Then and Now, Cicero-Grand

1973--Cicero Avenue @ Grand, view north

1973–Cicero Avenue @ Grand Avenue, view north

2013--the same location

2013–the same location

In the early 1970s, I took a few hundred pictures Chicago trolley buses.  CTA was getting rid of them. Cicero Avenue was one of the last three trolley bus lines, ending service in March 1973.

The Cicero-Grand intersection shown above has undergone some changes in the course of forty years. The railroad underpass has been widened to accommodate four lanes of traffic. There is also a Metra commuter station here, replacing two other, little-used stations. The Mobil gas station is now Marathon. Just beyond the viaduct, the factory has been replaced by a big-box store.

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5 Responses to “Then and Now, Cicero-Grand”


  1. 1 Garry July 18, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I miss the trolley buses.
    You never had to step into the street to see if one was coming, as the wires would ‘sing’ when the bus was a block or two away.

  2. 2 benson July 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    My memory is fuzzy here, but wasn’t there a big CTA trolley/bus “turnaround” lot somewhere in the vicinity of either Cicero or Pulaski and North Ave?

    • 3 J.R. Schmidt July 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

      There was a bus barn on the southwest corner of North and Cicero, which stretched west a full city block. Buses returning to the barn for off-peak storage carried the rollsign designation “NORTH-LAMON.”
      –JRS

  3. 4 Garry July 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Was every old multi-story factory in Chicago designed by the same architect? Or are they simply form following function?
    Is that the Ecko plant, which looks like the Florsheim plant, which looks the long gone Stewart-Warner plant, most of the Central Manufacturing District, the Kimball Auto plant at Michigan & Pershing or the Campbell Soup plant?

    • 5 Ralph July 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Garry, I am sure that was the Ecko Plant. The address was 1949 North Cicero Ave. Your right, all those buildings do look similar.


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