Clark Street in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood is decked out with large historic photos commemorating the 50th anniversary of the community naming itself “Andersonville” and its rededication to its Swedish roots. In storefront windows throughout the commercial district, over 200 distinct images are on display, showcasing the businesses and people of Andersonville in 1965 and celebrating the vibrant community Andersonville remains today.
“Andersonville” was named by a group of local business owners who sought to bring new attention to the commercial district by renewing their commitment to the area’s Swedish heritage. Andersonville was dedicated in a ceremony attended by Mayor Richard J. Daley and Governor Otto Kerner. The name came from one of the neighborhood’s early institutions—the Andersonville School—which stood at the southwest corner of Clark and Foster.
As it was 50 years ago, Andersonville’s commercial district is still comprised almost entirely of locally owned, independent businesses whose owners live in or near the community. Andersonville has received national acclaim for its unique, vibrant main street.
The “Flashback 1965” images were culled from a variety of sources, including archives from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Chicago History Museum, Edgewater Historical Society and business owners and residents of the neighborhood. The campaign was created by a coalition of local business owners (with special thanks to Women and Children First Bookstore, Painted Light Photography and Framing Gallery, and Room Service) and residents, in collaboration with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. The exhibit will be up through the end of August.
Image Gallery: “Flashback 1965” Image Gallery
All photos courtesy of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce