Then and Now, Pulaski-Elston

1972–Pulaski Road @ Elston Avenue, view north

2021–the same location

We start with yet another photo I took during the last months of trolley bus operation in Chicago.  The Two-Way Grill stands on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Down the block on the east side of Pulaski, four two-story frame buildings with ground floor businesses are visible.

Forty-eight years later, the restaurant on the corner is now the Northside Grill.  There are also better traffic signals, better crosswalks, and retro-style streetlights.  The four frame buildings and their stores are gone.


4 Responses to “Then and Now, Pulaski-Elston”

  1. 1 Garry July 29, 2021 at 9:38 am

    You really drive me nuts with nostalgia & regret with all the photos of trolley buses.
    They were wonderful & quiet.
    I remember when they were getting rid of them, the experts said the frames & motors were still in excellent condition & they could’ve had new bodies with A/C added & they would’ve run another 25 years!

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt July 29, 2021 at 9:48 am

      I saw those same model Marmon-Herrington trolley buses running in Dayton during the 1980s, at least ten years after CTA got rid of them.

  2. 3 JAMES F. O'NEIL August 6, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    I am impressed with the retro street lights. How truly beauteous!

    • 4 J.R. Schmidt August 6, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      I agree. Funny thing, though—I remember that New York City once had streetlights with this design, but I’m not sure Chicago ever did.

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