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Then and Now, Milwaukee-Chicago

1915–Milwaukee Avenue @ Chicago Avenue, view southeast

2020–the same location

The Milwaukee-Chicago intersection was a major streetcar transfer point in 1915.  The neighborhood here was one of the most thickly-built in the city.  That fact prompted the city to clear land a few blocks west for Eckhart Park, the first of Chicago’s vest-pocket parks.

In 2020 Ogden Avenue cuts through where that four-story building stood on the southeast corner.  Subway trains run under Milwaukee Avenue.  And though some of the modern buildings rise ten and fifteen floors, the neighborhood has become much-less congested.