Then and Now, Higgins-Cumberland

1955--Higgins Avenue @ Cumberland, view east

1955–Higgins Avenue @ Cumberland Avenue, view east

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

Sixty years ago, this intersection was in unincorporated Norwood Park Township, a half-mile west of the Chicago city limits at Canfield Avenue.  Both Higgins and Cumberland were two-lane rural roads.  But that was soon to change.

O’Hare Airport was opened to commercial traffic in 1955.  A few years later the Northwest (Kennedy) Expressway was constructed just south of here, and eventually the ‘L’ came through.  Today this stretch of Higgins serves as the boundary between Chicago and Park Ridge, with large hotels, office buildings, and apartments on the Chicago side of the border.

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4 Responses to “Then and Now, Higgins-Cumberland”


  1. 1 Garry June 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I love those traffic lights, as Cumberland is so unimportant, it appears to not have any lights facing it.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt June 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I think the traffic signals on Cumberland must be out of the picture. Otherwise, why bother to have traffic signals on Higgins?
      –JRS

  2. 3 JAMES F. O'NEIL September 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    My old stompin’ grounds in Des Plaines…


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