Category: Old Addresses

The Old Streets of Chicago

The Old Streets of Chicago
Before the 1909 address system was implemented, Chicago’s layout was pretty confusing. Although the city was generally built as a grid, the original address system was inconsistent and many of the same streets would go under different names depending on their location in the city. Over time, these extra street names were eliminated to avoid... Read more »

The Old Addresses of Chicago

The Old Addresses of Chicago
Chicagoans: The next time you give directions to your friends, you can thank this guy – Edward Brennan – for making it a little bit easier. Before 1909, addresses were generally designated by the branches of the Chicago River. Although it was simple, since the river doesn’t flow in a straight line, it would easily... Read more »
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