Irving Park Road follows the general line of a local portage, which is the soggy land between two rivers. So when a park was planned for Irving Park and Central in 1912, it was called Portage Park. That’s also the name of the neighborhood around it, Community Area 15.
Guess the mystery location in this 1922 photo taken on the West Side--in this case, west of the river, between North Avenue and 26th Street. Though there have been some changes made in 90 years, an important clue remains.
In 1991 most Chicagoans knew nothing about the freight tunnels that ran underneath the city. That would change after a contractor sank wooden pilings into the river at the Kinzie Street Bridge and caused crack in one of the tunnel walls.
This is the most remote corner of Chicago. You’re 22 miles from State and Madison, you can drop a coin and have it roll into Indiana– yet you’re still within the city’s corporate limits. You must be in Hegewisch.