Then and Now, Commercial-88th

1901–Commercial Avenue @ 88th Street, view south

2021–the same location

The tower on the right side of the older photo belongs to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. One of five Chicago parishes with that name, this IC was founded by Poles. In 1901 the church building was only two years old. Electric streetcars were also new here, though some folks continued to rely on man’s second-best-friend, the horse.

Today Immaculate Conception has a predominantly Mexican congregation. The buildings along Commercial Avenue have been spruced up, and the giant electric utility poles are gone. Those horse-drawn carts have been replaced by more modern vehicles, too.


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