Then and Now, Jefferson-14th

1937–Jefferson Street @ 14th Street, view north

2017–the same location

In 1937 the neighborhood around Jefferson and 14th Streets was mostly tired commercial buildings.  Here and there, you might spot an ancient frame cottage—though the Great Fire of 1871 started a few blocks to the north, the flames did not touch this area.  Public transit was provided by the 14th-16th streetcar line.

In 2017 every building in the older photo is gone.  So is 14th Street, with the UPS facility sprawling over its onetime site.  And if you’ve compared as many “then and now” photos as I have, you’ll notice that Chicago streets have a lot more trees today than they did years ago.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Jefferson-14th”


  1. 1 J Howard July 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Its only mid day in the photo but the cop walking the beat outside the bar has the paddy wagon ready to load. I’ll bet he knew exactly who he’d be keeping the seat warm for. I guess that was the early day version of a bouncer.


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