Then and Now, Milwaukee-Edmunds

1951--Milwaukee Avenue @ Edmonds Street, view southeast

1951–Milwaukee Avenue @ Edmunds Street, view southeast

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

Our location is on top of the railroad viaduct at the 5000-north block of Milwaukee Avenue.  During the second half of the 19th Century, the Jefferson Park community began growing up around the Chicago & North Western’s station of the same name.   By 1951 both the railroad and the Milwaukee Avenue streetcar provided commuter service to downtown Chicago.  Edmunds Street is just out of the photo at the lower right.

Today the Kennedy Expressway cuts through the area below grade level, with Milwaukee Avenue crossing over the expressway on its own viaduct.  Edmunds Street now dead-ends at the expressway.  The O’Hare Branch of the Blue Line, operating on the expressway median, has a busy station and bus terminal two blocks to the south.  The result has been a number of multi-story apartment buildings.  Commuter trains still run on the old C&NW tracks, though now they’re part of Metra.

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1 Response to “Then and Now, Milwaukee-Edmunds”


  1. 1 Mike April 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

    In the background on the right, there’s the sign for a tavern – with a huge vertical piece that says THIRSTY?
    That sign lasted until the late ’90s and I was so disappointed when it disappeared.


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