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Then and Now, Maxwell-Union

1954–Maxwell Street @ Union Avenue, view east

2020–the same location

Chicago’s most celebrated flea-market was centered on Maxwell Street, stretching from Clinton Street on the east to Blue Island Avenue on the west.  The 1954 photo shows what the 600-block of Maxwell looked like on a weekday, when much of the outdoor market was closed.

Today the 600-block of Maxwell has been obliterated by the Dan Ryan Expressway.  A much-smaller “New Maxwell Street Market” now operates a few blocks north of here.