Then and Now, Madison-Central

1937--Madison Street @ Central, view west

1937–Madison Street @ Central Avenue, view west

2016--the same location

2015–the same location

In 1937 this stretch of Madison was one of the few Chicago streets with diagonal parking.  The northwest corner of this intersection is dominated by the massive Cinderella Building.  Two brand-new PCC streetcars are operating on Madison, while an almost-new trolley bus is stopped on Central.  That fencepost on the far right of the photo marks the playground at the Emmet Elementary School.

Today Madison features better landscaping, but fewer traffic lanes.  A strip mall has replaced the Cinderella Building.  Electric streetcars and buses are nowhere to be seen.  And Emmet School has been permanently closed.



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