Then and Now, Taylor-Oakley

1937–Taylor Street @ Oakley Boulevard, view east
2021–the same location

The older photo is another souvenir from the Chicago Park District’s 1930s traffic survey. Taylor Street has a streetcar line with a ribbon commercial strip. This is the heart of the city’s Italian community.

Today the streetcar tracks have been paved over. Taylor Street has bike lanes and more trees. And there’s still a significant Italian presence here.


2 Responses to “Then and Now, Taylor-Oakley”

  1. 1 Garry October 21, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Is that an old firehouse on the far left corner?

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt October 27, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      I’ve checked a few old reference books. There was no firehouse at Taylor-Oakley as late as 1924, and none listed in 1978. But maybe there was one there at the time of the photo.

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