Then and Now, Belmont-Ashland

1955--Belmont Avenue @ Ashland, view west

1955–Belmont Avenue @ Ashland Avenue, view west

2013--the same location

2013–the same location

The triple intersection of Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland began developing as a major shopping center in the early 1900s. It became even busier once the Ashland bridge over the Chicago River was completed a mile to the south in 1937. By 1950 the area ranked second in sales of all the city’s outlying districts, trailing only 63rd-Halsted.

In recent decades many neighborhood shopping centers have suffered hard times. However, this one continues to thrive.



2 Responses to “Then and Now, Belmont-Ashland”

  1. 1 benson March 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Funny the things you remember. There was a big record store on Ashland, just north of Belmont. At that time, I was living in Crystal Lake, but made the trek because they had product the chain stores didn’t have. And there I was able to purchase a copy of Aliota, Haynes, Jeremiah’s “Lake Shore Drive” LP.
    The name of the store escapes me.

  2. 2 scheneka March 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I remember that record shop. I actually shopped there in the 90s.

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