Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's regular 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 tomorrow.
In the early 1930s most of the major diagonal avenues still had electric streetcar service even though gas buses were making their first big push toward usurpation. The above photo is from that era and shows the tight corridors streetcars once shared with automobiles (the dance continues in Toronto). The corner in play is at the heart of a North Side neighborhood known today for shopping, dining, and civilized drinking. And, in fact, the biggest visual clue comes in the form of the Schlitz bar to the right of the streetcar. That building still stands and is still in the business of booze. Your turn: name that intersection!
·Cornerspotter [Curbed Chicago]