Then and Now, Milwaukee-Kilbourn

1951--Milwaukee Avenue @ Kilbourn, view northwest

1951–Milwaukee Avenue @ Kilbourn Avenue, view northwest

2017--the same location

2018–the same location

Our location is a few blocks southeast of the triple intersection of Milwaukee-Irving Park-Cicero.  In 1951 one of the city’s natural-gas holders towered over the neighborhood.  The photo was taken from the station platform of the Milwaukee Road railroad.

Today the above-ground storage tanks are seen no more in Chicago.  Town houses have sprung up in this area.  Trains still run on the Milwaukee Road right-of-way, though now they are part of Metra or Amtrak.




4 Responses to “Then and Now, Milwaukee-Kilbourn”

  1. 1 benson March 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Hi, John,

    Would you maybe do a post in the future on the above ground storage tanks. Were they the equivalent of water towers in other communities? And, in fact, is it water that was stored in them?

  2. 3 benson March 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you. I learned something new. And you’re right with the Cagney reference. We were always told not to mess with anything related to natural gas.

  3. 4 Joe Urbanski March 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Back when I was a kid there was a large natural gas storage tank on S. Troop Street and the Chicago River (about Troop and 25th St.). It was dismantled sometime in the mid 70s. This one was green with white and red squares at the top. There was also a bridge over the river back then at this location. The bridge was removed as well and replaced with a bridge on S. Loomis St a few blocks to the west.

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