During the first half of the 20th Century, Lincoln Park was a working-class neighborhood with a large German population. Lincoln Avenue was originally a trail called Little Fort Road, which led to the settlement of Little Fort, today’s Waukegan. The local Germans nicknamed the street Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straβe.
In 2015 the old German settlement has dispersed. There have also been some physical changes around this intersection—the building peaking out of the far left of the older picture was one of many structures cleared to make way for Oz Park. The Lincoln Park area now has some of the city’s highest property values.