Then and Now, Armitage-Milwaukee

1952--Armitage Avenue @ Milwaukee, view east

1952–Armitage Avenue @ Milwaukee Avenue, view east

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

In 1952 the Milwaukee Avenue streetcar was in its last days. Buses had already replaced streetcars on Armitage, but the propane-powered motor bus in the picture was also on its way out. The next year CTA converted the Armitage line to electric trolley buses.

The Armitage trolley buses lasted until 1966, when they were junked in favor of diesel buses. The northeast corner of the intersection, partially visible on the left. went through a number of changes as well. The building in the older picture was torn down during the 1970s and replaced by a White Castle drive-in. More recently, a Walgreen’s store replaced the White Castle. Through it all, the bank building on the other side of Armitage has remained in place.

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3 Responses to “Then and Now, Armitage-Milwaukee”


  1. 1 Andrew October 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    And let’s not forget the real importance of that bank building: it houses Margie’s Candies, my favorite place to get my ice cream fix!

  2. 3 Ralph October 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I think I was only in Margie’s once in my life when I was about five years old!


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