Then and Now, Wacker-Lake

1911–Market Street (Wacker Drive) @ Lake Street, view south

2022–the same location

When the Lake Street ‘L’ line opened in 1893, eastbound trains on Lake ran only as far as Market Street, the first street east of the river.  There the trains turned south over Market, continuing on to a terminal at Madison Street.  After the Loop elevated structure was completed in 1900, the tracks on Market were retained for supplementary service.

The Market Street stub remained in use into the 1950s.  Then the structure was torn down to accommodate the north-south extension of Wacker Drive.


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