Time: July 26, 2014 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Brands Park
Street: 3258 N Elston
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Website or Map: https://www.google.com/maps/p…
Event Type: architectural, social, historical
Organized By: Lee Diamond
Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2014
Avondale, Chicago Community Area 21 sits 6 miles northwest of the Loop. The boundaries are the west side of the Chicago river on the east, the Soo Railroad line on the west, Diversey on the south and Addison. The southern border of Avondale marks the northern border of Logan Square, and in fact the neighborhood of Logan Square stretches north into the southern boundary of Avondale. To the west is Hermosa, to the northwest and north lies Irving Park, and on the east side of the Chicago River is North Center.
Once part of a vast expanse of prairie, the installation of the Old Northwest Plank Road, today's Milwaukee Avenue, helped spur business and development and ushered in many years of prosperity. Avondale was annexed to Chicago in 1889 and grew rapidly as city improvements such as paved roads, electric street car lines and the Logan Elevated line contributed to a population that swelled to almost 50,000 by 1930. Due to an abundance of clay in the pits near the river, a brick industry developed and the working class residents built some of the most sturdy and beautiful examples of masonry construction in the city. As a result, the area is ripe with rich examples of architectural beauty.