v26-1 Edgewater Storefronts

Vol. XXVI No. 1 - SPRING 2015

Ever wondered what businesses once occupied a store front before the current business? Now you don’t have to wonder. On our website you can check the special list of previous businesses that we’ve prepared. It is found under Local History/Businesses.

First a few caveats: It is not complete, neither with respect to all storefronts nor with respect to all the businesses that have occupied a given storefront, and it does not give precise dates when a particular business began and when it ended.

The list was compiled from various sources, which are given in the right-hand column: city directories, various kinds of telephone directories, Chicago Tribune articles and advertisements, fire insurance maps, church publications, and personal observations. The sources are given as abbreviations.

The list is sequenced first by street, then by address, and finally by date. The address is given in two numbers, e.g. 6136-6138; if the storefront has just one number the number is repeated, e.g. 6136-6136. This arrangement was done to enable proper sequencing of the addresses. If the date is before 1910, the old address number was converted to the current address number.

The listing will be periodically updated as more sources are found. The list was last updated as of May 2014.