Grand Avenue (Chicago)

Grand Avenue
DuPage County Route 20 IL.svg
(530 North/500 North)
Maintained byChicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, various local agencies
Length19 mi[1] (31 km)
LocationFranklin Park, IL, Chicago
Coordinates41°53′30″N 87°37′41″W / 41°53′30″N 87°37′41″W / 41.89166; -87.62807 / Kingery Highway in Addison
East endNavy Pier in Chicago

Grand Avenue is a major east-west street in the city of Chicago and nearby DuPage County, although it deviates somewhat from Chicago's grid system, as it is diagonal west of Western Avenue. The street runs from the Kingery Highway (also known as U.S. Route 20 and Illinois Route 83) in Addison, east through the western suburbs, and then east-southeast into Chicago, through the Magnificent Mile shopping area, and continuing out to Navy Pier, where it ends. This is a distance of about 19 miles (31 km).[1]

History

Grand Avenue was originally known as Whiskey Point Road,[2] first used as a trail by the Miami, Illini and many other Native Nations, it leads to the West Side of Chicago, near Western Avenue.[3] On the Near North Side it was called Indiana Street. Thomas Jefferson Vance Owen, Chicago's first town president, is believed to have named it in 1833 after naming Chicago, "a grand place to live."[4]

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