South Chicago Commerce
The heart of the Southeast Side
consumer economy was the shopping district located along Commercial Avenue
with its focus at 92nd Street where several transportation links came together.
When Southeast Siders were doing their major purchases they said they were
going "uptown" which meant to the Commercial Avenue shopping district in
South Chicago. Outside of the major shopping were numerous "Mom and
Pop" businesses located throughout the neighborhoods which thrived during
the heyday of the steel mills but suffered with the decline of the mills
and the encroachment of larger businesses and stores.
Click on the links at the left to tour
South Chicago Commercial Sites