Then and Now, Racine-Fry

1957–Racine Avenue @ Fry Street, view north
2021–the same location

Though the bus in the older photo has a sign reading “Cicero-Montrose,” we are nowhere near there. This was a chartered fan trip using one of Chicago’s earliest trolley buses. CTA #9193 is on a short-turn loop off the Chicago Avenue line, turning from Milwaukee Avenue onto Racine Avenue, before returning to Chicago Avenue. Up Racine near Division Street, one of the city’s above-ground natural gas tanks is visible.

Today most of the old buildings here have been renovated or replaced. The trolley buses are gone from Chicago, and so are those giant gas tanks.


1 Response to “Then and Now, Racine-Fry”

  1. 1 Ron Smolen September 7, 2021 at 10:49 am

    CORRECTED ___ CTA 193 and its sister 192 (renumbered 9193 and 9192 in 1952) are currently preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum

    Museum Web site

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