Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's weekly game in which you, fair readers, consult archival streetscape photos or postcard illustrations to identify the building(s) and/or location presented. Time to tap that reservoir of urban minutiae and flaunt it before your fellow readers. Fire away in the comments, and we'll reveal the correct identity and backstory on Friday.
Right around the time that true rail car dining became antiquated and scarce, chunks of train began being reenlisted as diners across the urban and suburban landscape. But how many retired airplanes became living artifacts? Clearly not many, but we now know of at least one within Chicago's limits. The above 1964 photo depicts a DC-6 on its way to begin converted to a drive-in restaurant on the West Side. It's not there today (that would make for much too easy a cornerspot), but the barren intersection could quite easily park two or three novelties of this scale— something the local economy would be less likely to support. Anyone know where we are, exactly?
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]