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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Onion Books (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829405968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829405965
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Johnsen on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I refer to this book more than any other in my collection of Chicago books. Every time I find something new or something that I had forgotten. There is no other book like it.

Note to previous reviewers: it is unfair to criticize this book for missing some name changes. It states quite clearly, "This list of street name changes is not complete; it's a selected sample from about 1900 to the present time." And it's wrong to give a book only one star based on an appendix.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald S. Sherman on September 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This will be a fascinating book to anyone living in, or near Chicago, and who like me, is interested in the history that is all around us. There is so much of this history in the street names - people, places, stories, changing geography etc. I recommend this to any curious person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. O'Rourke on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book, detailing all known stories behind all the street names in Chicago. It is both an excellent reference and a fascinating read.

Some have criticized it's lack of information on the FORMER names of the streets listed. First, hundreds of streets were renamed in the 1910's merely to eliminate duplicates. Second, many streets were formerly named differently in several places. To burden this book with sorting it all out would diminish it's usefulness and readability.

I really hope that this book is reprinted so that others can enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Incessant Cleaner on April 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Such a shame that this book has gone out of print. It's the only one out there that lists every street name in Chicago and the origin of the name. It looks like one reviewer complained that it does not have absolutely every street name in Chicago, or it leaves out a street fact or two. While I don't know all Chicago street names to guarantee that they're all in here, I can say that it seems like every street name is found in this book. I looked up very small, remote, and obscure street names, and I was still able to find them.

The street names go alphabetical, and some street names with a significant history enjoy greater space in the book. For example, Pulaski was originally Crawford, and changed to reflect the pleas of Polish immigrants. The facts in here are fascinating, and I love telling them to my fellow citymates. The only issue I had was that the book doesn't cite any sources. Without sources, how can I trust that the author didn't just make up the origin of some street names?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan G. Esch on August 3, 2013
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I rated this book OK as I did find it interesting; however it did the contain the information I was looking for.
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