Wells Street (Chicago)
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Wells Street is a main North–South street in downtown 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||cul-de-sac north of Roosevelt Road in Chicago|
|Known for||William Wells|
Several Chicago attractions are located on or near Wells Street, including Comiskey Park and Ed Debevic's. Some downtown blocks of Wells Street are located beneath the Chicago 'L' train system. The first Crate & Barrel store, which opened in 1962, was located on Wells Street.
Wells Street was named in Time Magazine's 1976 article "The Porno Plague".
- "Ask Chicagoist: Wells Street or 5th Avenue?".
- whitesox.com accessed 23 February 2009
- Ed Debevic's webpage, accessed 23 February 2009
- 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.
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