June 08, 2015

Transit Lake View

Local Public Transport 
the story about forgotten railroad
This post is a continuation of the another post called 
North Side Transport and the North Shore at Belmont.
In this post I highlight public transportation for
both elevated and ground within Lake View.
The Chicagoan
1930 Insull Transit Poster Series 
 JJ Sedeimaier Productions via
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography 
View south at Clark Street Junction
art work by James Allen via Chicago L on Facebook
Some General Background - Chicago
Public transportation began in Chicago in the mid-19th century. The first streetcars were horse-drawn and entered into service on April 25, 1859. The first line ran on State St. between Randolph and 12th Streets. The original streetcars were 12 feet long, held 18 passengers, and operated at 3 mph. Over the next few years, several additional routes were added and by 1866 horse car service went as far south as 39th Street.
1900 ad - Chicago Daily Tribune
In 1882 saw the introduction of cable cars in Chicago. Cable cars were much faster than horse cars, capable of speeds of up to 14 mph. The first cable car line was on State Street north of 21st Street. The first electric trolleys were constructed on N Clark Street and Irving Park Road by 1896. The first overhead trolley car went into service in 1890 on 93rd Street between Stony Island & South Chicago Avenue. Electrification of horse car & cable car routes were completed in 1906.
Cable vs Streetcar

images - CTA 2017 Calendar
Construction of the Elevated Train, Fullerton Avenue, looking south to Belden Avenue in 1898. The photo above is from
Lincoln Park Neighborhood Collection, Archives and Special Collections, DePaul University, John T. Richardson Library 
- Matthew Joseph Verive via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
This 1893 rail and street map indicated the locations of electric vs horse-drawn public used transportation at the time. Some streets had a combo of both types of transport.
image - Chicago Transit and Railfan
A broader view of transportation in 1893 city-wide
Blue indicates cable cars; Green indicates horse-drawn public carriages; Red indicates electric streetcars
photo - Calumet 412 along Evanston Avenue (Broadway)
During this time period the general public would have to pay a toll to use public transportation that was owned and operated by private companies much like the tolls currently 
paid on Illinois and Chicago expressways.

photo source - Ebay 
Streetcar heading north 
and location identified by Susan Reibman Groff
On February 1, 1914, all street railway companies in Chicago were unified under one management and became known as the Chicago Surface Lines. Prior to that date service was provided by the following private companies: Chicago Railways Co., Chicago City Railway Co., Calumet & South Chicago River Co., Southern Street Rv. Co., and Chicago and Western River Company. Motor bus service began in Chicago on August 11, 1927 when the first gasoline buses were placed into service on Diversey Avenue. This was followed by the introduction of trolley bus service on April 17, 1930. In 1945, the Chicago Transit Authority was created. On October 1, 1947, the Chicago Transit Authority took over all rapid transit and streetcar service in Chicago.
Some Local Background 
 Township/City of Lake View
According to my limited research one of the first public used rail lines was the extension of the Chicago's Clark Street line from Fullerton Avenue to "40 rods" north of same street. By 1863 township trustees approved rail service on Evanston Avenue (Broadway) in 1863 from Diversey to Graceland (Irving Park Road). The residents along Evanston Avenue had a difficult transition from horse-drawn service vs engine-powered (dummy cars). Dummy cars were streamed powered by which the first car-the engine car was meant to look like a passenger car so not freak the horses. Of course the noise and smoke of the Dummy engine disturb the horses not the sight of it so the horse powered streetcars were re-introduced years later. During this time period Evanston Avenue was referred to as Dummy Road and the Lake View Township #1 (Nettelhorst) was called Dummy School. In 1876 Lincoln Avenue service (formerly called Little Fort Road) like the Clark Street rail (formerly known as Green Bay Road) connect the City of Chicago with the township that extended service from the city border street of Fullerton Avenue to Wrightwood Avenue. The township trustees approved the extension of Lincoln Avenue service from Wrightwood to Belmont Avenue by 1885. One year later northward expansion of privately owned and publicly used rail service continued on Halsted Street from Fullerton to Belmont Avenues. The alderman of the City of Lake View approved Clybourn service from Fullerton to Belmont Avenues. By 1900 full service was established between the Loop and Wilson Avenue.
Note: The borders of the township and city of Lake View ranged from then existing lakefront to Western Avenue and/or the North Branch of the Chicago River, south on Fullerton Avenue to Devon Avenue to the north.
Planning Township Service 1886
The North Chicago streetcar #880 ran along Fullerton Avenue to Halsted Street between 1884 and 1895. By 1895 horse drawn was replaced by electric. Fullerton Avenue served as the border between Lake View Township/City and Chicago before the annexation of 1889 - CTA via Pinterest
Evanston (Broadway) Avenue trolley owned and operated by the Evanston Railway Company a photo prior to 1913 
The photos below were taken in 2014 from a contributor of Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
An apparent Clark Street Line streetcar that made a connection to the Evanston Avenue (Broadway) electric streetcar in 1890 (one year after annexation) - Calumet 412 
At midnight of Tuesday December 27, 1910 the direct track connection between the Chicago Evanston Avenue (now Broadway) line and the Evanston Chicago Rail line was cut at Clark and Howard without any notice by the owners of the transit company, in an event called “cutting the line.” 
 heading north from the intersection of Clark and Diversey
apparently on Evanston Avenue? 
per Chicago History Museum via Calumet 412
Evanston Avenue Residents 
Rapid Transit Ready in 1893
public transport had private owners
Invaded by Bees later that year in 1893

