March 28, 2011

Albums on Facebook

A Collection of Narratives
from my sister site
photo - quertime
I established a presence on Facebook called LakeView Historical in 2011 so to market this blog that began in 2008 so to post selective images (photo,article,map) from it and to publish topical albums within the Facebook page. In order to access the albums from the Facebook page the reader must click on the 'photo' option under the profile photo and then click on the tab that reads 'albums'. Most of the information in these albums are embedded within the over 80 blog posts. 
While using the Facebook page as a marketing tool for my blog I am reversing the marketing method from this blog to my Facebook page by listing all the albums I have published on the FB page. The reader does not have to register a personal Facebook presence to read and view the album but will need an account to contribute to it. 
I will title each album and copy/paste a very brief lead to the narrative while linking the title of the album to the original narrative on my Facebook page. Let's begin!
The Albums
These are photos from the 1970's through the 1990's. It is my hope that this album can expand as more potential contributors clear-out their personal albums and/or find images from other sites.
Opened in 1967 this Mexican Ristorante was established (in what was to be decades later called the community of Wrigleyville) during the urban renewal era of the 1960’s. During this time period Lake View East had a name change to New Town as a type of a make-over for a neighborhood ...
In 2014 the Chicago City Council wrestled with an 'coal and coke ordinance' that would ban ‘storage terminals’ within the city. The approved ordinance was a compromise proposal to allow existing terminals to remain while banning new ones ...
Typically, I would start my album narrative at the beginning and post an image of something from yester-year. In this particular album I will begin at the present in 2013 and work backwards to the year 1910. In other words, I will begin my narrative about a planned building in the neighborhood of Uptown as of 2013 …
William Conger via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook took some photos of the green space that will soon have real estate on it by 2016. The vacant space that was once occupied by trees, shrubs, and lawn surrounded by a metal fence is/was located …
Bismarck Gardens was located at the southwest corner of Grace and Halsted Streets in old District of Lake View. It opened in 1894 by brothers Emil and Karl Eitel to serve the sizable number of German-Americans living on Chicago's North Side (Emil was a resident of the East Ravenswood community of old Lake View). The park-sized space quickly became one of the city's most popular ...
These photos were compiled over a couple of weeks from Ebay, minus one or two. According to Ebay these photos were taken from 1969 til mid 80’s...
Paul Scot August had a grandfather who owned a vessel during the 1950's & 60's. It was called the Vicca. Apparently, Mr. August had fine memories ...
"If I had a dollar for everyone who came in and said,`I've passed your place a million times but never noticed you,' I wouldn't have to work again," joked Tom Boyle, Yesterday's founder - "We're just glad a few folks stop in from time to time."...
Charles R. Childs (1875–1960) was a prominent Chicago photographer and postcard manufacturer. He produced 
postcards from the early 1900’s into the 1950’s. According to the 1910 US census his profession was listed as “manufacturer of postcards”...
At the beginning of the 20th century, architectural terra cotta was firmly established as America's premier material for detailing commercial structures, especially the new, steel-framed skyscrapers then rising in Chicago and New York City. After the devastating Chicago fire of 1871, the fireproof qualities of this ancient, baked-clay form propelled its acceptance as a less expensive ...
The shapes or borders of each state in its infancy have changed over time. The State of Illinois borders changed after its establishment in 1818 particularly in the area that would be called Cook County that would be established 12 years later...
3201 North Ashland Avenue had been the location of bank building for over a hundred years and has been in a planning development limbo since 1990’s after the 'savings and loan' scandal of that time period ...
The fire started on a clear day on Sunday in June of 2005 about 5:25 p.m. in Dominick's Finer Foods Store that was located at 3012 North Broadway Avenue. The store was open to the public when the fire began ...
Imagine passerelles overlooking traffic @ Lake Shore Drive at Briar Place, Melrose, Roscoe, Stratford Place, Brompton Place, Patterson, and Grace ...
When your only source of comprehensive Cubbie news was just on paper. Here are some samplers of cover page of a typical 4 page newsletter...
This Lake View business did not dominate the pinball tables market but it did have an important part to our neighborhoods' manufacturing base from 1931 to 1977. Once a division Chicago Dynamic Industries...
When the huge new building was finished, nobody in the Chicago area thought it looked like a church. On the outside it looked like a convention hall...
This album is meant to highlight a new blog post called 'Recycle Buildings' I published in my sister site called LakeView Historical Chronicles. That new blog post is about the evolution of existing buildings in the neighborhood – meant for one purpose when the structure was first constructed...
