#TBT – Justin’s Bar & Grill

RIP, Justin’s bar & Grill. What former bar do you miss most on Southport Avenue?

#DecadeChallenge Southport Corridor – 2009 vs. 2019

#TBT – Chicago’s Southport Corridor – 1977 vs. Today

A great photo from OldStyleSigns on Twitter of the Southport Corridor from 1977:

And the same cross-view today:

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TBT – Wrigley Field’s Yum Yum Donuts

From Etsy:

Yum Yum Donuts used to sit in the shadow of Chicago\’s historic Wrigley Field! Always chock-full of regulars, Yum Yum Donuts was loved and is missed. Taken some time during the 1990s, I was fortunate enough to capture Yum Yum\’s own history! Super classic, too, as was taken with old-fashioned black and white film 35mm film!

And how much this area has changed:


Old Southport: Zum Deutschen Eck

A throwback to the last half of the 20th Century is Zum Deutschen Eck.  From Chicago Bar Project:

“Perhaps the largest German restaurant and “bierstube” in Chicago, many mourned the abrupt closure of Zum Deutschen Eck in January 9, 2000. In recognition of the sixth anniversary of its departure, the Chicago Bar Project presents this page in memoriam for what in German meant, “The German Corner.”

Not to be confused with many hotels by the same name in present day Germany, Zum Deutschen Eck was one of the most popular German restaurants in all of Chicago since it originally opened in the 1950s. Since it closed, many felt great sadness and dismay as this piece of Chicago history was torn down and replaced by a parking lot for the Athenaeum Theatre, which took a fair bit of doing considering that the old Tudor-style building took up the entire corner of Southport and George.

Several have since had to find a new place for their regular pilgrimages to what many regarded as the best Bavarian chalet in the city. Some blame the son of the original owner, Al Wirth Jr., for taking the money and running, leaving the loyalists without their beloved Zum Deutschen Eck. But, as with anything, life moves on…”

Did you visit here often?

Music Box Theater – then and now

Way back Wednesday 📷 @musicboxchicago
We’re coming up on 90 years this August…
(at Music Box Theatre)
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#TBT 🍻 Justin’s Bar & Grill

#TBT 🍻 (at Tuco and Blondie)
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#tbt to having my first #puppuccino @southportsbux #takemeback #starbucks (at Starbucks)

❤️🐶📷 @charlie_lakeviewgolden
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#tbt to having my first #puppuccino @southportsbux #takemeback #starbucks (at Starbucks)

What a difference almost 100 years can make at Wrigley Field


The 1930’s to today – a remarkable difference at the Friendly Confines!  The Park at Wrigley now known as Gallagher Way, was once a coal yard with train tracks running directly through it.

From The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal:

“The land where Wrigley Field itself stands was never itself a coal yard, but it was actually surrounded by coal yards, as well as freight rail lines and lumber yards, at the turn of the century and well into its history. And even earlier, the site of the ballpark itself was home to a Lutheran seminary, which is where Seminary Avenue got its name.

Wrigley Field – Clark Street looking North. 1935


The Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary opened there in 1891. Despite the fact that there was already one coal yard right across the street, the Lutheran minister who built the seminary thought it would be a peaceful place for his students’ quiet contemplation. But soon, coal and lumber yards took over much of the area, attracted by the Chicago and Evanston railroad (later the Milwaukee Road). The young seminarians complained of the coal yard’s “smoke, dust, grime, soot, dirt, foul gases; railroading by night and day; whistles, ding-donging of bells late and early and in between times…the unsanctified men in charge sending the unsterilized particles, odors and speech into the homes, eyes and ears of the seminary habitats.” The seminary abandoned the site and moved to Maywood in 1910.

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Wrigley Field – 1930’s vs. Today

What a difference 60+ years can make. (at Wrigley Field)

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