Ask ChicagoNow: What is the toughest Chicago street name to pronounce?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the toughest Chicago street name to pronounce?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is the toughest Chicago street name to pronounce?

“Goe-the, hands down! Somewhere, ol’ “Geerta” is spinning. I remember the first time I heard it called out on the 151, I nearly fell off my seat (Suburban Girl In The City Syndrome).” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“Honore.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Agatite…hard or soft ‘g’?” — Melissa Bulicek, Oh, Life!

“I relied on the CTA for the pronunciation of Goethe.” — Kelley Farrell, The Canny Nanny

“As delicious as Andy Garcia looked in the 1987 Untouchables movie, I can never forgive him for pronouncing Racine as ‘RAH-seen.’ Mind you, he was under duress and giving instructions on the phone. But still….. I’ve always heard people say ‘Ray-SEEN.’ Is it just ME (and everybody I know)?” — Erica Myles, The Urban Landlady

“Throop and Mies van der rohe. Thanks CTA. Menomonee is another one. A classmate of mine who went to Lincoln Park High School lived on that street. I can pronounce it now but it was a tongue twister back then.” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“Goethe because no one pronounces it correctly.” — Alan Rubenstein, Chicago Sportist

“Goethe, which is not pronounced the same way by any two human beings on earth.” — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“We are moving to Edison Park. I nominate that neighborhood as having the most hard-to-pronounce street names in Chicago. The fact that few Chicagoans ever visit that farthest northwest section makes it that much more difficult because I’ve never actually heard anyone say these names. Okay, you have Goethe in the Gold Coast, but I propose that since you can pronounce that street any way you want and still be considered either correct or incorrect, it’s disqualified. A friend used to live next door to Hugh Hefner on State Parkway. He was in a cab going home and told the driver ‘State and Goo-ta.’ ‘Excuse me?’ said the cabbie. My friend altered his pronunciation slightly. ‘State and Gurta.’ The driver replied: ‘Uh, sir, can you spell it for me?’ He spelled it. ‘Oh! You mean GO-sthee! Got it!’ Anyway, up in the land of ‘O streets,’ I still have yet to pronounce Ozanam, Osceola, Onarga, or Oconto correctly.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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