Then and Now, Montrose-Austin

1961–Montrose Avenue @ Austin Avenue, view west

2020–the same location

I grew up a block away from Montrose-Austin.  In 1961 this might have been the only intersection in Chicago with gas stations on each of the four corners.  Moving clockwise from the Texaco on the northeast corner, there are Mobil, Pure, and Standard. The Mobil station is charging 30 cents for a gallon of regular.  An electric trolley bus is running on Montrose.  Meanwhile, the poles holding up the trolley wires are in the middle of transitioning from incandescent to mercury vapor street lights.

Today the only gas station at Montrose-Austin is a Shell station on the southeast corner.  The street lights and traffic signals at the intersection have been updated.  The trolley buses are long gone.   As for the 30-cent gasoline—that figure would be about $2.50 in today’s money.  Now don’t you feel better?

—30—

5 Responses to “Then and Now, Montrose-Austin”


  1. 1 rso1000 May 18, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Southwest corner was Texaco — SE – Standard // NE corner Pure // NW corner Mobil

  2. 4 Exige Blogger May 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    That is a rare photo of a Schwinn delivery van. I googled around & didn’t find another photo.

    • 5 J.R. Schmidt May 20, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      I didn’t notice the van. At the time, I was mostly interested in picturing the transitioning street lights.
      –JRS


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