Do not ruin my scenic route! 1894
Evidence of What Had Been 
near the corner of Stratford Place & Broadway 2009
Broadway & Stratford Place
 2018 Resurfacing Public Works Project
at Belmont/Sheffield
 photos - J. Willelme Banks-De Beauharnais 
photo below - Kevin Gaitsch 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
vintage tracks on Lincoln & Barry
2021 photo - Jarrod Godfrey
Vintage Scenes & Images
1925 photo - Northwest of Chicago on Facebook 
Intersections of Clark, Broadway, and Diversey Parkway 
Notice the marquee in the middle of photo highlighting Diversey Hotel and Diversey Theater now the Days Inn and the Century Mall. As a side note, the first motor operated bus in Chicago was used along Diversey Parkway in 1927.
photo - Chuckman Collection
The intersection of Evanston Avenue (Broadway), 
Clark Street, and Diversey Parkway
 1905 photo - Charles R. Childs photographer
Lincoln south of Wellington 1930's?
photo - Lance Grey via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
German speaking pharmacy at 2921 N Lincoln Aveune
In 1894 Electric car service on Clark Street and the connection to Evanston (Broadway) Avenue. 
image above - from a 2013 CTA Calendar
Street transportation lines (surface trolleys) within LakeView midsection - eastern Lake View as of 1925
Street transportation lines (surface trolleys) and 
Evanston branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad - thick line within Lake View midsection - 1925
#22 Clark at Clark Street and Sheffield Avenue
photo - Trolley Dodger
#9 Ashland shuttle car on Addison Street heading east passed
 Lake View High School
and below
a #22 heading north on Clark Street
The Clark, Halsted Barry Intersection
 streetcar heading south on Halsted, Clark & Barry
photo - the Trolley Dodger
1948 photo - Calumet 412
 Today's current view would be CVS store to the right of the photo and Marshall's dept. store to the left.
1940's? photo - Trolley Dodger via Uptown Update
two transport eras, one intersection - Halsted and Clark 
The Waveland Avenue Turn-a-Round
from Broadway to Halsted via Waveland Avenue 
photos - dfwu/Ebay
3 photos - Trolley Dodger
 streetcar and then a green hornet heading west on Waveland from Broadway to Halsted Street
photo - Trolley Dodger
Green Hornet heading south from Waveland to Halsted
1952 photo below -  Robert W. Gibson Photo/Electric Railway Historical Society Collection
A Then and Now
Forgotten Chicago on Facebook contributor Art Colletta with the same location as of 2013 by Forgotten Chicago on Facebook - contributor Kent Bartram below:
Irving Park Road and Seminary below

image  - CTA 2014 calendar
1937 Sheridan Road at Irving Park Road looking north 
Notice the rails for the trolleys with the cobble stones 
photo - Trolley Dodger via Uptown Update
 #36 heading south at Grace Street passing the 
old Chateau Theater renamed Vogue Theater with the 
old Chateau Hotel (Broadway-Sheridan hotel) in the distance
by Carole Kulzer Brennan
"I remember those red streetcars with wicker seats. Spent most of my youth living on Belmont Avenue ( between Damen & Wolcott). The rails went down the center of the street with electric trolley cables overhead. When the car reached the end of the line, the engineer walked to the opposite end where the second drivers station was located. The conductor reversed the seating by re-positioning the backrest. As a 7 year old, the fare matched my age!"
Private Bus Tour on Sheridan Road
(click to enlarge image)
above photo - CTA 1935
below photo - CTA 2018 Calendar
The images below are trolleycars called the 'Big Brill'.
Its' route was from the Grace-Halsted terminal (turn-around) to Madison Avenue in the Loop and then to Austin Avenue. The 'Big Brill route' began in 1910 and ended by 1933.
Note: Read the Facebook comments on the photo below! 
A total of 683 PPC (Presidents’ Conference Committeecars were purchased in 1948. Ten years later all but one of the prewar cars had been scrapped, and most of the postwar cars had been stripped of parts.
photo - Ebay
 Devon / Broadway streetcar
Devon Avenue was the border of old Lake View
 Devon / Clark streetcar
Devon Avenue was the border of old Lake View
1925 photo - Ishaq Hani via Northwest side of Chicago on Facebook 
photo - Ebay
Broadway, Clark, & Diversey Parkway 1940's
This photo has great resolution if copied to your computer. Notice the man on the upper right hanging out the window cleaning his window!!
Wellington? and Clark Street 1946
Chuckman Collection
image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
the other side of Southport - Ebay

