Skokie Historical Society

Aerial Views of Skokie, Illinois
1890 through 1994

Previously known as NILES CENTRE or NILES CENTER, Illinois


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Lincoln Avenue from St. Peter Catholic Church Steeple, circa 1890

Taken from the steeple of St. Peter Catholic Church. Streets shown: East -- Niles Avenue; South -- Oakton Street; West -- Laramie Avenue. Buildings shown: St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church (far right); Engine House; Bergman General Store.

Fairview School, circa 1920

The Fairview School was located on the southwest corner of Howard Street and Niles Center Road.

Niles Center, Illinois, 1923

Looking northeast. Shown: South -- George Street; North -- Main Street; East -- Niles Avenue; West -- Laramie Street. St. Peter Catholic Church can be seen north of center and St. Paul Lutheran Church is near the lower, left corner.

Niles Center, Illinois, 1924

Facing north from St. Peter Catholic Church up Niles Center Road; Shown: Top center -- Elmwood Street greenhouses and Blameuser Homestead; Paroubek's Bakery shown at Niles Center Road location.  

Lincoln Avenue North from Oakton Street, 1926

Lincoln Avenue north from Oakton Street with St. Peter Catholic Church in center and view of Niles Center Road north. Note the Blameuser Building being moved from the corner of Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Niles Center, Illinois, 1927

Foreground -- Lincoln Avenue; North -- Church Street; East -- Niles Avenue; West -- Lorel Avenue; South -- George Street.

Niles Center Road at Dempster Street, circa 1927

Niles Center Road at Dempster Street. Buildings shown (lower left): A.A. Lewis and Company; others not identified.

Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street, 1930

North -- Church Street; East -- Niles Avenue; West -- Lorel Avenue; South -- George Street.

Niles Center, Illinois, circa 1931

The Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street intersection; the white line that begins at the right of the photograph and curves to the right is East Prairie Road; the white line that runs up the middle of the photograph is Skokie Boulevard.

Skokie Boulevard - Old Orchard Road - Gross Point Road, 1949.

View includes Westmoreland Golf Course, Memorial Park Cemetery, the future site of Old Orchard Shopping Center and the future site of the Skokie Valley Community Hospital.

Downtown Business Area (Lincoln and Oakton) in Skokie, 1951

Niles Avenue; Lincoln Avenue; Niles Center Road; Oakton Street is left to right along the center; Lorel Avenue; Main Street.

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St. Peter Catholic Church, pre-1952

Lincoln Avenue is shown running north along the left (west) side of the church and
St. Peter Catholic School is shown behind the church.
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North Shore Hilton and Concourse Office Plaza Construction, circa 1960

Facing north at Skokie Boulevard and Golf Road. View includes: Mancuso Chevrolet, Skokie Valley Hospital, and Memorial Park Cemetery.

North Shore Hilton and Concourse Office Plaza Construction, circa 1960

Facing east at Skokie Boulevard and Golf Road.

Lincoln Avenue and Main Street, circa 1960

Lincoln Avenue and Main Street intersection.

Gross Point Road and Old Orchard Road intersection, 1963

View includes Westmoreland Golf Course, Memorial Park Cemetery, Old Orchard Shopping Center under construction, and Skokie Valley Community Hospital.

Old Orchard Shopping Center, late 1960s

The Old Orchard Shopping Center is located between Golf Road on the south, Skokie Boulevard on the east, Old Orchard Road on the north, Laramie Street on the west.

Lincoln Avenue from St. Peter Catholic Church Steeple, mid 1960s

Busineses shown: Village Flower Cart; Suburbia Furniture; Grain Belt; Louise's Gift Shop; Jewelers; First National Bank of Skokie; Sinclair Gas Station; A & P Grocery Sign; Skokie Music; Hardware; Nunn Bush Shoes; Community Bakery; Alberti's Pizza.

Intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Howard Street, pre-1964

Taken from Howard Street, east of the railway track northwest toward downtown Skokie. Part of the image is blocked by part of the airplane.

Skokie Boulevard North from Gross Point Road, 1964

Skokie Boulevard north from Gross Point Road.  Building signs shown: Homer Brothers; Polk Brothers; Eagle Good; Turnstyle; Shell Gas Station; Howard Johnson Motel; Sunoco Gas Station.

Skokie Boulevard South of Golf Road, 1964

Skokie Boulevard north from Gross Point Road.  Business signs shown: Dutch Maid Cleaners; Orchard Twin Bowl; Homer Brothers Furniture; Eagle; Turnstyle; Howard Johnson Motel; B.F. Goodrich.

Niles Center Road at Skokie Boulevard, 1964

The Niles Center Road and Skokie Boulevard intersection.  Business signs shown: Fergus Ford with car on pedestal; Sure Save Food Mart; Gulf Gas Station; Phillip 66 Gas Station.

G.D. Searle & Company Building, circa 1965

G.D. Searle & Company building from Searle Parkway looking south.

Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street, early 1970s

East -- Niles Avenue; South --Oakton Street is shown running parallel to the bottom; West -- Floral Avenue; North -- Madison Street.

First National Bank of Skokie, circa 1970

The First National Bank of Skokie was located at the intersection of Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue looking northwest. Buildings shown: First National Bank of Skokie (left of center): St. Peter Catholic Church and School (upper right).

First National Bank of Skokie, 1978

The First National Bank of Skokie was located at the intersection of Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue during construction of additional floors to original cement building. Oakton Street is shown running west to east.

Old Orchard Shopping Center, circa 1980

The Old Orchard Shopping Center looking northwest of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard.

Old Orchard Shopping Center, circa 1980

The Old Orchard Shopping Center from the south at Golf Road facing north.

Lincoln Avenue South from St. Peter Church Steeple, 1994

Lincoln Avenue south from St. Peter Catholic Church steeple.  Buildings shown: Right foreground -- Village Inn Pizza; Far right background -- Skokie Village Hall with the senior housing complex in the background.

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