Then and Now, Lake Park-50th

1950--Lake Park Avenue @ 50th Street, view south

1950–Lake Park Avenue @ 50th Street, view southeast

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

Lake Park Avenue runs parallel to the Illinois Central tracks.  In 1950 the section between 47th and 55th Streets was lined on both sides with commercial structures.  Most of the buildings here dated from the years just after the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  Many locals feared that the neighborhood was in decline.

Urban renewal came to the area in the late 1950s.  The old buildings along Lake Park were demolished, and the street itself was relocated 200 feet to the east, hard by the IC embankment.  Today the site of the earlier photo is the athletic field of Kenwood Academy.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Lake Park-50th”


  1. 1 Mike Tuggle July 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    When my family moved to 49th and Blackstone in 1964. most of this was gone. The Kroger and National Tea supermarkets and a filling station were still there, but they were demolished in ’67 to make way for the construction of Kenwood High School.

  2. 2 ChiMaven April 11, 2016 at 11:35 am

    i went to Kenwood in the 90’s and remember the streetcar tracks were embedded in the grass on the Lake Park side. My history teacher told us that was the original location of lake park ave.


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