Then and Now, Kedzie-63rd

1953–Kedzie Avenue @ 63rd Street, view north

2021–the same location

Streetcars were in their last days on Kedzie Avenue in 1953.  They would be replaced by electric trolley buses, the simplest—and cheapest—way to modernize public transit on this particular route.  Notice also that those 1953 bicyclists obeyed traffic signals and walked their bikes across the street.

Two-thirds of a century later, the buildings in the older photo remain.  However, trolley buses have been gone from Kedzie since 1967.

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7 Responses to “Then and Now, Kedzie-63rd”


  1. 1 cpapunk September 13, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Funny the difference perspective makes. Looking north and most of the buildings are the same. Had the picture looked south, then everything would be gone.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt September 13, 2021 at 8:03 am

      So true. I’ve driven thru the intersection for years on the way to Marquette Park Golf Course, and have seen the changes.
      –JRS

  2. 3 Terry September 13, 2021 at 5:53 am

    It looks like at least one of the old trolley wire poles remains — it currently has the 30 mph speed limit sign on it.

    • 4 J.R. Schmidt September 13, 2021 at 8:06 am

      There are also a bunch more of those old trolley poles going north along Kedzie. Despite the newer paint job, you can still spot them,’
      –JRS

  3. 5 Joe Urbanski September 13, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Do you have any photos of the same intersection looking east? The Marquette Theater was on the South East Corner with what I think was Cupid Candy in the corner store front. It appears that the only photos on the web are of it’s demolition or boarded up ready for the wrecking ball!

  4. 7 JAMES F. O'NEIL September 13, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    We lived at 67th and Ashland, until 1955. My world went from Wentworth on the east to Western on the west. Kedzie was the Outer Limits. Our bicycles hit an invisible wall beyond Western…


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