Skokie A Community History Using Old Maps

Skokie Historical Society

Chicago Neighborhood History Project

Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library

 13. Niles Center: Subdivision, c. 1925


This map helps us to understand why Niles Center was ready for development. It shows how the “L” line was going to run along­side the Chicago and Northwestern tracks. The Main Street station was never built, but one was constructed at Dempster Street. This is now the terminus of the Skokie Swift route.

A developer built a block of shops just to the north of the Dempster Street Station. The Bronx Building is a fine example of the style of the twenties and is still standing.

The lots in the upper left-hand side of the map were typical of the way in which Niles Center was subdivided (note the alley). Center lots cost $1495 or $1545, while end-lots could go up to $4000. Notice how the artist has tried to distinguish between the CNW rolling-stock, pulled by a steam locomotive, and the “L” cars.





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