Quiz: Do You Know Chicago’s Streets? Part 2

Street signs at the intersection of Chicago and Michigan avenues; skyscraper rises above the signs

By popular demand, we're back with more questions about Chicago's streets. Can you impress your friends with your knowledge of Chicago geography? Take our quiz to find out. (When you're done here, check out our earlier quiz, Do You Know Chicago's Streets?)

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know the CTA?

Man stands with Red Line train in the background at Grand and State

Are you a transit maven? Find out with our quiz from bloggers Chicago in 4D and Municipal Reference Guy, who are librarians in the Municipal Reference Collection at Harold Washington Library Center.

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The New South Water Market

warehouse buildings with lines of trucks in front.

As noted in my last post, the old South Water Street Market was inefficient, lacked regulation, and hindered plans to make the city's riverfront beautiful. Shortly after the Plan of Chicago was published, the Chicago Plan Commission waged a campaign in the courts and in the media to force merchants off the street. The Commission issued publications like […]

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South Water Street Market

Carts horses and vegetables pack the street.

The fruit and vegetable trade in Chicago may not have been lauded in poems -- Carl Sandburg called Chicago the "hog-butcher for the world" not the "pumpkin-supplier" -- But, the produce trade of the South Water Street Market was, and still is, an important center of agricultural trade and commerce. According to a history of The South Water Street Market by […]

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Maxwell Street Market Today

people walking in front of colorful signs

In my last post, we learned about the history and economic heart of the Maxwell Street Market. As a business area that served many of the cities’ marginalized populations, Maxwell Street Market became culturally significant too. Street musicians and buskers developed their own take on Chicago blues. You can hear this style on albums as […]

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Maxwell Street: The Market of the Third Coast

Man leaning on stand with suit jackets and pants

Chicago may not have the oldest municipal public market in the country–Pike’s Place Market in Seattle claims that title. But Chicago's Maxwell Street Market may be the most colorful. Some may argue that Maxwell Street's heyday was between the 1930s and the 1960s, the same period discussed in the One Book One Chicago selection, Thomas […]

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Winneconna Parkway: Venice in Chicago

silohetted trees and houses, with reflections in the lagoon

No need to move to Italy or California to live on a Venetian canal. You can live on Chicago’s own Winneconna Parkway. The houses surrounding Auburn Park overlook the lagoon and its beautiful stone bridges. The name Winneconna is ...possibly derived from Ween-kan-ing, Algonquin for "place where marrow is obtained,” according to one authority, in […]

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Tax Time!

Its raining pennies and an updise down umbrella wrapped in dollar bills is catching the coins

Yes, tax season is here. Or, perhaps, you prefer to think of it as refund season. In either case, here are some basic resources to help you file your income taxes this year. Federal Tax forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ remain the staples of individual income tax filing. These forms are still available at many libraries through the Tax Form […]

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Researching Chicago’s Streets Over Time

Census enumeration page showing residents for South Ann Street

As we learned in my last post, the tireless efforts of Edward Brennan simplified the street names and house numbers of Chicago. These street name and number changes cause confusion for researchers. Tracking down an address can be difficult if you do not have a modern street name. Some streets have had many name changes. Pulaski […]

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Not Lost? Thank Edward Brennan

Street signs showing the intersection of State and Madison Streets.

We owe our cohesive street naming and numbering system to Edward P. Brennan. Brennan was the chairman of the City Club of Chicago's Committee on Street Names. His vision included three changes: The house and building numbering system should tell you where you are relative to the Loop. Streets should be named the same throughout […]

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