Then and Now, Pulaski-Waveland

1973–Pulaski Road @ Waveland Avenue, view south

2021–the same location

The older photo was taken during the last week of electric trolley bus operation in Chicago. Notice the collection of wires strung along the utility poles—three levels on one side of the street, two levels on the other. The substation was a few blocks south of here, and the wires had once powered additional trolley bus routes on Irving Park, Montrose, and Lawrence.

Today the same utility poles line Pulaski, but those electric feeder wires are gone. Down the block Van’s Grocery is also gone, replaced by a restaurant parking lot. Otherwise, nothing much has changed here in nearly a half-century.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Pulaski-Waveland”


  1. 1 Garry May 15, 2021 at 12:28 am

    That yellow brick apartment build with two ground floor stores has removed the stone urns from the top of the cornices & has changed the windows for the stores.


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