Then and Now, Madison-Damen

1951--Madison Street @ Damen, view east

1951–Madison Street @ Damen Avenue, view east

2015--the same location

2014–the same location

The Chicago Stadium opened along the busy Madison Street commercial strip in 1929.  Most patrons arrived at the stadium on public transit then.  Besides frequent streetcar service on Madison, there was also an ‘L’ station a block from the building.  However, when the 1951 photo was snapped, CTA had just closed the ‘L’ station and rerouted trains into the new Milwaukee Avenue subway.

The United Center replaced the Chicago Stadium—but on the other side on the street—in 1994.  Except for the one-story building on the far-left of both photos, the north side of Madison is now given over to parking lots.  CTA has restored service along the nearby ‘L’ line, and there are proposals to again have a stop at Madison Street.

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1 Response to “Then and Now, Madison-Damen”


  1. 1 rickey2144 January 9, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I truly love the old photos. It’s amazing how things looked many years ago. I’m in awe when I look at them.


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