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Roeser’s Bakery: A Sweet Slice of Chicago History

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Roeser's Bakery with the #72 bus going by. John Morris/Chicago Patterns

Roeser’s Bakery with the #72 bus going by. John Morris/Chicago Patterns

Roeser’s Bakery, a fourth-generation family business that started in 1911, sits near the corner of North and Kedzie in Humboldt Park. The oldest family-owned bakery in the city continues to thrive,  due in large part to its commitment to quality and customer service, the Roeser family says.

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Miniature Gothic on North

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Small Gothic commercial/residential building on North near Kimball in Humboldt Park, built ca. 1909.

19th-Century Chicago Addresses on the West Side

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Before Edward Brennan developed the comprehensive 8 blocks-to-a-mile address system in 1909, Chicago street addresses were disorganized and confusing, being based on three distinct divisions of the city created by its surrounding waterways of the Chicago River, its branches, and Lake Michigan. Lake Street (the first street platted in the village of Chicago) was the city’s original dividing line between north and south but east and west designations depended on which side of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan you were located. Continue reading »

Awaiting a New Tenant: Pioneer Arcade at North and Pulaski

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Pioneer Arcade

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At North and Pulaski is Pioneer Arcade, a vacant Spanish Baroque building with a long history in Humboldt Park. This faded but magnificent structure designed by Jens J. Jensen served as an entertainment venue for more than 80 years.

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