Then and Now, Paulina-Howard

1978--Paulina Street @ Howard, view north

1978–Paulina Street @ Howard Street, view north

2013--the same location

2013–the same location

In Rogers Park, east of the ‘L’ line, the border between Chicago and Evanston jumps north to include a few blocks up to Calvary Cemetery.  Here the narrow streets were crammed with three-story apartments that shaded the sidewalks the whole day. Someone called the area The Jungle, and the name stuck.

By 1978 the neighborhood was already in decline.  This was noticeable along Paulina Street, where vacant lots pockmarked the shopping strip.  However, the 2012 renovation of the Howard ‘L’ terminal provides hope that the area is now on the upswing.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Paulina-Howard”


  1. 1 Garry January 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Only an a-bomb will improve the Juneway Jungle!
    It’s only a few years since I heard the following on my police scanner: A sergeant said: “No one is to go north of Howard without specific orders from me or the field lieutenant. They’re shooting at the police with rifles”!

    The Juneway Jungle was created by the CHA, which kicked the absolute worst of the gangs out of Cabrini, but then for some insane reason, moved them to Juneway.
    To get away from the cops, the gang members would climb over the cemetery wall & escape into Evanston, whose cops couldn’t chase them since the cemetery was closed & thee cops couldn’t get in at night. Chicago even paved the rough, unpaved alley between the cemetery & the buildings on the North side of Juneway so the cops could speed up & down it. Didn’t help!

  2. 2 Ralph January 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I remember Howard Bowl back in the mid 1980’s when I use to bowl there.


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