Then and Now, Milwaukee-Lawrence

1955--Milwaukee Avenue @ Lawrence, view northwest

1955–Milwaukee Avenue @ Lawrence Avenue, view northwest

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

During the 1850s, the Jefferson Park community began growing up near the point where the Chicago & North Western railroad crossed Milwaukee Avenue.  The photo location is a few blocks south of there.  By 1955 the Milwaukee-Lawrence intersection was a well-established and prosperous shopping district.

Sixty years later, many of the old stores are gone.  However, Hoyne Savings still does business on the southwest corner of the intersection.  And just up Milwaukee Avenue, the Jefferson Park Blue Line station has joined the long-established railroad station to provide a steady flow of foot traffic through the area.



4 Responses to “Then and Now, Milwaukee-Lawrence”

  1. 1 Andrew August 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I remember my mother and grandmother taking me to Anne’s Department Store for bed linens and other supplies when I started college at DePaul 27 years ago (time flies). Hoyne Savings is still there, but just about everything else in the top picture is gone. I wonder if this section of the Milwaukee Avenue corridor will ever gentrify like the areas of Logan Square or Wicker Park have; Jefferson Park seems a little less pedestrian friendly and is maybe just a bit too far removed from downtown for it to happen…

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt August 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Actually, the area around Milwaukee-Lawrence has never become as run-down as Wicker Park and Logan Square once were, so “preservation” might be a better word than “gentrification” here. As long as the Gale Street Inn remains in business, the neighborhood will be okay.

  2. 3 benson August 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Sad to hear it’s gone. There were some wonderful Polish deli’s, etc in that area.

    My favorite memory is driving in from Michigan (where I now live), parking across the street from a funeral home off of Milwaukee and Lawrence, hopping on the CTA to O’Hare, and flying to NY to see the Sox and Yankees for the weekend. As horribly expensive as parking is, all I paid was two dollars for the train to O’Hare.

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