The community of Summerdale was located in the Township of Lake View as of 1875. Located around Foster Avenue near the Ravenswood rail tracks...
In 1984, the Sulzer Regional Library began working with local photographer Robert Krueger to document the North Side. He has made hundreds of photographs of street scenes, parks, businesses, houses, schools, cemeteries, religious institutions, community events and people of the area...
The State of Illinois contributed 250k soldiers to the Union Army (1861-65). These volunteers mostly served in the Western Theater (primarily along the Mississippi River). The most important battles of that theater were the critical battles of Shiloh, Stone’s River, Chickamauga and the siege of Vicksburg. The township government of Lake View hosted an encampment...
When an iconic business like Uncle Fun closes or moves from the neighborhood a bit of the neighborhood culture moves with it. This store was filled with wacky and fun products that allowed anyone to stop by and explore – leave with a smile and most often a nutty, wacky, and most importantly FUN product...
This is an album about a successful architect of the 20th century apparently had an interest on my block of Stratford Place – Lake View .. then later negotiated away from my block to other areas of the city such as Edgewater and Buena Park. Most of his homes can be found in the neighborhood of Edgewater...
Everyone knows the name Kellogg – Kellogg Frosted Flacks and the iconic Tony the Tiger. Not everyone knows about the story of the three mansions on the 2900 block of (inner) Lake Shore Drive in the neighborhood of Lake View ... 
When you speak of The J.C. Deagan Company every musician will think of the xylophone, organ chimes, aluminum chimes, aluminum harp, Swiss hand-bells, orchestra bells, and the marimba...
The conundrum for Bill Veeck was actually getting the scoreboard up. It’s argued that the scoreboard is one of the most over-engineered parts of the ballpark. The power lines go deep into the sub-structure. That was built to sustain significant wind load. Think of it as a three-story hut...
According the recent publication called 'Hidden History of Ravenswood & Lake View' by Patrick Butler, the admission to the school was a tough - " for the 1878 admission test (to the high school) a potential student was expected to be able to draw a map of South America, including all the rivers and mountain ranges; list the exports of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil...
There was a dance craze on Sheffield south of Belmont ... 
A football team called the Chicago Staleys established a home base at Wrigley Field in 1921. The Chicago Staleys would be renamed that following year to the Chicago Bears and remain at Wrigley Field for almost 50 years sharing the spotlight with the Chicago Cubs...
A complete program ...
The Original Shoreline
Natural earthly forces have been negotiating the shoreline of Chicago lakefront for a millennium but not until the 1890’s did humans try to manipulate Lake Michigan, particularly along the shoreline of Chicago...
Alta Vista Historical District is one street area located in Lake View. The development was built in 1900-04 as an imitation of the row-house style area in London called Mayfair...
When I drafted the Facebook album called ‘Twists and Turns of Sheridan Road’ I noticed in four photographic images of a phantom-like structure in the background within the photos, in the distance along Sheridan Road. The general location of this shadowed background image was just south of Belmont and east of Sheridan Road...
Renovations have occurred several times during the ballpark’s 100 year lifetime ....
I begin this album with a personal testimony by a visitor of a Japanese shop on Belmont Avenue. “I think it's safe to say that since I moved to Chicago (and Lake View especially) in 1980, I've probably walked by this store at least 1000 times, without even popping my head in...
The Huntley House was constructed on Grace Street near inner Lake Shore Drive in 1853. By the next year the house became a resort and then a hotel with two additions attached to it. It apparently closed in 1890. Elisha Huntley owned property from Grace Street to Cornelia, lakefront to Broadway known at the time as Pine Grove...
Horseless Carriage
It would appear the route of the race traveled through the District of Lake View from the Lincoln Park (the park itself) and was either through no-longer existing roadway called the ‘Breakwater and Carriage Drive’ that was located along the then existing lakefront and then routed through Lake View Avenue to Sheridan Road to Grace Street...
In 1931, five hundred residents in Lake View who resided along the lakefront presented a petition to the Lincoln Park Board of Commissioners (administered the park and the northward expansion of it) requested a street name change...
This album will include more photos of apartment buildings that have inscriptions and/or names engraved above the main doorways of a particular flat or apartment ...
Legend has it that it began as a simple observational comment by a man who by the end of his life had a successful career in banking & real estate...

In 1889 City of Lake View,the former township, was annex to the City of Chicago. After that year more public schools were added within the old township to correct a continuous over-crowding issue. Most of the current schools in Chicago were constructed at the tail end of the 19th century and the first 2 decades of the 20th...