images - CTA 2015 calendar
Irving Park and Broadway 1948
Jim Huffman – Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
from my collection, Ed Frank Jr photos
Irving & Broadway 1948
"Looking west on Irving w/a work truck & Red Car #888 about to take the crossover WB, looking east on Irving at Broadway & 2-PCC's. The Red Car has the CSL emblem on the sides, as does a PCC. The CTA when they took over, changed the emblems to CTA as the cars arrived at the Car Barns. There were some routes converted to bus in 1948, Montrose was one of them. The Irving east end & cross over, was west of Broadway. But the tracks continued & connected to Broadway. One of the earliest routings was NB Evanston (Broadway) to Irving & thence WB. Later WB to Clark & NB to Evanston, for a while." Note: WB means 'westboard'.
On Irving Park Road #80 along the cemetery between Sheridan Road and Clark Street both streetcars (right) and trolleys (left) - 1954 
#22 Clark Street 'Green Hornet' 1957
by the trolleydodger
Heading south on Clark Street passed Graceland Cemetery entrance
Heading south on Clark Street passed the cemeteries 
south of Irving Park Road
heading south passed the former coal yard toward now defaunt section of Seminary Avenue
a 1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance map of now defaunt section of Seminary Avenue highlighting the coal yard west of the ballpark
a Green Hornet heading north on Clark beyond Addison Street
 heading south on Clark at Halsted/Barry
photo - Chicaog Streetcar Group
heading south on Broadway at Grace Street
1955 photo - Growing Up in Chicago-Facebook
at Belmont and Wilton heading east
building to the right was razed 
for the Belmont Station renovation project
 Belmont/Clark heading east - Wm Shapotkin Collection
Belmont was converted from trolley bus to motor bus in 1973
another look of that intersection - view northwest
my personal collection
Belmont trolleybus at Belmont and Halsted Turnabout - 1961
#77 at Belmont & Southport Avenue 1968 - Ebay
photo - Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal
 apparently used from the 1940's to 60's per Ebay
photo - Ebay
The Diversey Parkway electric trolley - 1950's  
It cost 20 to 25 cents per ride
The #152 traveling west in the Ashland intersection 
next to Lake View High School
below image - Vintage CTA Bus Routes & Signs-Facebook
Intersection of Clark Street/Diversey Parkway with the
former Parkway Theater to the right
looking south 1955  - Chuckman Collection
photo - TrolleyDodger
 The #36 Broadway heading north to Devon Avenue garage
unknown date - Chicago Streetcar Group (on Facebook)
The Devon Avenue Car-barn - end of the line north
Another car-barn on Broadway and Ardmore
photo - Chicago Streetcar Group-Facebook
#36 Broadway on State Street
1950's - Cera Archives 
 Part of a longer route
below is a zoomed view
above images - Chicago Streetcar Group-Facebook 
Now take a ride in 1956 on the #36 Broadway with this link!
Clark #22 meets the Broadway #36 heading south
photo - Trolleydodger
photo - Trolleydodger
the #22 Clark to the left & the #36 Broadway to the right

Clark #22 at Belmont and Clark Street
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook contributor 
Kenneth Josephson - 1940's?
Broadway # 36 near Surf Street
photo - Trolleydodger
photos - J.J. Sedelmaier, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
heading north from Clark Street to Broadway into Lake View
passing Ricketts Restaurant and Bar
photo - Illinois Digital Archives
From the B&W photo above you can see the sign for it
1957 photo - Trolleydodger.com
and further north ....
Intersection of Diversey-Broadway-Clark - south of Diversey
Clark Street 'Green Hornet' heading south 
1948-1958 - photo via Sandy Troinello, 
The photo image above is of the #78 Montrose 
that had the first new type of trolley bus.
 heading south on Halsted Street passing Clark Street
photo - The Trolley Dodger
on Clark toward Southport Avenue
via Edward Kwiatkowski 'North Side Chicago'-Facebook

 traveling from Waveland Avenue to Halsted southbound
photo - The Trolley Dodger
1967 photo - Vanished Chicago-Facebook
When the Addison and Diversey buses 
had a direct route to the Loop - 1969
The Last Day for the Electric
The last day of electric trolley in Chicago 
On June 21, 1958 while most of us were starting another Saturday morning, Green Hornet #7213 completed her final run on the 22 Clark-Wentworth route. She clanged her bell twice and rolled quietly into the CTA barn at Seventy-Seventh-and-Vincennes, never to be seen again. The age of the electric trolley, 
let alone the streetcar had ended - video. 
Last run for the Broadway Clark rails  
My thanks to Timothy M. Szarzynski contributor to 
photos - 'Vintage CTA Bus Routes & Signs'-Facebook
Addison bus west of Sheffield 1960's - photo Ebay
waiting at Diversey & Sheridan 1978
photo via Vintage CTA Bus Routes & Signs-Facebook
#36 heading south passed the original Broadway Methodist Church 
to Buckingham Place
1970's photo - Dennis Linsky via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Streetcars at Clark/Southport
2018 Google Map of the area
photos via the Trolley Dodger

 on Southport Avenue just passing Clark Street

photo - Chicago Streetcar Group on Facebook
'Big Brill' passing Grace Street on Clark
This is the Ashland streetcar heading south of Clark Street
1947 photo - thetrolleydodger
heading east on Belmont from Clark Street
#22 Clark & #9 Ashland at Southport & Clark
photo - Trolley Dodger
Join the conversation on this one!
1950ish Southport & Clark Street looking south
west from Graceland Cemetery
The Struggle to Reinstate the Lincoln
photo - Ebay
image above - CTA
vs the new route

