of State Street: a scabrous collection of saloons, shooting galleries, hock shops, flea markets, peep shows, "red hot" burlesques and flophouses ("clean quiet comfort for 30¢"), smack in the middle of Chicago's notorious First Ward, once an important Al...

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