Then and Now, Throop-Congress


1928--Throop Street @ Congress, view north

1928–Throop Street @ Congress Parkway, view north

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

We are one block west of Racine Avenue.  In 1928 this was the location of both the power house and repair shops for the Metropolitan ‘L’ and its branches.  The four-track elevated structure—which also carried CA&E interurban trains—split into two sections here to run around those buildings.

The Congress (Eisenhower) Expressway was cut through the area in the 1950s.  Enough space was provided in the expressway median to accommodate four tracks. But by the time CTA trains began operating there in 1958, CA&E was out of business, and only two tracks were needed.  Today, the large warehouse building a block north on Throop Street has been converted to residential use.



6 Responses to “Then and Now, Throop-Congress”

  1. 1 mkstichauf December 22, 2014 at 1:30 am

    WOW! Love this photo in particular. I love how you always get the buildings that are in BOTH pictures to line up almost exactly in perspective to see that they really are the same buildings 90-100 years later!! Love your blog!

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt December 22, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thanks–it’s fun doing it.

      • 3 SJ Kibler February 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

        I found the collection of photos where this taken at the History Museum. Do you know if there are other collections that show the areas towards the west also along the IKE? Sacremento, California area?

      • 4 J.R. Schmidt February 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

        The Chicago History Museum is still the best source. Old IDOT Chicago Traffic Photos are available online. Or try going to Google, putting in Chicago, a specific year, intersecting street names—each in quotation marks—then hitting “Images.”

  2. 5 Garry December 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I believe the red brick building that’s been converted to lofts was Regenstein Printing.
    It was most famous for printing the Playboy centerfolds.

  3. 6 Charles Kass July 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    My cousins owned a brownstone at 511 S Throop. It was torn down in the 1970’s. They lived there for many years. It was just the other side of the Congress Expressway, was built in the 1950’s.

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