...Harlem Avenue, that is. The photo above, from a 1976 issue of CTA quarterly, shows a group of people about to catch a southbound West Towns bus as it stopped on Harlem Avenue, directly in front of the North Riverside E.J. Korvette store and across the street from Berwyn’s Cermak Plaza.
As mentioned in a series of Korvette posts on this site a while back, as a kid I found this circa-1965 store's charmingly out-of-date script signage mesmerizing. I was thrilled to locate this photo, showing the tower sign as it appeared at the near-exact time of said mesmerization.
In 1976, Korvettes (the "E.J." had long since been dropped and the plural form adopted) was a sad shadow of its former self, the glory days of the 1960's just a memory by that time. After the chain's closure in 1980, this particular store became a Kmart, and the 190,000 square foot store now houses Kohl's and Petco. Despite modifications to the building, there are large swaths of Korvette's trademark white porcelain-glazed brick visible, still gleaming after all these years.
The 70's plaids haven't aged as well, I'm afraid.