February 17, 2011

Montrose Urban Progress Center Opens, Uptown Chicago, 1965

Original caption reads: Urban Progress Center Opens with picketers on Montrose calling themselves Community Union of Poor People in Uptown, Feb 12, 1965.

Image available at time of posting from: Montrose Urban Progress Center Opening


Uptown Updater said...

I'm wondering where this was on Montrose. The building does not look familiar.

Anonymous said...

I believe it was just east of Sheridan where the Jewel is now located,

Anonymous said...

That building went from the south west corner of Hazel and Montrose to about a quarter of the length of the block to Sheridan. I'd bet if you saw a picture of it from across the street you'd remember it.

Anonymous said...

I just looked at an Aerial photo from 1936 and I think you are right about about it being where the Jewel is and not at the N/W Hazel/Montrose corner like I thought. Its funny as a kid I must have walked past that corner a thousand times. Now I need to find a photo of the building or that corner.

clarendon park said...

the progress center was on the SW corner of montrose and hazel, in the late 60's I attended a print shop there that was sponsered by Mc Cormick boys club. on some weekends they had dances, with a band called the Brighter Side, there was also an employment office.

Joanne said...

Thanks for the additional info!

Sherri Washington said...

I thought the first urban progress center was on the west side of Chicago on douglas st? I lived on montrose and Sheridan next door to jakes before the jewels was built ....can't place it?

donald r. smith said...

The Montrose Urban Progress Center was very successful -the Ray Hilliard Adult Education Center was located there - served over 500,000 person - GED, English as a second language -serving over 20 ethnic groups...full service center,.


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