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Friends Celebrates Chicago History “Chicago’s Motor Row”

Presentation by Dennis McClendon, Chicago Historian

Starting in the early 1900s, Chicago’s “Motor Row” was home to dozens of snazzy car dealerships. At its peak, over 100 different makes of automobiles were sold in the showrooms on Michigan Avenue near Cermak. The buildings were built to grab attention with their creative architectural design. A number of these buildings still stand paying tribute to when automobiles first came to Chicago.