The businesses have changed, and a few buildings have disappeared, but downtown's core still is centered on the , between Pearson and Lee streets.
This picture, taken in the mid-1950s, captures a time when angled parking was still allowed on the north side of Miner Street and parallel parking along the south side. There was also a large green space with a colonnade of .
Many of the buildings on the north side of the street still look much the same.
The Kunisch building was then a currency exchange, now Teresa Tailor.
The next building was then Frank's Apparel, and is soon to be home to .
Next door was the .
Following the line, the next building was the Winkelman Recreation Parlor building, longtime home to and demolished to make way for .
The building next door was the Manuel Block, removed for a park that was later folded into the Metropolitan Square development.
Next is the familiar , then (now ), (now ), Toy & Hobby House (vacant), and Des Plaines Realty (). The block ends with the venerable .