Then and Now, Sheridan-Devon

1943--Sheridan Road @ Devon, view north

1943–Sheridan Road @ Devon Avenue, view north

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

We are at 6400 north and 1200 west. At this intersection, North Sheridan Road makes a 90-degree-turn to become an east-west street for a few blocks, before making another 90-degree-turn and resuming as a north-south route. Since streetcars didn’t operate on Park District boulevards, the tracks and overhead wires in the 1943 picture avoid Sheridan—they come in from Devon on the left, then turn right to continue south on Broadway.

In 2014 many of the smaller buildings in the area have been replaced by taller structures. The greatest loss is the Granada Theatre, one of Chicago’s magnificent movie palaces.



29 Responses to “Then and Now, Sheridan-Devon”

  1. 1 Garry August 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve lived in Rogers Park since 1950 & never saw the Mobil station on the NE corner. It was always an empty lot, even in the 1950s, until the two apartment buildings went up around 1970.
    But across the street, just to the left of the 1st National Bank billboard was one of those Standard stations, with the tiny building & a covered pump area with the glass crowns on the tops of the pumps.
    That was abandoned for at least 10 years before the CHA put up the senior high rise on the corner.
    As for the Granada, I’ll bet I went there 25 Saturdays a year for 10 years, which means I saw over 400 movies there, because of double-bills.
    It was torn down, because the previous head of Loyola University hated the neighborhood & refused to do anything to improve Rogers Park or Edgewater. Then the Jesuits finally dumped him for someone who realized the school had to take part in the area to survive.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt August 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I went to Loyola as an undergrad, and later lived a few blocks up Sheridan Road. I didn’t go to the Granada nearly as many times as you, but the fond memories are still there.

    • 3 Ron February 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Do you remember a diner next to the Granada Theater back in the mid 60’s? The owner was named Mike. He and his wife were Greek. I can’t remember the name of the place. Someone told me it was the Campus Lounge but I thought it had a Greek name.

      • 4 Paul Hoffmann November 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

        There was a diner next to Granada in the 1970s which opened a bar around 1976 right south of it called Parthenon cave or something like that. It was made out like a cave. Played disco. I don’t think it lasted beyond 1978. Was there a place called Huey’s on east side of Sheridan just south of the El? Was a big bar with live bands around 1975.

      • 5 Charles Dribin December 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

        I was an Granada usher from 1966-1968. It was without a doubt the best job I ever had. Great co-workers (ushers and candy girls), wonderful patrons, and FREE movies… not only that, but B&K management gave passes allowing employees to see movies at other B&K theatres, both neighborhood theatres (Nortown, Uptown, Riviera, etc.) and downtown (Chicago, State-Lake, Roosevelt, etc.) The eatery next door was called the Granada Luncheonette (at least for the period I worked there.

      • 6 Trax March 29, 2018 at 6:57 pm

        Aphrodite’s! Spinach pie!!

  2. 7 Carol Anne August 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I love how you show the changing city with your then-and-now photos. You get away from the usual places that other similar then-and-now books do, and you do a much better job matching the viewing angles from the old pictures to the new ones. Keep it up.

  3. 8 Ralph August 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    A lot of the places that was there in the mid 1970’s are now gone. Hamilton’s got new owners and a new name. Places like COD (Come On Down), Huey’s, Parthenon’s Cave, Denny’s (formerly Sir Whoopee’s), Little Kings, The Old Man’s just to name a few in the area of Sheridan and Devon.

    • 9 J.R. Schmidt August 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      I didn’t think anyone else would bother to remember the notorious Sir Whoopee’s. Besides the Granada, one of my fondest memories of the neighborhood was the coffee house called It’s Here. They had some great acts there.

      • 10 Garry August 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

        I remember Sir Whoopees. I went there a lot.
        Leona’s was the Town House in the 1950s, then the Town Pump in the late 1960s.
        Cindy Sue’s burned down at least three times due to fires in the exhaust ducts, because they never cleaned it out. That’s how the McDonald’s Express & Harris Bank got built, because Cindy Sue’s wasn’t rebuilt after the last fire.
        Now the McDonald’s & Harris Bank are gone.

        There was also a Nike anti-aircraft battery at Lunt/Morse beach. The GIs stayed in Army tents on the beach until the Montrose Harbor Nike base was built. That was in the early 1950s & I have photos somewhere of 3-4 year old me in front of the tents.
        There was also an Army surplus DUKW at Loyola Park, just outside the fieldhouse at least until 1970.

  4. 11 Ralph August 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    But who could forget Brunos, Cindy Sues, Campus Room, Round Records, Papa Dees, Vic’s Red Star Inn, the 400 and My Pi. These were places north of the El stop on the west side of Sheridan Road for all those who don’t remember. I believe that these places are all gone now except for Brunos. Beefsteak Inn (now Leona’s) was to the north along with a Blues Bar which I can’t remember the name of. What a great time I had back then. Did you see The Whitsuntide Singers at It’s Here? I was only there once.

