Then and Now, Cicero-55th

1939--Cicero Avenue @ 55th Street, view north

1939–Cicero Avenue @ 55th Street, view north

2015--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1939 this stretch of Cicero Avenue was mostly vacant lots.  Though nearby Municipal (Midway) Airport had already been operating for over a decade, air travel was not yet big business.  To the north, freight railroad tracks crossed the road at grade.

Today the railroad has been moved onto an overpass.  Notice how the roadway begins to curve at the bottom of the contemporary photo.  Because of airport expansion just south of here, Cicero Avenue now swings around several hundred feet to the east.

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