Then and Now, Cermak-Kedzie

1908--22nd Street (Cermak Road) @ Kedzie, view east

1908–22nd Street (Cermak Road) @ Kedzie Avenue, view east

2015--the same location

2014–the same location

Here’s an example of historical detective work.  The older photo was labeled as “22nd Street at Rockwell” in the original source.  However, Atlas Studio is visible in the picture.  That business was located at what’s now 3144 West Cermak Road.  Sure enough, when I visited the site just east of Kedzie, I found a number of buildings that matched the 1908 photo.

Of course, there have been a few changes in a hundred-plus years.  In 1908 traffic was so light that the bicyclist didn’t demand a dedicated bike lane.  And though no horses are to be seen in the older photo, they have left behind some souvenirs.


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