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Today, we tap (and tap) RFID chips in Ventra cards to hop on the train or bus. But it wasn't that long ago that commuters used tokens to pay for the CTA. Long before that, electric trolleys rumbled down the street. Point is, Chicago is constantly changing. Red-light districts have been replaced with gourmet doughnut shops and lofted tech-company offices. Motor inns have been replaced with towering boutique hotels downtown. We carry phones in our pockets, so what's the need for a public payphone?
Still, sometimes we get those nostalgic pangs for a seedier, grittier, neon-lit, noir Chicago. Thankfully, there are some last remaining traces of the bygone era of smoke-filled bars, coin-operated communication, gambling parlors and porno video stores. Here's where to find them.
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