I am a Chicagoland history buff and have made several contributions to Earlychicago.com. Recently I volunteered to become the Archives Manager at the Western Springs Historical Society. I am really happy to have found your website.
Your article on Ogden Ave is excellent. I grew up on the north side near the lake and about 17 years ago moved out here to Western Springs, which is along Ogden Ave. So when I need to get back to mom's house, I often take Ogden instead the Eisenhower "Expressway." I never gave much thought to why Ogden justs ends abruptly unil I saw an old postcard on ebay for the North Park Hotel on Ogden and Center st. (perhaps now Lincoln Park West?) in Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park... but how could that be I wondered? (btw this hotel is clearly visible in your top photo on http://www.forgottenchicago.com/ogden2.php at the bottom of the photo, so thanks for showing that and help clearing up this mystery! And now I can see on maps.google that it is still there.)
Then, while studying some old organized crime locales, I learned about the hit on 5/25/1925 on Angelo Genna that occurred at Menominee, Hudson...& Ogden. Ogden again ...how could that be?
So then I dug into the aerial photo site at http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/nsdihome/webdocs/ilhap/county/cook.html and was able to
pinpoint one of old Ogden. That showed how the old street went all the way in which explained alot.
FYI: I learned more from a Gaper's Block artice dated May, 27 2006 called "Ogden Avenue and Urban Renewal in Old Town" By Alice Maggio, AND this website: http://condor.depaul.edu/~lincoln/index.htm.
Last summer I finally went to the Buddhist festival at the Midwest Temple on Menominee. When I got there, I realized I was on the remnants of "Ogden" and at the spot where Genna was blasted, to boot! We also walked down to old St. Michaels, which looks like it was on Ogden too.
So your article completes the picture for me and I am grateful. Now I just wish they'd reopen Ogden to Clark St again so I could get mom's a little faster!
I always say "If I were to become mayor, the first order of business would be to put Ogden back in." I would be terribly unpopular, but hey, its a missing link.
I came across both the Genna incident and Maggio's website while researching my article. Her website doesn't really have any good stuff on Ogden, although it does have a couple good photos of LP/OT in the 80s. Like this one
with the great caption "evidence of sanitation problems." Haha! Way to sound academic. The Laugh Inn Lounge at the corner of Lincoln/Wells is now a Bar Louie, and the area shows little evidence of sanitation problems.
of the Menominee Club was photographed by Cushman http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/cushman/results/detail.do?query=willow+chicago&page=1&pagesize=20&display=thumbcap&action=search&pnum=P03776
way back in 1947 when it was still a bowling alley. You can still see the stained glass bowling alley sign on the front (in person).
Anyway, what I wanted to say before I got distracted with all that - the best article about Ogden was written by Greg Beaubien for the Reader. Its called the Disappearing Thoroughfare, or something similar. Its listed as a source for my article, and is available on the Reader's website.