Western Avenue Pictorial 1908-2015 Winnemac to Leland

All black and white photographs in this post are from the Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Ravenswood-Lakeview Community Collection.   The photograph above shows Western Avenue, looking North from Winnemac, before the street was widened in 1924. According to Mark Dawson’s historical account, approximately six feet of buildings along Western were shortened to make […]

Gloria Swanson’s Chicago Home

Hollywood star Gloria Swanson started her career at Essanay Studio. There has been much speculation about where Gloria’s family lived in Chicago. Since the census is available now, I thought I would research it myself. Ms. Swanson’s address in the 1900 census record is 885 Seminary. The address became 3124 Seminary after street renumbering in […]