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Then and Now, 63rd-Western

1978–63rd Street @ Western Avenue, view west

2017–the same location

During the 1920s, the intersection of Western Avenue and 63rd Street was where the city’s longest north-south street met the city’s longest east-west street.   A shopping district developed, and most of the buildings in the 1978 picture date from that time.  The southwest corner features an office of the Household Finance loan company, whose jingle advised you to “never borrow money needlessly.”

Forty years later, most of the buildings remain, though with different tenants.  The southwest corner is now occupied by a parking with a decorative gateway to the Marquette Park neighborhood.  And for many years now, annexations around O’Hare Airport have made Irving Park Road the city’s longest east-west street.