One of the prettiest ( in my opinion) streets in Chicago, is Astor Street. Astor Street is named after John Jacob Astor, America's first multimillionaire.
After working alongside his father in the family’s dairy business for several years, Astor left Germany at the age of 16 to join his brother in London. For five years, he helped his brother manufacture and sell musical instruments, eventually traveling to the United States in 1784 to serve as the business’ U.S. agent. Just 21, Astor reportedly carried little more with him than a shipment of seven flutes. Once stateside, Astor worked with another older brother, Henry, a successful butcher in New York’s Bowery area, and then briefly worked as a baker. Disillusioned with all of these lines of work, Astor began trading for furs with local Native American tribes, and when a commercial treaty between the United States and Great Britain opened up new markets in the west in the 1790s, Astor sprung into action, establishing himself as the exporter for one of Canada’s premier fur companies—and by the end of the decade he was worth more than $250,000, nearly $5 million in today’s dollars.
Incidentally, John Jacob Astor, never lived in Chicago, but to honor his achievements, this street, which is located on Chicago's Gold Coast and runs behind Lakeshore Drive; a particularly exclusive street as well, was named after him.
By now, you should have an idea as to why this particular street might be of interest and to my liking. No, it's not because all the rich and panjandrums of the city live there, but rather because most of the houses on this street date back to the 1800's.
Architecturally, there are some really beautiful buildings around this street, ones that have so much character.
Naturally on my most recent trip to Chicago, Astor Street was on my list.
But boy, was I in for a treat!
Not only was I able to admire the beautiful architecture but....... most of the houses were decorated to the hilt for Halloween.
Thankfully, I had my camera with me. 😉
And then I could not decide on what to concentrate on.....the architecture or the decorations?
Consequently, I did a little of both.
Ok, I understand, you are thinking...Camellia, this is neither architecture nor Halloween decor, so ......?
Well, you know, this is my blog, I can post any kind of photo I want. This one below grabbed my attention because of the red peppers and of course the color combination.
Definitely an eye catcher!
More of Astor Street continued in next post.