Wells Street (Chicago)
Wells Street is a major north–south street in Chicago. It is officially designated as 200 West, and is named in honor of William Wells, a United States Army Captain who died in the Battle of Fort Dearborn. Between 1870 and 1912, it was named 5th Avenue so as not to tarnish the name of Wells during a period when the street had a bad reputation.
|William Wells Street|
|Former name(s)||5th Avenue|
|North end||Lincoln Avenue in Chicago|
|South end||West 59th Street in Chicago|
|Known for||William Wells|
Wells Street was named in Time Magazine's 1976 article "The Porno Plague".
Old Town NeighborhoodEdit
Wells Street on the north side often refers to a strip of retail shops, bars and restaurants in the Old Town neighborhood in the Near North neighborhood.
This only shows part of Wells Street between the North Side and the Loop.
|0.0||0.0||N Lincoln Avenue||Northern terminus of Wells Street|
|0.3||0.48||IL 64 (W North Avenue)||North border of the Near North neighborhood|
|0.8||1.3||W Division Street|
|1.3||2.1||W Chicago Avenue|
|1.5||2.4||W Ontario Street||To Kennedy Expressway|
|1.6||2.6||W Ohio Street|
|1.65||2.66||W Grand Avenue||Westbound road only; one-way road|
|1.7||2.7||W Illinois Street|
|1.7||2.7||W Kinzie Street||Merchandise Mart|
|1.9||3.1||Wells Street Bridge|
|2.0||3.2||W Upper Wacker Drive|
|2.1||3.4||W Randolph Street||Westbound only; one-way road|
|2.2||3.5||W Washington Street||Eastbound only; one-way road|
|2.3||3.7||W Madison Street||Westbound only; one-way road|
|2.5||4.0||W Adams Street||Westbound only; one-way road|
|2.6||4.2||W Jackson Boulevard||Eastbound only; one-way road|
To I-290 / IL 110 (CKC) west (W Ida B. Wells Drive)
|To Jane Byrne Interchange|
|2.8||4.5||W Harrison Street|
|3.2||5.1||Cul-de-sac near W Roosevelt Road||Southern terminus of Wells Street|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Hayner, Don; McNamee, Tom (1988). Streetwise Chicago : a history of Chicago street names. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-8294-0597-6.
- "Ask Chicagoist: Wells Street or 5th Avenue?".
- whitesox.com accessed 5 February 2019
- Sweeney, Brigid (2014-07-14). "Former Crate & Barrel CEO Barbara Turf dies". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
- "The Porno Plague". Time Magazine. 5 April 1976. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
- "Old Town Visitors Info". The Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.
- "Wells Street Overview".
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