Then and Now, Madison-Clinton

1946--Madison Street @ Clinton, view east

1946–Madison Street @ Clinton Street, view east

2015--the same location

2015–the same location

The pillared Chicago & North Western Railway terminal dominates the older photo—when it opened in 1911, this was the second-biggest train station in the country.  Beyond it is the high-rise headquarters building of the Chicago Daily News.  Streetcars run on both Madison and Clinton, with a repair crew in the foreground, fixing the overhead wire.

In 2015 the Ogilvie Transportation Center has replaced the C&NW terminal, the Daily News headquarters is an office building, and the streetcars are gone.  But another repair crew is busy at the intersection!



3 Responses to “Then and Now, Madison-Clinton”

  1. 1 Garry November 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Ogilvie Transportation Center, a truly wretched excuse for a train station!
    There are only two clocks in the entire building & not one outside it. One is useless to everyone, the old Northwestern Station clock, which isn’t visible in the old photo & the other is the clock Citibank has at the west end of the bridge over Canal St. & useful only to those that cross the bridge, which is maybe 30% of the commuters when going home. Gee, you’d think they would understand that people need clocks when they want to catch a train. And don’t anyone say look at a watch or cellphone! That doesn’t work when it’s zero outside & you’re bundled up!

    In addition, everyone exiting to Madison St. has to pass through slow as hell revolving doors, so that the oh-so-precious office workers upstairs don’t feel drafts, thus causing huge backups on the concourse, when the morning trains come in.

    But then, this is yet another disastrous design from the master of disastrous designs: Helmut Jahn, who happens to have his offices in the 88 year old Jewelers Building at Wacker & Wabash, not one of his own modern “masterpieces”.

  2. 2 Melvin November 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    The building just past the former Daily News headquarters — is that the same building between photos too?

    • 3 J.R. Schmidt November 26, 2015 at 10:12 am

      I think you mean the Civic Opera House, on the east bank of the river. Still there, though now the company is the Lyric Opera.

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