*This bus service ended in 2012 due to reshuffling of CTA resources but after some political battles and with the alderman's full support temporary service returned in 2016 with a full year extension to a existing pilot program. The struggle now in 2016 is not only to have this service fully reinstated but during its pilot program have the hours of service expanded. This bus service cuts through the middle of Lake View and in my humble opinion the service to the community of Lake View along with its unique connection to other neighborhoods 
should be fully reinstated along with extended hours of service. 
The Defunct Roscoe Route
referred to as the Riverview branch
image above - CTA video clip
 image below - Chicago Railfan
 to Riverview Park
postcard below is from my personal collection
historical routes from Chicago Railfan
Discontinued in 2018
74 Fullerton*
Before the annexation of 1889 the City of Lake View 
and the City of Chicago shared this street
76 Diversey
77 Belmont
78 Montrose
80 Irving Park
134 Stockton/LaSalle Express
135 Lake Shore Drive Express 
145 Lake Shore Drive Express*
discontinued in 2012
146 Lake Shore Drive Express
148 Clarendon/Michigan Express
151 Sheridan
image - Chicago Motor Coach Company by John F Doyle
additionally ...
  152 Addison 
156 LaSalle
The Public Elevated Transport Lines:
This tentacle-like rail company built both the surface and elevated lines within and throughout the Chicagoland area.
The only location that these two types of lines converged within old Lake View was on Wilson and Broadway Avenues.
1913 North Western Rail Company map
image - Chicago L-org.
The North Western Railway 'EL' was one of five companies that owned and operated both the surface and elevated rail systems until all the companies were sorta consolidated to the Chicago Elevated Railways Collateral Trust that was established by 1913. CTA was not established until 1947.
Map shows the elevated North Western Company rail lines  1914. Damen Avenue was once called Robey Avenue.
The A/B Network in 1970
image - part of my collection
 images - York M Chan via LakeView Historical-Facebook
Michael Steigerwald via Chicago Rapid Transit-Facebook
(click article to enlarge)
The Belmont station opened 1900 as part of the original stretch of the North Western Elevated Line. 
1907 view - Wikipedia
with a flash-forward view of the passenger bridge prior
to the renovation

1930's photos
 J.J. Sedelmaier via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
photo - CTA calendar
1940 photo - Scott Greig vi Chicago Elevated-Facebook 
Leaving the Belmont Station 1950's
on Roscoe view east towards Sheffield
information of this 1960's photo provided by the friends of LakeView Historical-Facebook

photo & text - CTA 2018 calendar
1960 photo - CTA RPM/Facebook
1964 - Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
 GE Reports photo 
via Jeff Nichols-Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
with an advertisement that highlights this dealership from the platform via David Zornig, same source

via George Kelly Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
another 1964 view with a watermark - Ebay
via Cinema Treasures of all places
photo - bcoolidge.com 1968 via Marc Gelfond 
6000's series B train - Chuckman Collection
1968 photo - William Shapotkin via Chicago L-Facebook
view south 1969 - Calumet 412
another view south 1969 - Ebay
Heading toward the platform 1969 - Ebay
late 50's or early 60's photo 
via Steve Fields, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
heading north beyond Clark Street Junction with the Belmont Station overpass in the distance in 1968
photo via Marty Bernard, Chicago L-Facebook
photographed by Roger Puta
and a snowy day in 1969 view south ...
Rose Daniella Marie via Original Chicago-Facebook 
Lou Gerard Chicago L-Facebook in 1970
thistrain car was called a 'motor car'
the Clark Street Junction Tower in the distance

