Then and Now, Grand-Chicago

1972--Chicago Avenue @ Grand, view west

1973–Grand Avenue @ Chicago Avenue, view west

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1973 electric trolley buses were in their final days on Grand Avenue.  The coach yards of the Chicago & North Western Railroad were just to the south of here.  The neighborhood was mostly small factories and light industry.

Today Metra operates the coach yards.  The large warehouse behind the trolley bus in the older photo now houses a recording studio and other businesses.  But Joe Boston’s Italian Beef Stand—now decked out in bright green—still feeds hungry patrons at the point of the intersection.



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