Lincoln Avenue Motels

  • Lincoln Motel

Long before the expressways, travelers coming to Chicago from the north or northwest entered the city by way of Lincoln Avenue. Back then, Lincoln Avenue – also known as U.S. Highway 41 – was a major thoroughfare, dotted with bright motels sporting art deco signs and optimistic names like the “Tip-Top,” the “Summit” and the “Diplomat.” Most of these are now long gone, but towards the end, these low-rent motels were home to men and women who lived there for months and years at a time. In this story, Long Haul profiled some of the motel’s residents.