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Six decades after Margaret Bourke-White made a series of photos of America as seen from above, her pictures can still startle and delight.

Six decades after Margaret Bourke-White made a series of photos of America as seen from above, her pictures can still startle and delight.

Magnificent Mile (shopping landmark) in  Chicago, IL.

Magnificent Mile (shopping landmark) in Chicago, IL.

Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images  Trains after snowfall, Chicago, photographed from a helicopter, 1952

Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Trains after snowfall, Chicago, photographed from a helicopter, 1952

John G. Shedd Aquarium

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Caption from LIFE. "Grain elevator, operated by the Norris Grain Co. on the southeast side of Chicago, unloads corn from lake boat in a Calumet River slip (right foreground). In the freight yards (background) snow-covered gondola cars are loaded with coal.

Caption from LIFE. "Grain elevator, operated by the Norris Grain Co. on the southeast side of Chicago, unloads corn from lake boat in a Calumet River slip (right foreground). In the freight yards (background) snow-covered gondola cars are loaded with coal.

Eighth grade pupils of Cameron, Chase, Stowe and Wicker Park elementary school in Chicago travel the route of Marquette and Joliet on Sept. 24, 1947, at least as far as 31st Street in Chicago, aboard the Wendela in September 1947. A tour guide explains the workings of the bridges they passed under -- like Michigan Avenue bridge on the right and other interesting historical points along the river. (Chicago Tribune archive photo)

Eighth grade pupils of Cameron, Chase, Stowe and Wicker Park elementary school in Chicago travel the route of Marquette and Joliet on Sept. 24, 1947, at least as far as 31st Street in Chicago, aboard the Wendela in September 1947. A tour guide explains the workings of the bridges they passed under -- like Michigan Avenue bridge on the right and other interesting historical points along the river. (Chicago Tribune archive photo)

Van Buren Street Station, Illinois Central Railroad, Art Institute, 1907.  Detroit Publishing Company.  via: Chicago Past

Van Buren Street Station, Illinois Central Railroad, Art Institute, 1907. Detroit Publishing Company. via: Chicago Past

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