The Sights, Sounds, and Shapes of Chicago (part 7 of unknown number)........Astor Street

by Camellia Staab October. 27, 2020 740 views

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.

These were edible leaves, a windowsill salad 😉

These were edible leaves, a windowsill salad 😉

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!

The red peppers just stood out!

The red peppers just stood out!

More of Astor Street continued in next post.

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Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful series. Nice combo of architectural highlights and halloween decorations....
+1smile+1

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G B 5 months, 3 weeks ago

wonderful architecture you've captured and cool halloween shots too!

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Antonio Gil 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The level of clarity of your pictures is outstanding. Love the Halloween decors too. The house architecture in this street is really interesting.

5 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The street is amazing as far as architecture. I am absolutely amazed at the beautiful entrance on #25, that arch is so cool .

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Jasmine Olsen 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Love the architecture! And love your photos making them more beautiful! Good job!❤️

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jasmine Olsen 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Ma'am smile

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Brian Scott 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Really interesting set Camellia +1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Brian Scott 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Brian smile

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Berckmans Peter 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow, is there one free,me want. And you were lucky with the decorations. Nicely captured,and yes it is your blog.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 3 weeks ago

😉😁

5 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Leon Linder 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I must have been viewing "Camellis's Street".

5 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Leon Linder 5 months, 3 weeks ago

You are way too kind Leon but it definitely could be my street only because of the beauty of the structures not because of any resemblance. smile

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Gethin Thomas 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Love this set. So much interesting detail. Beautiful street.

5 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Gethin Thomas 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Agree 100%...with the beauty of the street so much to take in and enjoy.

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