The history of Uptown streets

By Patrick Erwin, editor-in-chief

The Chicago History Museum has compiled a list of street names in Chicago, and the history they’re researched about those names.

Some of the Uptown street names include:

Argyle: Named after England’s second Duke of Argyle.

Broadway: Originally called Evanston Avenue, the street was renamed Broadway in 1913 after Broadway in New York City.

Carmen: Named after the heroine in Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Leland: Named after Cyrus Leland, a member of the Ravenswood Land Company.

Sunnyside: Named after The Sunnyside Hotel, located farther west near Ravenswood/North Center.

Wilson: Named after lawyer John P. Wilson, who was one of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s initial benefactors.

You can see the whole list here


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