Then and Now, Madison-Green

1955--Madison Street @ Green, view east

1955–Madison Street @ Green Street, view east

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

In 1955 this stretch of Madison Street near Halsted was Chicago’s largest Skid Row. Though the streetcars had been gone from Madison for over a year, the city had still not bothered to remove the overhead trolley wire. Construction of the Northwest (Kennedy) Expressway just east of Halsted—counted on to revitalized the area—would soon begin.

The expressway was opened in 1960. However, gentrification of the West Loop would take four decades. By 2014 most of  walk-up buildings in the 1955 picture are gone, replaced by taller structures.

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