1975 - Chuckman Collection
photo - CTA calendar
Marty Bernard‎ 1972 via Chicago Rapid Transit, Chicago Transit Authority, Elevated Trains Group
The Pedestrian Bridge Views
1972 photo - JJ Sedelmaier
Lou Gerad via Chicago L-Facebook
photo - JJ Sedelmaier
part is his personal collection hanging on his wall
Photos above from a blog called 'New Daves Real'
1968 photo - Mike Tuggle Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
The view is northbound
1968 photo - Ebay
1973 photo - Lou Gerard via Chicago L-Facebook
1977 photo - Frank Florianz Chicago L via Facebook 
1978 Chuckman Collection
Mike Tuggle - CTA 6000 series 1980's
via Forgotten Chicago Discussion Group
photo - Lou Gerard 
via Chicago Rapid Transit Elevated Trains Group
1978 per Ebay
Ravenswood (Brown) train at station - 1979 Calumet 412 
1979 press photo - Ebay
1979 photo - Authur Lazar Photography
a Ravenswood train heading north in 1983 - Ebay
film plate photo - peter ehlich
heading south to the station in 1986
View east from platform - 2000
 University of Illinois at Chicago, City 2000
zoomed out view
a pre-1992 photo from
University of Illinois-Urbana/Chicago
  University of Illinois at Chicago, City 2000
zoomed out view 
University of Illinois at Chicago, City 2000
zoomed view
a 2000 modeling photo showing stairs to over-train bridge 
to the other side
UIC photo via Explore Chicago Collection
2001 photo - 'Chicago-L'
2004 photo view north - Chicago Trip
before the renovation of 2007 - 2009
photo - Yo Chicagobefore the station renovation
begin 37 minutes 30 seconds 
The original station was moved across the street during when the Brownline was renovated - photographer view 1989.
on the platform in 2000
photo - UIC via Explore Chicago Collection
 2010 photo - Tom Tunney-Facebook
2010 photo - Tom Tunney-Facebook
mosaic artist for the renovated station - David Lee Csicsko
2010 photo - Tom Tunney-Facebook
2013 photo - Streetsblog Chicago
begin at 37 minutes 30 seconds 
2021 photo below - Greg Baird
above image - Ebay
Chicago's Classic Signs & Symbols-Facebook
This station from 1949 - mid 1990's was a B station that allowed A trains to bypass it to the next A designated station
 LakeView's Addison Station - 1989 
and reconstructed by 1994
This was the path of the initial section of the Northwestern Elevated Railroad, from Lake and Wells Streets to Broadway and Wilson was cleared in 1895. The installation of the steel  began in 1896. In 1907, Belmont station achieved an importance status, becoming not only a transfer station between expresses and locals but between main line trains to Wilson station and trains to the new Ravenswood branch.  Service began on May 18, 1907, the Ravenswood branch leaves the North Side Main Line just north of Belmont station, making Belmont the first (or last, depending on direction) stop shared by the two services.
a transit poster advertising the station and its relationship with Wrigley Field and the Chicago Bears in 1929
1960s photos - Scott Greig via Chicago L-Facebook
unknown date
1966 photo - Jeffery Lindmark via Chicago L -Facebook
1974 photo - William Shapokin via Chicago L -Facebook
via Billy Kapp, Chicagopedia-Facebook 
the photographer was Billy's father - late 1960's
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
photo - Wikipedia
still ground zero of public transit for the games
2015 photo - CTA
below photo Christopher Rinker via Chicago L-Facebook
a vintage train taking fans to the 2016 World Series
switching tower & platform at Clark just south of Roscoe
1923 Sanborn Fire Map of the area - edited
highlights the station house and tower
According to Chicago L.org the CTA established massive changes to the north-south Howard route in 1949, three years after the establishment of the Chicago Transit Authority as the replacement to the Chicago Rapid System
 1972 by Marty Bernard, Chicago Rapid Transit, 
Chicago Transit Authority, Elevated Trains Group
William Shapotkin Collection via Chicago L-Facebook
The concept of "local" stations, of which Clark's low usage was only suited, was not a part of the A/B skip stop concept and the station was closed, serving 357,348 in its last year of operation and say bye bye to the old junction & tower...
This project was planned to streamline the cross-over from the Belmont Station to the other stations 
along the Brownline (Ravenswood). 
But First ...
May, 1903 - A franchise is presented to the city council to build an extension of the Northwestern's tracks to serve the Ravenswood neighborhood. In light of the counsel's poor relationship with the Northwestern concerning franchises, they were in no hurry to approve it.

January, 1905 - The city council approves the Ravenswood franchise.

1906 - The Northwestern contracts with L.E. Meyers Co. to build the elevated structure between Clark Street (where it leaves the mainline) and Campbell Avenue (just beyond Western Avenue), as well as a surface extension to the terminal at Kimball and Lawrence Avenues.

May 18, 1907 - Ravenswood service is inaugurated to Western Avenue.

July 1, 1907 - Chicago follows Evanston's lead, authorizing electrification of the St. Paul's tracks from Graceland Avenue (later Irving Park Road) to Howard, but does not require the tracks to be elevated. A city ordinance did, however, prohibit the use of a third rail on surface-level tracks (even though it was used in just such a situation elsewhere in the city). As part of the agreement, the Northwestern had to provide 24-hour service to the Loop from all St. Paul stops, plus Hayes (later Loyola) and Howard. In exchange, the city would waive payment of a penalty owed by the Northwestern for not reaching the city limit by 1903, as per their original franchise.

December 14, 1907 - Ravenswood service is extended to the Kimball terminal.

Read and view more photos from my post 
Approved for Funding 2017

image - ChiGov
In November 2016, the Chicago City Council approved the creation of a dedicated Tax-Increment Financing District (TIF) that will generate $622 million to support the first phase of RPM according to the CTA. Securing the local funding was a critical step that paved the way to accessing $1 Billion in Federal funding.
The first phase of RPM will rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr rail stations and more than a mile of adjacent tracks and track structure. It will also construct a Red-Purple bypass to improve overall service that will benefit the entire Red Line by improving reliability and increasing capacity so that more trains can be added to alleviate chronic overcrowding during peak travel times. DNAinfo reports that the several year project includes plans to rebuild the 100-year-old embankment that supports the track between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr avenues, making it possible for six to eight more trains per hour to travel from Howard to 95th streets on the Red Line. There is no date set for the bypass.
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
To increase traffic flow the junction of the two lines will be replaced.
These maps show the junction. The Clark Street station was closed but unsure when.
zoomed below
zoomed further
with a Google 2016 view now a maintaince building
Construction Began in 2016
(more on this project called North Side Transport in more detail)
photos below- Hawthorne Neighbors-Facebook
along Wilton Avenue 
to be completed the Autumn of 2021
while the entire RPM project to be complete by 2025
Grace Street Station
a 1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map above
 a zoomed view below
and another ...
Grace Street Station survived the CTA's 1947 takeover, but was one of 23 stations that closed along the North-South Route service revision in August 1, 1949. The concept of "local" stations, of which Grace's low usage was only suited, was not a part of the A/B skip stop concept so this the station was closed. 
Sheridan Station

unknown date
2019 photo - Garry Albrecht
this is the intersection where the 'road' is routed 
from west to north. The station is a block away.
(south is Sheffield Avenue and west is Byron)

