Then and Now, La Salle-Lake

1960–La Salle Street @ Lake Street, view north

2021–the same location

Up on the viaduct in the older photo, a two-car train of 1920s-vintage ‘L’ cars is crossing La Salle Street.  The viaduct itself carries a CTA advertisement.  There’s a parking garage on the northeast corner of La Salle and Lake.  Beyond the garage is the 1920s-vintage La Salle-Wacker Building.

The newer photo reveals a reinforced ‘L’ viaduct.  The garage has been replaced by the 203 North La Salle Building.  Across the river, the Sterling Residences high-rise is visible.  La Salle Street itself has been treated to some landscaping.


2 Responses to “Then and Now, La Salle-Lake”

  1. 1 Garry April 16, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I miss those old 4000 series trains. While they weren’t air conditioned, at least the wicker seats were more comfortable than the current atrocities & they had window shades you could pull down when the sun was in your eyes.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt April 16, 2021 at 11:43 am

      I remember riding them on the Evanston Express into the early 1970s. The sound of their acceleration reminded me of the old red streetcars on Lake Street when I was a kid.

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