Posts Tagged 'North Side'

Then and Now, Drummond-Seminary

1910–Drummond Place @ Seminary Avenue, view west

2019–the same location

Here we are a few blocks southeast of the Lincoln-Diversey-Racine triple intersection.  The block is fully built up in 1910, but there’s only a single horse-drawn buggy visible.  Maybe everyone has gone over to Lincoln Park.

In 2019 most of the old buildings are still in place, while the neighborhood continues to be one of the city’s finest.  And now the street is packed with horseless carriages.


Then and Now, Western-Devon

1922–Western Avenue @ Devon Avenue, view south

2019–the same location

Western Avenue was widened throughout its entire length during the early 1920s.  That work often involved chopping several feet off the front of existing buildings.  However, here on the far North Side, much of the frontage along Western was vacant anyway.

By the end of the 1920s, this stretch of Western was thoroughly developed.  In more recent times, the roadway around the intersection was throat-widened on the edges, to make room for left-turn lanes.  No buildings were affected, and only a few feet of sidewalk was sacrificed.


Then and Now, Rush-Walton

1964–Rush Street @ Walton Street, view northwest

2019–the same location

The 1964 photo brings back some personal memories of Rush Street.  The original Gino’s Pizzeria is there.  So is the Carnegie Theatre, where I saw The Graduate a few years later. Up the street and around the corner is The Golden Eight Ball poolroom.  Back then, I was still too young to patronize some of the other neighborhood businesses.

Today the Ten East Elm apartment building is still visible in the distance.  But in a half-century-plus, most of Rush Street has been transformed.  Where have you gone, Mrs. Robinson?


Then and Now, Kenmore-Berwyn

1913–Kenmore Avenue @ Berwyn Avenue, view south

2019–the same location

Close to the lake, with the ‘L’ steps away.  In 1913 this location near Broadway and Foster was prime real estate.  Spiffy apartment buildings line both sides of the street.  And though that street wasn’t yet paved, at least one person here had a “horseless carriage.”

Today this block in Edgewater still retains the advantages of a century ago.  Some of those three-story walkups have been replaced by the high-rise Kenmore Plaza senior apartments.  But where can I park my horseless carriage?



“Hidden Chicago Landmarks”

This is not a quiz, so there’s no need to send in any answers.  Rather, this is a selection of photos from my new book Hidden Chicago Landmarks.

These are the places that aren’t on the usual tour.  You might recognize some of them.  Now you can learn the fascinating history behind them.

The book has 60 stories.  Besides 42 current landmarks, there are 10 lost landmarks that are now gone.  The final section visits 8 interesting neighborhoods that most people simply drive by.

Hidden Chicago Landmarks is now available on Amazon.  Buy several and stock up!  Or wait until it comes to your library.  But whatever you do, I hope you have as much fun reading the book as I did writing it.

Here is the Amazon link—


Then and Now, Clark-Morse

1957–Clark Street @ Morse Avenue, view north

2019–the same location

“A small commercial district sprang up just east of the train station, at Clark and Lunt.”  That’s a sentence from the Drive-By Neighborhoods section of my new book, Hidden Chicago Landmarks.  Our 1957 photo is from a block south of that intersection.  Most of the buildings date from the early 20th Century.  Though a bus is visible down Clark Street, the streetcar tracks and wires have not yet been removed.

Today the same buildings line the east side of Clark Street.  The most notable change is the renovation of the bank building on the northeast corner of Clark-Morse.  The First Commercial Bank is now part of the Byline Bank group.


“Hidden Chicago Landmarks”—My Next Book

My fifth book, Hidden Chicago Landmarks, is being published on July 8th.  To quote myself from the Introduction, it is “a descriptive guide to the places that aren’t included on the usual tour.”

The opening sections of the book take you to 42 neglected historic sites in the city and suburbs, and tell you the stories behind each of them.  That’s followed by a look at 10 lost landmarks that should have been preserved, but weren’t.  Finally, we visit Chicagoland’s version of “fly-over country”—notable neighborhoods that most people simply drive by on their way to someplace else.

Hidden Chicago Landmarks has over 50 illustrations, and comes in a convenient digest-size for easy carrying in jaunts around town.  Like this blog, I’ve tried to make the book a fun read.  It’s available at Amazon for pre-order at a discount price.  So stock up now!