1902 photo - Jeff Nichols via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
along with an interesting fact about the route by WBEZ
"In 1930 the interior of the station constructed in smooth stone with a spacious fare control area, with terrazzo flooring and "art marble" and plaster walls. On the street elevation, two retail spaces were provided on either side of the entrance."
 When the North Shore Line was routed
 along the old Howard Line, now the Redline
unknown date photo - Scott Greig via Chicago L-Facebook
Chicago North Shore train passes the station in 1955 
1973 photo - Lou Gerard via Chicago L-Facebook
1973 photo - Lou Gerard via Chicago L-Facebook 
both photos above are of the Evanston Express
1975 photo - UIC via Explore Chicago Collection
view north on Sheridan Road and Sheridan Road
Heading north with no New York skyscraper in the distance
1978 by Marty Bernard Chicago Rapid Transit, 
Chicago Transit Authority, Elevated Trains Group
1980 photo - Dale Wickum via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Steve McQueen 
in the 1980 movie called The Hunter
taking the turn from the station above Byron Street
Dale Wickum via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 1983
It has really not changed one bit!
photo - flickerhivemind

the original stairs still used 2016
2016 photos - Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Lou Gerad via Chicago L-Facebook in 2016 World Series
with the New York skyscraper in the distance
photo - Flickr Hive Mind
photo - Flickr Hive Mind
In later years, an enclosed concession space was added in the unpaid area of the interior along the north wall. Over the years, Sheridan has remained somewhat historically intact, with its original floors, wood moldings, and decorative ticket booth. Other features, however, such as the original exterior gloved lights and some ornamentation has been lost. 
The terrazzo floor has also become deteriorated over the decades due to flooding from busted pipes.
 photo - Travis DeWit website
2012  The Sheridan Station renovation has been scheduled as part of a $1 billion overhaul that includes federal, state and local funding sources for the Red Line from its northern end on Howard to the 95th Street station. Still waiting as of 2021.
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
Photography by Chris Cullen 2020
one of the last non-rehabbed stations

The Brown (Ravenswood) Line
once know simply as the ...

 the old Ravenswood L near Lincoln & Newport Avenue
1906 photo - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection
 the old Ravenswood L near Lincoln & Newport Avenue
1906 photo - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection
the old Ravenswood L near Lincoln & Newport Avenue
1906 photo - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection
There are only 3 non-switching stations that are actually in the neighborhood of Lake View. Besides Belmont Station (redline/brownline) they are the Southport, Paulina, and the Addison stations. The Irving Park station is actually located north of Irving Park Road - the northern border of the neighborhood. The others listed in this segment are geographically located in the neighborhood of the North Central - just west of east Ravenswood Avenue which is the western border of the neighborhood. Take a ride on the Ravenswood during the 1970's with this link.
Express or Local Signs
images - J.J. Sedelmaier

interior view of a Ravenswood car
1957 photo - Chuckman Collection
Making the split from Belmont Station - 1950's?
photo as of 1970
Wellington station opened on May 31, 1900 as part of the original stretch of the Northwestern Elevated. The station-house was one of several stations built designed by William Gibb on what is now the Brown Line. Constructed entirely of brick with terra-cotta trim, the Classical Revival Design was inspired by the work of the great 16th century Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
heading north leaving the Wellington Station in 1968
photo via Marty Bernard, Chicago L-Facebook
photographed by Roger Puta

south & north views - unknown date
Marty Bernard via Chicago Rapid Transit, Chicago Transit Authority, Elevated Trains Group (on Facebook)
The 1978 photo shows the B train to Jackson Park 
& another B train Ravenswood.
1982 photo - Lou Gerard via Chicago L-Facebook
below photo - University of Illinois-Chicago; City 2000 
zoomed view in 2009. 
The new station opened after a 16 month renovation.
"The Diversey 'headhouse' was one of several stations built from a design by William Gibb. The station was constructed entirely of brick with terra-cotta trim, the Classical Revival design was inspired by the work of the great 16th century Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. The bold modeling of the details, especially the columns and segmented arched windows, is characteristic of Italianate work of the late 19th century." - Chicago L. org
view east of platform
University of Illinois-Chicago, City 2000
Photos below from Amanda Martinez 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
Preservation of the interior as of 2017

image - Nile Guide
pre 2007 photo -mark2400 via flickr
late 1990's photo - Eric E. Breese 
from LakeView Historical-Facebook
According to Eric the following business along 
Southport Avenue were the following: "The business on the left from Newport headed south to Roscoe are: Brandt-Beach Realty, Viennese Cafe Haus Brandt, The Red Tomato, CTA Southport Station, and Southport Mini Mart (a laundromat)."
2014 view from platform
under tracks toward station
photo - Lauren Sease Martinez via Pinterest
with a zoomed view below
when this station was a B station 1961
David Harrison via Chicago L-Facebook 
Lincoln, Roscoe, Paulina intersection
1987 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
Paulina Station House
1987 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
The original Paulina Station House
2009 new station house was built across the street from the site of the old stationhouse.
pre 2007 photo - Wash Burn Architecture
post 2008 photo - Mark2400 via Flickriver
Lincoln, Roscoe, Paulina intersection
1987 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
Paulina Station House
1987 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
The original Paulina Station House
new station house was built in 2009 across the street from the site of the old station house.
pre 2007 photo - Wash Burn Architecture
post 2008 photo - Mark2400 via Flickriver
photo - Mark Levin via LakeView Historical-Facebook
The yellow circle indicates its P for Paulina
Lou Gerad via Chicago L-Facebook in 1981
William Shapotkin via Chicago L-Facebook 1994
view south from platform toward Lincoln Avenue
2018 photo - Garry Albrecht
 This station now has its own Facebook presence!
The Mural in this Station
2018 photos - Garry Albrecht

