Then and Now, Grand-Halsted

1956--Grand Avenue @ Milwaukee, view west

1956–Grand Avenue @ Halsted Street, view west

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

Sixty years ago, the area around the Grand-Halsted-Milwaukee intersection was a mostly-Italian enclave.  The famous Como Inn restaurant is visible at the far right of the older photo.  Also visible is the entrance to the Milwaukee Avenue subway, only five years old in 1956.

Today the Kennedy Expressway cuts through just to the west.   The Italian population has dispersed and the Como Inn is only a memory.  During most of the 1990s, the Grand-Milwaukee subway station was shuttered because few people used it.  However, in more recent years, new construction has revitalized the area.

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