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Milwaukee Avenue at Augusta Boulevard -- view northwest
The same view of Milwaukee and Augusta in 1940 (CTA photo)

How well did you find your way around 1940 Chicago?

The older photo provides a number of location clues. The construction materials laying around indicate that Milwaukee Avenue is being prepared for subway excavation — when the street is dug up, the streetcars will run on temporary tracks along the side. The cross-street has the distinctive street lights that were used only on Park District thoroughfares (Augusta Boulevard, in this instance).

All the visible buildings on the east side of Milwaukee are gone. The building on the northwest corner of Augusta remains, as does the headquarters of the Polish Roman Catholic Union on the southwest corner. The other buildings closer to the camera were razed during expressway construction in the 1950s.

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