Streets of Chicago: Midway Plaisance

Midway Plasance Source: National Map

Chicago has its share of unusual street names. For example, nobody quite knows what Agatite Avenue means. The origins and history of the name Midway Plaisance are also more mysterious than commonly assumed. It is the name of both a street and the park contained within the street’s northern and southern branches. According to the […]

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Lake Shore Drive

North Lake Shore Drive from Hancock Building, 2014. Photo credit: Romanbeod Flckr

Lake Shore Drive is a choice, if not particularly exclusive, street. According to the U.S. Census, more than 10,000 of the Near North Side’s 80,000 residents live within a block west of Lake Shore Drive. Another 774 live in Lake Point Tower at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive (the only odd numbered address and the […]

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Everybody Loves State Street

Street Scene

State Street is celebrated in song—Frank Sinatra croons, “State Street, that great street” in the song "Chicago." Blues master Jimmy Yancey performed the "State Street Special." Although unnamed on the original plat map, State Street formed the eastern boundary of Chicago when the town was incorporated in 1833. The street originally was an Indian trail going […]

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Wentworth Avenue 街決永


Chicago’s Wentworth Avenue runs south from 16th Street all of the way to the far southern suburbs. It is one of several south side streets that do not continue to the Loop. Wentworth is mostly in line with Wells Street in the Loop, but Wells Street continues south, jogs a bit and runs parallel to […]

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26th Street: Not just a Street, but a Neighborhood

Picture of arch

Although 26th Street runs from Lake Michigan to Twenty-Sixth Street Woods in west suburban Broadview, a mention of 26th Street usually means the neighborhood around 26th Street between California Avenue and Chicago’s western city limit. This neighborhood is known as Little Village, or La Villita (the Spanish equivalent) by people who live there. Officially this […]

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Rush Street: The Place to be in 1950

Rush Street Sign

Rush Street is a narrow street stretching from the Chicago River (400 North) to Cedar Street (1138 North). Rush was named after Dr. Benjamin Rush, a famous Revolutionary War doctor. In the mid-twentieth century, Rush Street meant nightclubs. Chicago: Confidential! describes Rush Street in 1950: East of Clark Street is Rush Street. Clark gets the […]

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Streets of Chicago: Western Avenue

Western Avenue is famous as Chicago’s longest street. It runs 24 miles between Howard Street, Chicago’s northern boundary and the southern city limits at 119th Street. Western continues south of the city, with a few gaps, another 26 miles to the Will/Kankakee County line where it ends at a corn field. Some Chicagoans will tell […]

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Chicago’s La Salle Street

Narrow Street

People in the financial industries often refer to New York as Wall Street, London as the City and Tokyo as Kabuto-cho, all microscopic portions of large cities. Chicago is known as La Salle Street. For the financial world, La Salle Street is a narrow urban canyon stretching the three blocks from Madison to Jackson Street. […]

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Chicago’s Historic Streets

Bus with bright red light on nose

Chicago in 4D and I are starting a series of posts highlighting Chicago's historic and interesting streets. My previous posts about streets include: Technology that Changed Chicago: Artesian Wells (Artesian Avenue) What happened to Tyler Street?  (and other streets named after presidents) Technology that Changed Chicago: Alleys Technology that Changed Chicago: Subdivisions (how streets are laid […]

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Daylight Saving Time in Chicago

Man and teddy bear seting clocks

Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes the official time. The result is we wake up an hour earlier during the summer months. As an illustration, without DST, sunrise this June 19 would be at 4:15 a.m. in Chicago and sunset at 7:29 p.m. With DST, sunrise will be at the more reasonable hour of 5:15 a.m., […]

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