Traversing an Art Deco boulevard

Traversing an Art Deco boulevard

(photo by Lee Bey)

Western Avenue, the muscular 25-mile north/south commercial thoroughfare has a funky midsection between 31st and 32nd.

The street bulks up there. And its accompanying overpasses, barrier walls and streetlight bases are still dressed in snazzy Art Deco, courtesy of a $1.8 million re-do in 1940. The street’s garb is faded a little after seven decades, but its beauty is still there. Indeed, it makes one wish streets and overpasses could be designed this beautifully today.

(photo by Lee Bey)

) (photo by Lee Bey)

(photo by Lee Bey)

Jacob Kaplan did a nice profile of the Western Avenue Improvement project on the great Forgotten Chicago website a while back. Check it out.