Then and Now, Avenue L-109th

1937–Avenue L Boulevard @ 109th Street, view north

2019–the same location

Chicago’s East Side community was generally settled from north to south.  The Great Depression of the 1930s halted most construction, and in 1937 much of the area south of 108th street remained empty.  By then Avenue L had already been widened, designated a Boulevard as part of the Park District’s chain of parkways.

World War II followed the Depression.  Construction resumed after the war ended in 1945, and today this area is fully built-up.  Avenue L is no longer called a Boulevard, though it’s still pretty wide for a local street.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Avenue L-109th”


  1. 1 Garry April 3, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    No parkways on L. Unusual for Chicago.


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