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Streetwise Chicago: A History of Chicago Street Names

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A comprehensive dictionary of Chicago street names with short entries explaining the origin of the name, if known.
Paperback, 153 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Wild Onion Books
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Lesley
Jul 14, 2008 Lesley added it
booooooring. i got this book on my kick for chicago history. but it was dull and dry.
i mean i guess i should have expected it. most of the streets are named after obscure people or else for obvious things, like streets in other states from where the streetnamers were from.
no real juicy stories of street name-age to be found here.
sigh.

Wes
Mar 20, 2011 Wes rated it liked it
Shelves: chicago
As others have noted, mostly very dry. Use a variation of : " was named for xxxx, a developer (or daughter, or wife of a developer) in the area," for eighty percent of the entries.

But there are some historical tidbits, and a really good section on how Chicago reset its old street numbering system to the one they have today.
Tgaylord
Feb 13, 2010 Tgaylord rated it really liked it
The title pretty much says it all, and the book delivers what it says it'll deliver.

Eventually I'll get around to some fiction.
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