Then and Now, California-Milwaukee

1967–California Avenue @ Milwaukee Avenue, view north

2019–the same location

This is the view north from the California ‘L’ station at Milwaukee Avenue.  In 1967 this was the next-to-last stop before the Logan Square terminal on what was then the  Milwaukee Branch of the West-Northwest service.  Electric trolley buses were in their last days of operation on route #52 Kedzie-California.  The buildings here were small, old, and run-down.

Today the ‘L’ trains on the Blue Line run all the way to O’Hare.  Electric trolley buses are gone from the streets of Chicago.  The neighborhood around the station has lots of renovation and new construction.

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3 Responses to “Then and Now, California-Milwaukee”


  1. 1 benson December 3, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Two things jump out at me. The cool cars in the 1967 photo, and how pretty much the structures are all intact in the current photo, save for the new multi-story building behind the northwest corner. As I’ve said before, I love how the city keeps re-inventing itself.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt December 6, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Benson–
      Glad to hear from you again! If you drive down Milwaukee Avenue southeast from California, there are many newer, larger buildings not shown in the photo from the ‘L’ platform.
      –JRS

  2. 3 Steeve Dixson December 6, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Please contact me regarding this photograph of my grandfather’s place of business. Thanks in advance!


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