Big Bill Thompson was a powerful, athletic man, captain of the Chicago Athletic Club's water polo team and the Chicago Athletic Association football team before entering politics in 1900. He was mayor from 1915-23 and then again from 1927-31. He lived in the elegant 32 apartment 3 story building called the Lochby Court Apartments on the northwest corner of what was called then Sheridan Road and Belmont Avenue.
This Facebook page, particularly its more extensive blog partner, began when I would pass a familiar spot on my way to the bus on LSD along my block on Stratford Place...
This album is about the one of last remaining iconic landmarks of the old Lake View Township/City (1857-1889) - The Lake View Presbyterian Church. According to their congregational website, in the 1880's “the area was sparsely populated and the roads between Evanston [Township] and Chicago were uneven and unpredictable...
Imagine traveling on public transportation that connected commuters from South Bend Indiana to Milwaukee Wisconsin via Chicago!...
This album consists of street views from 1888 to 1910 of old Lake View. My blog post called 'Buildings and Street Scenes' has a more extensive collection...
On a Monday, July 27, 1891, a committee made up of Charles Busby, Charles Lasher, Reverend Dolliver and A.D. Traveller, selected the church site on the corner of Evanston Avenue (now Broadway) and Buckingham Place. This site was purchased and the church building was started...
After the Civil War (1861-1865) there was a need to accommodate long-term medical needs of the military veterans. The Lake View Township Hospital for Sailors was located at 4141 N. Clarendon in old Lake View area (1868-1969?), helped meet the needs of veterans for nearly a century...
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was instituted by presidential executive order, under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, to generate public jobs for the unemployed. The Federal Works Agency within the WPA was to allocated monies to ‘staving artists’...
It began as two old streetcars from defunct railway company to corner diner on Irving Park Road. I do not know the reason for entombing the streetcars into a 24/7 storefront building but there you have it, a classic display of Americana noted for its iconic 'Slinger' dish...
Mansions once graced the lakefront in Lake View. I reside two blocks from a mansion that is housed by an organization that has had this ‘love-hate’ relationship within the community of Lake View East.  Love – this organization that is about charity to the needy in a cost effective manner; and then Hate – due to its blatant ignorance of LGBT issues in a gay-friendly neighborhood...
Once upon a time, this theater apparently housed an auto part warehouse. The Vic Theater had several changes in since its construction in 1912. It was once also movie house for porn. On November 30th 2012 this same building, now a theater once again, celebrated its 100th birthday. The Vic was designed by architect John E.O. Pridmore, opened as the Victoria Theatre. It took three years to build the luxurious five-story vaudeville house...
Public transportation began in Chicago in the mid 19th century. The first streetcars were horse-drawn and entered into service on April 25, 1859. The first line ran on State Street between Randolph and 12th Streets. The original streetcars were 12 feet long, held 18 passengers, and operated at 3 mph. Over the next few years, several additional routes were added and by 1866 horse car service went as far as 39th Street. In 1882 electric cable cars flooded the streets of Chicago & then the Township of Lake View but with a periodic service along Evanston (Broadway) Avenue...
Beginning in the mid-19th century ‘truck farms', a term used for the transportation of farm produce to market, were mostly owned and operated by German speakers, so-called Luxembourgers and some English immigrants who mimicked the established business practices of the principal founder of Lake View, Dr. Conrad Sulzer as their own...
Ok, this one is worth a posting on this page. I found this group of photo images from Ebay. It is apparently the first white/yellow pages for the Township of Lake View - 1882-83. Ebay is asked $800 for it. Wish I was rich and famous to purchase it! As you recall Lake View Township existed between years 1857-1887...
In 1992 representatives from the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel met in the hotel where they began talks that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Peace Accord. The hotel was called the American Colony Hotel named after christian utopia society known as the American Colony...
534 W Evanston Avenue 
on the corner of Addison and Broadway
The Phone Company
 photo - Lake View Community Collection
There has been a telephone company presence on the 3500 block of north Sheffield Avenue since 1901. 
When telephones were still in its relative infancy there was the Lake View Telephone Company. This company, that may have been an independent company at time and outside the national Bell Company network – later to be known as the Illinois Bell and a subsidy of AT&T, serviced a very local area of telephones users...
The Alley
This album is much less about the closure of a store as it is an end of a chapter in the long and forever changing history of Lake View. The Alley once located 3328 N Clark Street opened in 1974 shortly after the end of the Vietnam War and just after the Watergate scandal that ended a president. Social revolutions were still a dominate occurrence in American culture with social groups struggling to make a mark in society - a white man dominate society that favored the status quo...  

