Then and Now, Leavitt-23rd Place

1956–Leavitt Street @ 23rd Place, view north
2021–the same location

Once upon a time, a streetcar line ran west on 18th Street from State to Leavitt, then turned south on Leavitt to a terminal at Blue Island Avenue. Various businesses opened along the route. Though streetcars were gone from Leavitt by 1956, Harry’s Drug Store still operated on the corner of 23rd Place.

The old buildings along Leavitt remain standing and well-maintained today. Harry’s Drug Store is no longer on the 23rd Place corner, but the house next door has something the people of 1956 could only dream about—a satellite TV dish.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Leavitt-23rd Place”


  1. 1 Lorna Anozie June 23, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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