Then and Now, Sheridan-Wilson

1947--Sheridan Road @ Wilson, view north

1947–Sheridan Road @ Wilson Avenue, view north

2014--the same location

2015–the same location

Sheridan Road was the first Chicago street to have a bus line.  By 1947 closed-top double-deck buses had replaced the original open-top models.  The building on the left of the older photo is Sheridan Recreation—with 58 bowling lanes and 45 billiards tables, one of the country’s largest “pleasure palaces.”

In our time, double-deck buses and Sheridan Recreation are gone.  So are the globe street lights.  However, this part of Sheridan Road is enjoying a renewal, with new construction and more landscaping.

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