There was a garage and the entrance was on 1217 West Albion Street, just a half block west of Sheridan Road on the south side of the street. The garage was between Albion and the CTA EL tracks. The entrance was a driveway leading to the garage. If you didn't know about this place, you couldn't find it. The building dates back to 1938. They sold gas there at one time as well. It was torn down around 1980.
1236-46 West Loyola Ave. was another garage that dated back to 1916. Right in the middle of the side street on the north side between two apartment buildings. This building was torn down around 1990.
The building still "exists" on Google Streetview. It is located at 935 W. Willow St, at the intersection of Willow and North Bissel. It is about 100 feet east of the Brown Line, about 400 yards south of the Armitage Station. The last "signed" occupant was a shop specializing in the repair and restoration of European Imported vehicles. They don't appear to be in buisness.
As a gasoline station, the would have had to have had their pumps in the public sidewalk. This would have ended long enough ago since there are no "pump scars" in the sidewalk, indicating the sidewalks were completely replaced at least once since they stopped selling gas.
Brian J. Patterson.
> The Willow Service Station was a little Texaco
> that used to be visible from the north side 'L'; I
> think it was at Willow and Bissell, neither one
> exactly an expressway.
913 W. Willow is indeed the ex-Texaco Station, as per your loopnet link. The owner who converted it into a single family residence put up privacy barracades, planted several trees, and have painted the building.
Does anyone have any historical info on 935 W. Willow?