Uptown in the 1920s was home to Chicago’s rich and famous. Despite the gradual decline of the neighborhood after World War II, some of original residents hung on. I found this woman near Sheridan and Wilson feeding the pigeons. In 1974, when I took this picture, hats were very unusual for women to wear. She looked very out of place in Uptown.
During the Sixties, most American women fell out of love with the hat. Some older people still clung to the tradition through the Seventies, however, especially when they went to church.