Then and Now, Lincoln-Schubert

1909--Lincoln Avenue @ Schubert, view northwest

1909–Lincoln Avenue @ Schubert Avenue, view northwest

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

We are a long block south of Diversey Parkway.  By 1909 a ribbon commercial strip had already developed along the Lincoln Avenue streetcar line.  The cross-street named “Schubert Avenue” reflects the fact that this was the heart of the city’s German community.

Chicago’s German population has dispersed over the course of the century.  However, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church—whose steeple is visible up Lincoln Avenue—still offers a German-language Mass once a month.  Most of the old buildings along the strip have been replaced, as the neighborhood continues to thrive.  Could anyone in 1909 have envisioned a parking lot and a “Seven-Eleven” store?



2 Responses to “Then and Now, Lincoln-Schubert”

  1. 1 Garry July 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

    While not one building remains today in the foreground of the 1909 photo, notice the Coca-Cola sign from a store at the far left.
    That would be from a mom-n-pop grocery that’s the predecessor of the 7-11 in the same spot.

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