The South Side "L"
of once-upon-a-time must have been something to experience.
Service extended along five different branches, including the Stock
Yards Branch, which had a loop of its own at its end, with
multiple stations. Three of those branches are now long gone,
as the area and Chicago's economy many decades ago underwent significant
The above photo shows the "L" structure built to
accommodate four tracks. This is on the shorter
of the two remaining routes, the East 63rd-Cottage Grove Branch. Many of the
neighborhood properties along and the near the line have been
demolished -- and somewhere out there there is the prospect of future renewal.
Although much of the old "L" service south has been removed or truncated, there is also
the newer and faster Red Line, extending much further south
than the Green Line, along the Dan Ryan