Actually on the other side of the Ravenswood tracks 
in neighborhood of North Central 
as of 2003 with its original station house 1906 design
2004 rendition of the new station
Actually on the west side of the RR tracks 
just north of Montrose
in neighborhood of North Central 
This station survived the CTA's 1947 takeover, but was one of 23 stations closed in their North-South Route service revision August 1, 1949. This station like many north-side stations were part of the old North Western elevated that was built shortly after the turn of the 20 century. The very 'local' station, of which Ravenswood's low usage was only suited, was not a part of the A/B skip stop system CTA concept, hence the station closed.
Irving Park
Actually on the other side of the Ravenswood tracks 
in neighborhood of North Central 
2016 Google map
and below in 1954
below from 1992 by Leo Gerard, Chicago L-Facebook
Actually on the other side of the Ravenswood tracks 
in neighborhood of North Central 
photos before 2006 - Chicago L.org
an express from the Loop to Evanston
The Belmont Station is the only connection 
to this line in Lake View
An Old Power Station Converted
The Newport Avenue Sub-Station
once for the electric streetcars & trolleys
photo - William Vandervoort, 
contributor to Forgotten Chicago on Facebook 
Located on the northeast corner of Newport & Seminary
image - 1950 Sanborn Fire Map edit
A power station that funneled electricity to the rails of old Lake View streetcars & trolleys is still located at 1044 Newport Avenue. This old sub-station as of 2015 will be part of planned development per Chicago Real Estate Daily.
the newer look below - DNAinfo
The Evanston Branch of
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad  
(originally called Evanston, Chicago & Lake Superior)
The Chicago, Evanston & Lake Superior RR was established  in 1861 according to the Edgewater Historical Society - five years after Lake View was established as a township. 
In 1885 this RR merged with the CM&P. 
The Evanston branch of this RR were mostly used for the transportation of freight; short distances within the Chicagoland area as early as 1885 that was once routed through the Township/City of Lake View; after annexation from the City of Chicago to the Township/City of Evanston.
image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
Let's begin this journey from Irving Park Road that separates the neighborhoods of Uptown with Lake View to the former border of Fullerton Avenue that once separated the Township/City of Lake View and the City of Chicago. The Sanborn Fire Maps presented are from 1923 even though the Chicago & Evanston RR tracks date back to 1885 when Lake View was a township. Viewing a 1887 map of the township of Lake View very little development was indicated; by 1923 a number of companies were established on either side of the tracks. Using a Google Earth or an interactive blogger site called Forgotten Railways,Roads & Places dated 2018 residential buildings are dotted like a snake along the old tracks between Belmont and Addison forever indicating a strange configuration to modern day Lake View.
1887 map view of the RR with a zoomed view below
1894 view in sections
Addison to Irving Park Road
Belmont to Addison
Diversey to Belmont
Fullerton to Diversey
(prior to 1889 Fullerton was the southern border of the township)
”Chicago is the most important railroad center in North America. More lines of track radiate in more directions from Chicago than from any other city. Chicago has long been the most important interchange point for freight traffic between the nation's major railroads.” - Encyclopedia of Chicago 
One such railroad was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company - Evanston Branch that had its beginnings in 1872 twenty-eight years before commuter elevated tracks were built by the North Western Company (Redline and Brownline). The CM&P delivered freight to and from Chicago manufacturers that once included Lake View. Lake View in the 19th and mid-20th centuries was referred to as a blue collar manufacturing area that included coal yards, metal works, lumber yards, greenhouses and a well-known Chicago brewery as well as candy companies.
A Summary of RR's Demise
image - Flickr
We Begin the Journey at 
Irving Park Road Southward
 The Northwestern once owned the ground and 
elevated tracks in old Lake View
the tracks run west of Alta Vista

tracks run straight down Seminary Avenue

tracks begin to curve off west at Addison
This is the area of the tracks that begin to get interesting as it appears to slice its way through the neighborhood. Seminary Avenue between Addison and Waveland non-existent 
after for Wrigley Field renovations. 
2002 photo- Chicago Switching

unknown year photo - from Railroads Chicago Style 
Notice a RR watch tower that was once located at the intersection of west of Seminary, Clark, and Addison Street.
“Through a turn-of-the-century acquisition, the Chicago, Evanston & Lake Superior became part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, the rail company that sold the land just west of Wrigley to Tribune Co. Hoyle acknowledged that the city is "convinced that Tribune purchased from the railroad and the railroad purchased it from a private party" at some point in history. But that does not mean that anyone had the right to sell what may have been public land, she said.” - Read more from above link
(the curve of the tracks contnue to Belmont)
The most notable evidence in 2018 are these Google Map views on Eddy just west of Clark Street
 view south on Eddy 
and below view north on Eddy
 The tracks sliced through the middle of the street blocks.
Dwellings of all sorts surrounded the tracks 
by mid 20th century
Some Interesting Photos of What Was 
and How the RR Sliced through this Section
of Lake View
with my confirmation of the location of this photo below
a Google Earth view with my edited markings of the RR route
from Racine to Wrigley Field - Addison/Clark streets
and the XX's mark below confirms the validity of the photo above
zoomed further below - X marks the spot
early views below
and the view of it in 1907 below
above image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
the curve of the tracks begin to straighten out 
in a line south on Lakewood

