Then and Now, Michigan-111th

1907–Michigan Avenue @ 111th Street, view south

2018–the same location

On the far South Side, Michigan Avenue runs along the top of a glacial ridge.  Here the avenue developed into a major thoroughfare.  By 1907 it had a streetcar line and a ribbon commercial strip. Check out the building signs in the older photo, and you’ll spy a photography studio.

A century ago traffic was so light on this stretch of Michigan that small children could wander around aimlessly in the street—not advisable today, in the era of the automobile.  Looking down the block in 2018, many of the old buildings are gone.  However, the building in the right foreground has survived, while being extended and renovated and truncated in various ways.


2 Responses to “Then and Now, Michigan-111th”

  1. 1 Susan Serafin November 29, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I grew up in Morgan Park/Washington Heights in the 60s-70s; Roseland was the closest and best shopping district around. Gately’s Peoples Store and the Home Store were the largest retailers – there were also Woolworths & Kresges, two “good” jewelers, shoe stores, a bowling alley, movie theater (north of 111th), and I’m sure a shop for anything else you would want.
    My memories lie somehwere between your photos. The building on the SW corner of 111th & Michigan was a Walgreens on the bottom floor, medical offices above (my dentist, Dr. FIsher, occupied one).
    Thanks for posting the photos.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt November 29, 2018 at 10:34 am

      I’m happy the picture brings back those memories. If you scroll way back under CHICAGO’S CHANGING SCENE, you’ll find a pair of photos from around Michigan-112th Place looking north, with Gately’s People Store. I also have a picture of the old Rose Bowl on my bowling blog.

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