A Project by
the Museology Class
South Chicago Commerce
South Chicago Welcome Page
 Commercial Avenue
 Major Stores
 Taverns and Saloons
 "Mom and Pop" Stores
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. 

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 South Chicago Commercial Sites

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