Re: 1700 South in Berwyn and Cicero
Date: December 31, 2011 08:05AM
If you look at a map of Chicago, there are actally three streets missing - 17th St, 20th St, and 29th St.
If you measure the distance between Roosevelt Road and Cermak Road, it is exactly one mile. However, according to the addresses, Roosevelt is at 1200 S, while Cermak is at 2200 S. The two streets (17th and 20th) might have been dropped to accomodate the fact that that even though there are "ten blocks" between Roosevelt and Cermak, that it actually indeed is only a mile. Thus, there are 8 sets of block address points between the streets.
Likewise, the distance between Cermak and 31st Street is one mile, though according to the Chicago address system, is "9 blocks." By dropping 29th St, there are exactly 8 blocks of address points between Cermak and 31st St.
(This has always been my guess as to why, though I've never been able to find a credible source with a reason.)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/31/2011 08:13AM by mkonko13.