Then and Now, Ashland-70th

1944--Ashland Avenue @ 70th Street, view north

1944–Ashland Avenue @ 70th Street, view north

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

The large building on the left side of the older photo is a Chicago Surface Lines car barn.  Used for storage and repair of streetcars, over a dozen of these structures were sprinkled throughout the city.  The block-long Ashland-69th barn was one of the biggest.

In recent times, with fewer people riding surface transit, CTA is able to get along only seven garages for its bus fleet.  The site of the Ashland-69th facility is now occupied by a strip mall.

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1 Response to “Then and Now, Ashland-70th”


  1. 1 James F. O'Neil August 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Ah, memories of going through open parked buses and collecting transfers. My collecting and addiction back then. Thanks for sharing.


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