#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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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)

#tbt to having my first #puppuccino @southportsbux #takemeback #starbucks (at Starbucks)

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#tbt to having my first #puppuccino @southportsbux #takemeback #starbucks (at Starbucks)

Southport’s Music Box in 1929

#TBT  @musicboxchicago
After a long circuitous internet journey that started with the great Chicago ephemera blog Calumet 412, and ended with Ebay (ok it wasn’t that long of a journey), we are now the proud owners of this original 1929 photo of The Music Box. Originally a page found in a sheet metal manufacturer catalogue (who worked on our marquee and others in Chicago at the time) you can now come visit it in our lounge. A lot has changed and a lot has remained the same! #musicboxtheatre #1929 #talkies @cinematreasures #chitecture (at Music Box Theatre)