Then and Now, 63rd-Loomis

1948--63rd Street @ Loomis, view west

1948–63rd Street @ Loomis Boulevard, view west

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

The Englewood Branch of the South Side ‘L’ was completed to a terminal at 63rd-Loomis in 1907.  The station here became a busy transfer point from surface transit.  When Municipal (Midway) Airport opened in the 1920s, there were tentative plans to extend the ‘L’ to Cicero Avenue.

CTA eventually settled on a different route to Midway.  However, in 1969 the Englewood ‘L’ was extended two blocks west to its current terminal at Ashland, and the Loomis station was closed. Today the intersection is dominated by the 7th District Police Station, partially visible on the right of the newer photo.


5 Responses to “Then and Now, 63rd-Loomis”

  1. 1 James F. O'Neil April 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Of course you can read my stories:

    and this one

    I am so happy that I found such a great memory in pictures. Thanks for getting to my old stomping grounds.

  2. 3 ellde2012 June 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Everything has changed so much, I don’t recognize the new pictures of the same place, and I lived in thist (Englewood) neighborhood.

  3. 4 Michele Russ August 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I went there as a small child with my mom and grandmother…..but it sure does not look the same. I would not recognize it at all!

    • 5 J.R. Schmidt August 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks for the message. And keep checking the “Then and Now” posts—some places in Chicago still look virtually the same, even 50 or 60 years later.

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