Then and Now, Wilson-Kenmore

1924–Wilson Avenue @ Kenmore Avenue, view east

2019–the same location

During the 1920s the area around Broadway and Wilson was booming.  In New York, Midtown had displaced Downtown as the focus of commercial life.  In Chicago, there was talk that Uptown would surpass the Loop.  Even Al Capone was investing in Uptown real estate.

The Stock Market Crash and Depression killed the Uptown boom.  The area remained stable into the 1960s, then went into a long decline.  More recent years have seen a revival.


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