Irving Park Road Trolley Bus Trip

Another collection of my trolley bus photos.  Most are from the last months before CTA abandoned the electric buses in March 1973.  Here we follow Route #80-Irving Park Road, traveling west to east.

Neenah Avenue in 1960 (western terminal, with St. Louis Car Co. trolley buses)

Austin Avenue in 1960 (Patio Theater and Pullman-Standard trolley bus)
Mango Avenue wye
Moving around line-repair crew at Milwaukee-Cicero (with Sears store)
Albany Avenue (Commodore Theater)
Crossing over the Chicago River’s North Branch
Rockwell Street
Ravenswood ‘L’ Irving Park Road station
North Side ‘L’ mainline
Fremont Street @ Dakin Street (1-14-1973—last day of Irving Park Road service)
Dakin Street @ Broadway
Irving Park Road @ Broadway (eastern terminal—ready to run westbound)
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5 Responses to “Irving Park Road Trolley Bus Trip”


  1. 1 Marge in Chestertown, Md. September 19, 2022 at 3:18 am

    In the second photo from the top, the Patio movie theater sign is shown. Is that the theater name that at least some commonly pronounced as payshow? I never went to that theater although it was quite close to my high school.

    I remember riding many of the trolley-bus types shown and liked the buses because they ran so quietly, with no loud motor noise or stinky exhaust (the worst of which were used on the Boulevard Line, such as on Washington Blvd.)

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt September 19, 2022 at 7:36 am

      I grew up a few blocks from the Patio in the early 1960s. My Mom and Dad were also from the neighborhood, and they did pronounce it “PAY-show.” I never understood why they used this pronunciation. All they could say was that’s what everyone in their generation called the theater.
      –JRS

  2. 3 brecchie1 September 19, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Now there’s a decision that looks terrible in hindsight–getting rid of your electified buses just months before the oil crisis and fuel prices quadrupled.

  3. 5 Andy Polizzi September 19, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, when you called the theater for movie times (remember doing that?) they answered the phone, “Pay-she-o Theater.” Maybe that was just a Chicago-ism.

    I think in the ’60s there was a police raid on the Patio from the morals squad and our parents forbade us ever going there. Which being teenagers we promptly ignored. We biked there the mile from Montrose-Central because the Patio was cheaper than the Portage or Gateway, as long as you didn’t mind waiting two or three weeks to see the latest film. I’ll bet that if I look in my junk drawer, I can find one of the yellow or pink or red Patio ticket stubs (remember those?)


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