Then and Now, Clark-Morse

1957–Clark Street @ Morse Avenue, view north

2019–the same location

“A small commercial district sprang up just east of the train station, at Clark and Lunt.”  That’s a sentence from the Drive-By Neighborhoods section of my new book, Hidden Chicago Landmarks.  Our 1957 photo is from a block south of that intersection.  Most of the buildings date from the early 20th Century.  Though a bus is visible down Clark Street, the streetcar tracks and wires have not yet been removed.

Today the same buildings line the east side of Clark Street.  The most notable change is the renovation of the bank building on the northeast corner of Clark-Morse.  The First Commercial Bank is now part of the Byline Bank group.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Clark-Morse”


  1. 1 Garry June 27, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I’ve lived in Rogers Park since 1950. The 1st Commercial Bank Building is actually 2 buildings that were put together just before that photo you used. I remember when they did it. The cornice gives it away. The two parking meters in front of the bank were brown & were for just 30 minutes.
    Plus one building is gone, at the NE corner of Lunt & Clark, the taller building at the top of your earlier photo, which was the original 1st Commercial Bank, which had been the Phillips Trust & Savings Bank, which went under in the Great Depression. It was torn down at least 10 years ago for a strip mall which has had problems filling its biggest space since Blockbuster went under.
    The white building just south of that, was also a bank, the Lunt side are large columns of a typical bank of the pre-Depression era. It used to have a plaque commemorating the killing of two cops who were involved in a shootout September 2, 1945.
    Here are links to it:
    http://ultralocal.blogspot.com/2016/06/murder-at-lunt-and-clark-part-1.html
    http://ultralocal.blogspot.com/2016/06/murder-at-lunt-and-clark-part-2.html
    http://ultralocal.blogspot.com/2016/08/murder-at-lunt-and-clark-part-3.html
    http://ultralocal.blogspot.com/2016/09/murder-at-lunt-and-clark-part-4.html

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt June 27, 2019 at 6:22 am

      I remember the plaque from when I lived in Rogers Park. It always struck me as terribly sad that the two cops were killed on such a happy day as V-J Day, the official end of World War II.
      –JRS


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