  5. 14 Ralph August 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    JR, do you recall a bar on or around Sheridan Road on the north side called Edna’s Place?


  6. 17 Phil Deli January 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Gary. I grew up on that intersection and could tell you every nook & crannie in the whole neighborhood. That was a Dixie Gas station on the north west corner & a Mobil station on the north east corner . I had a buddy ,Johnny McCormic worked in the Mobil and i worked in the Dixie Gas. Their was also a Sinclair station a little further down from the Granada on the west side of Sheridan. Behind the Dixie and the Sinclair was parking for the Granada. Right now i could go for a toasted pecan roll and a cup of coffee from Cindy Sues At the station. In the late 60s after being in the service,after being drafted,i painted a lot of signs in the neighborhood.My business was called ALLEY signs. I use to do the show card menu”s for Little King . Remember Round Records,Collage Gift Shop ,Four Heads Joker Pub ,on &on.

    • 18 Phil Deli February 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      I forgot to mention i worked at It’s Here also.I worked the drink bar & made pizza.The owner was an older friend named Eddie Gunger, he & his wife ran the place.I was only 16 when i worked their,that was 1958. The best act i remember was Dr.VonGrafe the hypnotist. Friend and Lover played their also but i don’t remember the date

      • 19 J.R. Schmidt February 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        The one performer I remember from It’s Here is Joel Corey. He was featured so often we thought he must have owned a piece of the place. But don’t take that comment as a criticism–Joel was great.

  7. 20 eellis10 February 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I knew a guy that had the keys to the Granada in the last few years it still stood, not that it mattered much at that point. People went in through the fire doors all the time. Even dilapidated it was incredible, like some kind of temple.

    • 21 Phil Deli February 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Their was a guy by the name of Tom Kane an old friend from the neighborhood,who was trying to get stage shows and gourmet food into the Granada.This was back in the 70s. He said it was costing around $1,800 a month to keep it heated all winter so all the plaster art work on the walls and the hung ceiling wouldn’t fall apart.I moved to Florida in 79 so i don’t know if that worked out for him. I painted some signs for Peabody’s kiddykorner from the Granada. Tom’s girlfriend had an ice cream shop down Broadway in New Town ,caller Lickity Split .Back to the Granada ,I can remember as a kid swinging from the thick velvet curtains up in the second and third balcony when pirate flick’s were playing. The whole place was a beautiful work of art . The John even had marble steps.I loved that place. The Uptown and the Nortown were B&K theater’s but not near as well kept as the Granada.

  8. 22 Bob Campe June 12, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Minstrel’s, Fatracks, Frank’s Oasis, Bruno’s, the New York Pizza place next to Little King’s, Aphrodite’s….groan, too many hangovers cured there

    • 23 Lisa Myers January 31, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Minstrels….I walked in Sept. 83 met the owner Ronnie Myers (one of the owners) and married him one year later….we were married for 23 years, he passed in 2006. We used to call him the Mayor of Sheridan Road. Loved the nightlife up and down Broadway!

    • 24 June February 19, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Pizza Amore! I worked there for a long time and was there the night it burned down due to a fire in the guitar store (can’t recall the name). They had carpeted walls and ceiling, and left a space heater on. February 8th, 1977, I believe. We were actually further south than Little King. We were between Just Pants and Aphrodite.

  9. 25 Jerry September 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    The Black Star Bookstore! It was a labyrinth of hand-build stairways and shelves with thousands and thousands of books. Amazing place, but I often wondered how they got around fire codes. Some of the bookcases were constructed around the existing florescent fixtures. Wood and paper with light fixtures running through them seemed a bit dangerous. There were also couches and a kitchen.
    It was on the same block with Wendy’s, a currency exchange, Kinko’s, Papa Dee’s, Campus Room, Bruno & Tim’s, Carmen’s, City Cuts, and Sheridan Florist, all across from Loyola’s Campion Hall. Great memories.

  10. 26 Adephe Irmiter March 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Lived around the area most of my life. And yes…what huge change.

  11. 27 Chris Carson December 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Great neighborhood to grow up in and hang around in during the 60’s and 70’s. I was in every one of the places eveyone listed. Cindy Sue’s was a date place for me and my Sullivan girlfriend. Later we ate at “My Pi”. Then we got married and moved away, but still had those memories.

  12. 28 Ed Schultz December 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    In high school in the 1950s, my friends and I went to the Granada every Friday night. After the movie, we would walk to Ashkenaz on Morse Ave. to hang out. Also during that time, I had a part time job delivering prescriptions for Lee’s Drug Store which was on the corner of Broadway and Sheridan. It was around 1950 when my mother and I stood on that corner watching General MacArthur’s motorcade heading north on Sheridan, on his way to Ft. Sheridan for his retirement ceremony.

  13. 29 Jim Russell January 1, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Remember all of this. My Pi is reincarnated on Damen by Armitage; the same family btw. No need hear mentioned The Pantry, a diner with cheaper food than Cindy Sues and on the same block. The Pantry was later the Sheridan Deli.

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