Then and Now, Madison-Paulina

1929–Madison Street @ Paulina Street, view west

2018–the same location

Before the Milwaukee Avenue subway opened in 1951, ‘L’ trains from Logan Square reached downtown in a circuitous routing.  The older photo shows the Madison Street station on that line.  The Chicago Stadium had just opened a block to the west, greatly increasing patronage.

Today the United Center has replaced the Chicago Stadium.  Most of the surrounding buildings have been leveled for parking lots.  The ‘L’ structure has been completely replaced, and is now used by Pink Line trains on the old Douglas Park route.  There are proposals to open a new station here or nearby.



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