Then and Now, 31st-Halsted

1948–31st Street @ Halsted Street, view east

2019–the same location

In 1948 CTA’s 31st Street route had already been converted to buses.  Streetcars still had five more years to run on Halsted Street.  I wonder if that lady crossing 31st will make it to the bus before it pulls out?  Is that a Chicago cop directing traffic in the intersection?

Seventy years later, a gas station has replaced a number of commercial buildings on the intersection’s northeast corner.  Trees are visible all down the block.  And after fifteen years without service, CTA buses once again run on 31st Street.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, 31st-Halsted”


  1. 1 Joe Urbanski June 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    The building on the northeast corner as shown in the older photo was probably gone by some time in the 60s. Life long Bridgeport resident of 65 years and just don’t remember ever seeing that building with the butcher shop and restaurant. The Southwest corner of that intersection was home to David’s restaurant for many years which was a Bridgeport staple until a fire destroyed the structure in 1984. The building on the Northwest Corner remains from the olden days currently as a cell phone store. The 2 story building on the southeast corner was a Tavern and dentist office. Replaced by strip mall in mid to late 80s. The David’s site is supposed to be a new Starbucks location, approved by City Council but being fought by Bridgeport Alliance as they want a local business not a national chain. Have-not broken ground yet.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt June 17, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Thanks for the info. I’m from the Northwest Side, but I remember David’s. My buddies and I made it a tradition of going there after we bowled the Petersen Classic at Archer-35th Recreation.
      –JRS


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