|The Italian pharmacy in the Little Italy Neighborhood, Chicago. circa 1901|
The Little Italy neighborhood used to be larger, but like many other neighborhoods of Chicago was effected by the construction of new expressways. It lost a considerable chunk of land when the Eisenhower Expressway was built in the 1950s. It lost even more real estate when the University of Illinois-Chicago moved into the area in the 1960s.
The store across the street, Ronga Drugs, is listed in the "The Era Druggists' Directory, Volume 17," with an address of: 1031 W. Polk Street, Chicago. There seems to have been two Ewing Streets renamed in Chicago in 1909; one renamed to Polk Street, and the other renamed to Cabrini Street. Polk Street is ½ block north of Cabrini Street.
Reference: The Original Chicago Street Renaming Document of 1909
The Original Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1909
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.