Then and Now, Lawrence-Kimball

1929--Lawrence Avenue @ Kimball, view east

1929–Lawrence Avenue @ Kimball Avenue, view east

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1907 the Ravenswood branch of the ‘L’ was extended to a terminal at Lawrence and Kimball.  By 1929 the area around the terminal had become the most densely-populated inland neighborhood in Chicago.  The new 2500-seat Terminal Theatre was flourishing, and the Spiegel’s catalogue company had a retail outlet down the block.

The original ‘L’ terminal was replaced with a new building in the 1970s.  Though the Terminal Theatre and the Spiegel’s store are gone, the commercial strip along Lawrence is still busy.  The Albany Park community itself, once largely Ashkenazi Jewish, is now one of the city’s most ethnically-diverse neighborhood.

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