Then and Now, North-Clybourn

1965--North Avenue @ Clybourn, view west

1965–North Avenue @ Clybourn Avenue, view west

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

In 1965 the Clybourn Avenue corridor was given over to mostly industrial use.  So was North Avenue going west to the river.  The giant gas storage tank can be seen as a symbol of what the neighborhood was like a half-century ago.

Gentrification began creeping in here during the late 1980s.  Today the area centered around North-Clybourn is one of the city’s major shopping districts.  And an appropriate symbol of the changing neighborhood is visible in the contemporary photo—the Crate & Barrel store.

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3 Responses to “Then and Now, North-Clybourn”


  1. 1 James F O'Neil March 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    My dad worked at Vienna-Model, then Deppe-Vienna Baking Company at North Avenue and Clybourn. He then was assumed by Burney Brothers Better Bread. I loved being with him. I have written about it in one of my stories. Thanks for the posting.

    • 3 Todd September 18, 2016 at 6:16 am

      My great grandparents once operated a saloon on the SW corner of Clybourn and North. They moved to Alabama during prohibition. I have tried to find historic photos of their building without success (the location is now a Vitamin World). Would love to see how that corner of the intersection looked before their building was demolished.


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