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.




4 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!

  2. 3 Shaquan Daniels April 9, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Historical pictures show happy safe sparkling neighborhoods, with a bunch of smiling crackers. Now there’s nothing but crime and blacks, this goes for pretty much every major city though. Sucks to say but my people screw everything up and still vote for these democratic pimps who keep us poor ignorant and blaming the almighty crackers. MLK would be ashamed of what’s become of us and our lack of values.

  3. 4 Frank Hansen February 6, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Does any pictures of 3013 Cottage Grove Ave . Chicago exist ?

    Famed “Dapper Bandit” Marion Hedgepeth lived there shortly , before
    dying at Saint Anthony’s hospital on the 31/12-1909 after a shootout with
    a police officer during a robbery.

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