Andy Ambrosius was assigned by Lake View Patch - an online news publication from 2011- 2013 to cover our neighborhood. This is his work from that time. My source is Lake View Patch-Facebook album...
Hopefully, this will be a series of albums devoted to street views of our neighborhood. My mission is to cover all of Lake View, block by block – this may take a long while, just say’in!
So, for whatever reason I began on Roscoe – east of Broadway Avenue with cell phone on hand and an editing tool on my desktop computer at home... 
Owner Sigmund Lekan on April 26, 1976 opened a butcher shop in 1949 that was originally at 3352 N. Paulina. As the business blossomed his small shop expanded across 3 storefronts at the original location. In 1984, Paulina Meat Market moved to its current location ...
The once prominent commercial area of Lake View was by 1995 in a state of shock. Woolworth’s in Chicago closed in 1993 and then all their stores nationally by 1997. Goldblatt’s had a second lease on life in 1982 but finally closed by 2003. The bedrock of the Lincoln/Ashland/Belmont area was Weiboldt's closed 1986...
The American Colortype Company in Chicago was a publisher of booklets, postcards, holiday greeting cards, as well as expositions that included the Century of Progress 1933, and World War I military subjects...
This album reflects the homes along Paulina Avenue in what is now known as the community of South-East Ravenswood in the neighborhood of Lake View during its various eras...
photo - Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
In 2010 the current owner of the Melrose Restaurant requested that I ‘keep an eye out’ for any original photographs of this southeast corner of Broadway & Melrose, particularly during the time of the neon signs that was discovered when their canopy torn, then finally dismantled by their landlord. 
Goldblatt's Ads
(click to enlarge image)
'In 1905, Simon and Hannah Goldblatt moved with their children from Poland to Chicago. In 1914, two of their sons, Maurice and Nathan Goldblatt, opened a store at Chicago and Ashland Avenues, in a neighborhood that was then home to many Polish immigrants...
This yearbook was published during an era of Prohibition and speakeasy’s, Al Capone, and Mayor Big Bill Thompson – his third term. Chicago was not done mastering the Chicago River – 1928 was the year engineers ‘straighten’ the river in order to expand the downtown area a bit. Nationally, the 1920’s was time of limit European migration, urban change with the mass production of the automobile… 
This is the second in a series of photos along a particular block(s) in Lake View. The first album was called ‘Walk’in Roscoe’ and this one ‘Walk’in Oakdale’... 
Jackie Arreguin, a ‘LakeView Historical’ contributor, donated over 15 ‘coffee table’ books to me. I graciously accepted them on behalf an organization....
We Are Here 2016
The World Series 2016 in pictures - that amazing nail-biting 10 inning game with the parade from Wrigley Field to Grant Park....
The State of Lake View
This album is about the ‘State of Lake View’ 1885-86 when our neighborhood was a one of several townships 
(referred as a town) in Cook County...
Shoe's View of the Cubs
This particular comic book of Shoe was published in 1988 just after the lights were added to Wrigley Field. This is part of my collection on the history of Lake View



Remember the ‘rocks’ along the lake shore; those chucks of limestone cubes that once graced the man-made shores of Lake Michigan? Well, while those cubes of limestone have been removed from the lakefront landscape the man-made artwork carved in those limestone cubes have not been forgotten ... 
I remember going there with my suburban friends when they came to town for a Cub's game or the bars on Halsted Street for traditional deep dish pizza. In 2013 most of the satellite outlets were closed minus the original restaurant on Sheffield renamed Lina's.
Equinox was one specialty stores located in Lake View East along Broadway that was known for it’s Holiday Season ornaments – unique and diverse once like the neighborhood.
LVHS Yearbooks
Lake View High School until the 1965 would publish yearbooks twice a year. I discovered that when I purchased a 1928 yearbook and notice that it was actually 
a purchase of a 1928 ½ yearbook ...
The Brewster
'If you’re as big a fan of Open House Chicago as I am, there’s a decent chance you’ve been inside The Brewster. The ten story building dates to 1893 & is a visual delicacy with its muscular quartzite fa├žade & crowning terra cotta frieze. The interior atrium, however, is undoubtedly what attracted mobsters, politicians, & Hollywood to the apartment block at Diversey Parkway and Pine Grove Avenue...'
Bob Russel took his family to the watch the Cubs play the Reds at Wrigley Field in August of 2013 a year before the renovations. This is his story by photography...
All the images that are posted on the timeline section of
 LakeView Historical you can view ...

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