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1910 Chicago Halsted

Exterior view of the storefront office of P. Schiavone & Son, bankers and steamship agents, located at 925 South Halsted Street in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois.

Al Capone's Soup Kitchen...opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 1931.

Al Capone's Soup Kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 1931 during the Great Depression. His soup kitchen was one of the very first before the government made steps yo do likewise.

1941 Maxwell street Chicago

A trip to the "Maxwell st. Market" at Halsted & Maxwell in

Winter Welcome by angwe, via Flickr

Winter Welcome by angwe, via Flickr

The Italians started moving to Chicago in the 1850′s and by the 1930′s there was around 75,000 Italians, with a big number of them, particularly from Sicily, residing in the Little Ital

The Italians started moving to Chicago in the and by the there was around Italians, with a big number of them, particularly from Sicily, residing in the Little Ital

Mandel Brothers Department Store, State and Madison, 1885, Chicago. Mandel Bros was founded in 1855. Older Chicagoans will remember that this store still existed into the mid-1970s until it closed amidst the decline of the State St. shopping district.

Mandel Brothers Department Store, State and Madison, Chicago. Mandel Bros was founded in Older Chicagoans will remember that this store still existed into the until it closed amidst the decline of the State St.

State Street, Chicago 1893

State Street, Chicago My German/Swiss grandfather, John Adam Pinner, was 10 years old when this photo was taken. He taught me a lot about good ol' Chicago!

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Typical tenement situation on the near west side Chicago, with 6 guys sharing a one room apartment, Sometimes there would be as many as 3 or 4 families sharing the same sized space.

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