Then and Now, Elston-Addison

1939--Elston Avenue @ Addison, view northwest

1939–Elston Avenue @ Addison Street, view northwest

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1939 the Irving Park community was already residentially mature.  The Elston-Addison intersection was dominated by a Chicago Surface Lines carbarn on the northwest corner.  The streetcar running on Elston in the older photo is a special service, transporting patients from Cook County Hospital to the Chicago State Hospital at Dunning.

Declining ridership in the CTA era resulted in the closing of more the half of the old transit barns, among them the Elston-Addison facility.  Today a strip mall occupies the site.

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