Then and Now, 78th-Halsted

1911–78th Street @ Halsted Street, view east

2019–the same location

In 1911 the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was Irish American.  The commercial building on the left side of the photo houses a pharmacy and a tailor.  Across 78th Street another commercial building has a first-floor tavern.  Down the block the tower of the new St. Leo Catholic Church is visible.

In 2019 Auburn Gresham is African American.  The pharmacy and the tailor have been replaced by a barber shop and a restaurant.  The commercial building with the tavern is gone.  So is St. Leo, though its signature tower has been preserved.

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