Then and Now, Wrightwood-Lawndale

1950–Wrightwood Avenue @ Lawndale Avenue, view east

2020–the same location

In 1896 the Northwest Branch of the Metropolitan ‘L’ was extended to a terminal at Logan Square.  Our location is about a half-mile due-west of the terminal.  By 1950 a local commercial strip was already long established on Wrightwood Avenue.

Seventy years later, the ‘L’ line runs all the way to O’Hare Airport.  But the commercial strip is still going strong, and Wrightwood Avenue has been widened.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Wrightwood-Lawndale”


  1. 1 Former Wrightwood Resident December 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I stumbled across your blog looking for info about the Sayre Avenue exit on the Kennedy (and learned about how it should be Talcott), and was happy to see this current post about the intersection of Wrightwood and Lawndale. I lived two blocks west from there about 15 years ago. In the second photo I recognize my old dry cleaner (yellow awning), run at the time by a very nice older man, and then down the block eastbound I see the Pepsi sign of Ziggy’s market and grill, where an irate grill cook once accused me, in a case of mistaken identity, of “doing the push-push” with her niece Sashka!


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