Waterman Boulevard Between Lake Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard

I realized I’ve never really ever taken any photographs over this way on Waterman Boulevard, and on a nice sunny day, the buildings really looked their best. It’s a mix of mansions, three-families flats–which are super common in Chicago but… Continue Reading


Shenandoah Avenue Between Jefferson and Missouri Avenues

Shenandoah Avenue through McKinley Heights marks a transition from very old houses in the DeVolsey Addition on the south side of the street, to the late suburban buildings of the late Nineteenth Century. First we head east starting just east… Continue Reading


Indiana Avenue Between Ann and Shenandoah Avenues

Indiana Avenue south of Ann is a fascinating mix of houses; up at the north end of the street are houses typical of much of the rest of McKinley Heights–built in the early Twentieth Century. But then, and this picture… Continue Reading


Russell Boulevard Between McNair and Missouri Avenues

Moving west of McNair, the houses become more elaborate, with greater ornament and finishes. Even the four-family flats have slate roofs and terracotta ornament that make them fit in stylistically with the larger single family houses next door. Some of… Continue Reading


Russell Boulevard Between Mississippi and McNair Avenues

Crossing over Mississippi Avenue, there is first a corner store that like many in the city, has been converted into a residence due to the dramatically smaller demand for retail at the neighborhood level. There is more architectural variety, with… Continue Reading


Russell Boulevard Between 18th Street and Mississippi Avenue

Russell Boulevard is one of the most interesting thoroughfares in the city, with different characters in each of the neighborhoods it traverses. In Fox Park, it has a particular feeling, in Shaw, a totally different style of architecture pervades, while… Continue Reading


Allen Avenue Between Mississippi Avenue and 18th Street

Continuing east on Allen Avenue, there is more variety, as four-family flats intrude in between the two-family flats. They have a dark almost burnt umber color on their front façades, showing the early Twentieth Century turn away from all red… Continue Reading