Then and Now, Halsted-35th Place

1934--Halsted Street @ 35th Place, view north

1934–Halsted Street @ 35th Place, view north

2015--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1934 this strip of Halsted Street was already long-established as the heart of the Bridgeport community.  The 1500-seat Ramova Theatre had opened a few years before, a twin to the North Side’s Music Box Theatre.  Edward J. Kelly had just become Mayor of Chicago, the first mayor from Bridgeport—but not the last.

Once a mostly Irish enclave, the Bridgeport Community Area is now ranked as one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.  New construction is visible along Halsted Street.  Though the Ramova has sat vacant for over thirty years, a local group is trying to restore it.

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