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Madison Street (Chicago)

Madison Street is a major east–west street in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to human intervention, the Chicago River emptied into Lake Michigan at the present day intersection of Madison Street and Michigan Avenue.[1]

Madison Street
0 North/South
James Madison Street
LocationChicago
West endIllinois 53.svg Columbine Avenue Lombard, Illinois
East endMichigan Avenue (100 E) Chicago
Madison Street and State Street, the intersection from which Chicago's numbering system is based.

Per a 1908 decision by Chicago's city council, Madison serves as the north–south dividing line for Chicago's street numbering system, while State Street serves as the east–west line.[2] At one point, the intersection between the two streets was considered the "world's busiest corner."[3]

Chicago - State Street at Madison Street, 1897

Notable buildings located along Madison Street include the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building,[4] Chase Tower, Three First National Plaza, the Chicago Civic Opera House, Citigroup Center and the United Center.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Libby Hill (2000). The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History. Lake Claremont Press. pp. 32, 69–75. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  2. ^ Street Naming. Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  3. ^ Street Life. Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  4. ^ East Madison Street. Emporis. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  5. ^ West Madison Street. Emporis. Retrieved 14 October 2007.

Coordinates: 41°52′55.3″N 87°37′40.1″W / 41.882028°N 87.627806°W / 41.882028; -87.627806