Then and Now, Western-Milwaukee

1931–Western Avenue @ Milwaukee Avenue, view north

2019–the same location

The outbound platform of the Western Avenue station on the Logan Square ‘L’ route in 1931.  Nice vista up Chicago’s longest street.  Streetcars running on Western and Milwaukee—and likely on Armitage, a short block north, as well.  A variety of commercial buildings, including the Oak Theatre.

In 2019 the ‘L’ route is called the Blue Line.  The vista up Western is still impressive.  Buses have replaced streetcars.  The Oak Theatre is gone.  But just as in the last “Then and Now” post, there’s a McDonald’s in view.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Western-Milwaukee”


  1. 1 Andrew August 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    And was Margie’s Candies already on the corner of Western and Armitage in the 1931 photo? Or did they relocate from someplace else to Western and Armitage at some point?

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt August 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      On the Margie’s website, the owner says they started “here” in 1921. The store became known as Margie’s later, when his father married his mother. So it seems the fore-runner shop was there in the 1931 photo.
      –JRS


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