Then and Now, Cottage Grove-35th

1939--Cottage Grove Avenue @ 35th, view northwest

1939–Cottage Grove Avenue @ 35th Street, view northwest

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

Following the path of an old trail, Cottage Grove Avenue originally began at 22nd-Indiana and angled southeast to 39th Street, where it continued due south at 800 East. As one of Chicago’s oldest thoroughfares, Cottage Grove was lined with commercial buildings. This particular intersection also marked the starting point of Vincennes Avenue, the street behind the Standard Oil sign in the older photo.

In 1955 the city began clearing land for the Lake Meadows development and other renewal projects. Since then the area has been completely transformed, and  most of Cottage Grove north of 35th Street has been vacated.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Cottage Grove-35th”


  1. 1 mkstichauf July 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hey John, I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now and I LOVE IT! I don’t know if you’ve done this before but it would be great to see some then and now shots of Chicago’s sports arenas. Wrigley, Comiskey, Chicago Stadium and the Amphitheatre. Just an idea.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt July 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thanks for the suggestion. There are already lots of books and websites specializing in “Then and Now” photos. However, most of them concentrate on downtown, or on locations with famous buildings–including sports arenas. That’s why I do overlooked sites out in the neighborhoods. And believe me, there are plenty of those!
      –JRS


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