From Belmont Avenue southward the tracks begin to route in a straight path down Lakewood Avenue
tracks begin to run along on Lakewood Avenue south
 2013 photo - Garry Albrecht 
 Signal crossing on Belmont/Lakewood 
1985 photo - Tom Burke 
and below a 2018 Google view of the same intersection
View on Belmont Avenue where the tracks 
began to route northeast for some reason
the photo below shows the tracks just south of Belmont. 
The track to the left probably heading to a plant and 
the one on the right was the main line
Crossing the Street at Belmont
view is east toward Lakewood
above images via Flickr
 images via Flickr
Best Brewing Company 
was along this route on Fletcher
 photo - Layman Guide to Beer
 photo - Garry Albrecht
 photo - Garry Albrecht
The Best Brewing Company of Chicago was located along the CM&P so to economically transport their product to market. The building was originally owned by breweries Klockgeter & Company in 1885 and then Kagebein & Folstaff one year later. The buildings occupants were many but all related to brewing beer. Their beer products of this company were the ‘Hapsburg Bock’ (1933 – 1962), ‘Hapsburg Beer’ (1933 - 1962), and ‘Best Ale’ (1937 – 1962). Currently, the building is listed in the National Register of Historical Places in 1987 and used for residential space. Most of the buildings of the former manufacturing area are physically gone but not completely forgotten thanks to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (like type of Google maps of its day) that were created in the 19th century for property insurance, fire protection, and street & sanitation concerns.
*Lakewood has a tree and shrub barrier at this point*
2014 photo - Garry Albrecht
the organic barrier below on Barry
2014 photos - Garry Albrecht
View north of the barrier in the distance on Barry Avenue 
The crumbling of the street due to the covering of the tracks which should have been removed but less costly
 images via Flickr
 Imagine a tanker running down your street!!
1980 vs 2018 on Lakewood at Wellington
a straight line down Lakewood toward Lincoln Avenue
Tracks begin to appear as late as 2012
- view north and south on Diversey Parkway 
2014 photos - Garry Albrecht
2014 photo - Garry Albrecht
Leaving the Community of Lake View 
apparently the tracks connected to Union Station
C&E heading towards Peerless Confection - 2000
photo - Chicago Switching
The most remembered company along its route was
Peerless Candies once located at Lakewood & Schubert in Lincoln Park- closed in 2007 along with Finkl Steel once located 
further south - moved to the south-side. 

images above - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson 
The most noticeable segment of the old tracks 
as of 2015 are at 1310 W Webster in Lincoln Park
photo - unknown source
A Replica of the RR Remains
northeast corner of Schubert & Lakewood
RR sign - two angles of it
2020 Google view
Readlook, and view more about the Evanston Branch that linked downtown Chicago with the Township of Evanston that was sliced geographical though old Lake View.
Below is a excerpt from a article about the 'Lakewood Corridor' in
The Reader by Philip Berger in 2020
The Stations of 
- Evanston Branch
once called the Chicago Evanston & Lake Superior Railroad per this 1887 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
'From 1885 to 1908, the Milwaukee Road operated commuter trains between Chicago and Evanston. In 1908 this operation was replaced by elevated trains, which evolved to the CTA's Red Line and Purple Line. The line north of Wilson Ave. was elevated and upgraded to today's rapid transit line. While between downtown Chicago and Wilson Ave., commuter trains operated until 1917. That line was subsequently downgraded and eventually abandoned.'
Some of the Stations
Fullerton Ave. - a station building existed on the north side of Fullerton Avenue near Lakewood Avenue, on the east side of the tracks.
Lincoln Ave. - a station building existed a short distance south of the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, George St., and Lakewood Ave. on the east side of the tracks.
Belmont Ave. - a station building existed on the north side of Belmont Avenue near Lakewood Avenue, on the east side of the tracks.
Addison St. - a station building existed on the south side of Addison Street west of Clark Street, on the east side of the tracks. Immediately north of there, the railroad passed what would be the west side of Wrigley Field.
Verona - a station building existed on the north side of Byron Avenue at Seminary Avenue, on the east side of the tracks. 
Graceland/Buena Park - a station house existed at Buena Avenue & about Kenmore Avenue before its demo. The building below appears to be once a house then a station house for freight.
photo below- Pinterest
Ravenswood - once served the Community of Ravenswood located north of Sunnyside & south of Wilson Avenue. The Community of Ravenswood was once an important area of the former township/city of Lake View
View this 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map below ...
from Montrose to Wilson
the statioin was more near Wilson
zoomed view of the station
(murals, structures, and glass)

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