Then and Now, Madison-Lockwood

1953–Madison Street @ Lockwood Avenue, view east

2019–the same location

We are just west of Laramie Avenue.  The older photo documents the last days of streetcar service on Madison Street.  In the right foreground is a safety island where people could stand while waiting to board.  The large building past the intersection is the headquarters of Local 1031, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Today the union hall is gone, and IBEW Local 1031’s offices are in Warrenville.  Madison Street has more trees, brighter street lights, smoother pavement, and bike lanes.  But to come full circle, there is a recent proposal to run Light Rail Vehicles on Madison.


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