Posts Tagged 'North Side'

Then and Now, Clark-Lunt

1911–Clark Street @ Lunt Avenue, view north

2020–the same location

in 1855 the predecessor of the Chicago & North Western Railway began running trains up through the North Side toward Wisconsin.  Commercial development soon began to spring up near the line’s stations.  By 1911 a ribbon strip had become established along the Clark Street car line, parallel to the railroad.

C&NW was bought out by Union Pacific in 1994.  Commuter service here is now handled by Metra.  Though the upper floors have been sawed off the building on Clark-Lunt’s northwest corner, and other buildings have been torn down, the business district here continues to thrive.