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Wednesday · November 05 2003

Sherman Avenue postcardThis postcard depicts Sherman Avenue looking south toward Church Street in the 1930s or 40s. That would be the Osco straight ahead. Barnes & Noble would be out of sight on the left and the old Marshall Field building is on the right. Panera Bread is on the main floor there now.

That strip of Sherman Avenue hosts an unbelievable amount of retail turnover. I think the only businesses still running from the time I was a freshman in 1991 are Sherman Restaurant (omelettes, turkey club, and burgers -- stay away from the spaghetti) and Unicorn Cafe (haven't been since 1991). Rose records, Jim's Charbroil, Hoo's Drugs, Kroch's & Brentano's, Musicland (heh, Musicland) have all disappeared. I think there may also be a surviving nail manicure shop and an astrologer, but I can't say I've ever been inside those.

The changes between the 40s and the 90s are really nothing compared to the retail overhaul in Evanston the last couple years. The area around the movie theatre is an entirely new Evanston. I might find a postcard someday showing Rose Records packed at midnight for the Automatic For The People record release party. Where are all the highrises?

tons of interesting postcards at American Postcard Art

What you had to say:
November 05 2003

It is crazy the number of changes, I agree. I remember when our car wouldn't start and we were waiting for AAA in a parking lot that is now a new hotel. Recently, I have noticed the loss of McDonalds (the Omni is renovating - maybe taking over the space?), Warehouse Music, and Panda Express. I can't say I will especially miss any of these, but it is surprising to see some big names leaving. As long as the book store, the flower shop, and Sherman's turkey melts stay I won't complain. :)

November 05 2003

I totally forgot about Saville Flowers. "The loss of McDonalds" is a funny phrase.

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