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Logan Square Then and Now, Historic Photos and Today's Pics

By Darryl Holliday | August 10, 2015 5:59am

LOGAN SQUARE — Think you know Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square? Try recognizing these neighborhood photos of the bustling street — from as early as the 1900s — as they are today.

Photos in this three-part Then and Now series center along the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor in Logan Square from California to Diversey avenues.

Many of the historic photos seen below were collected through efforts of Logan Square Preservation, the Northwest Side Historical Society, the Chicago Transit Authority and other online collections. In many cases the original photographer or collector is unknown.

Use the slider to see how the neighborhood has changed over the years.

The Illinois Centennial Monument was built in 1918 at Logan Square's commercial center and recently was slated for repair after several groups, bars and restaurants came together to sell vintage posters of the monument and sell Revolution Brewery's Monument Ale, created specifically to raise money for its upkeep. (All 2015 photos by Darryl Holliday)

The Logan Theater was formerly the Paramount Theater, according to this photo from the early 1900s.

The Harding Theater was eventually demolished, giving way to a supermarket on the 2700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. The Harding Tavern was opened last year.

The California Blue Line is seen here over the course of nearly 60 years.

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