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".
This only shows the part of Wells Street at the Loop and the North Side.
|0.0||0.0||N Lincoln Avenue||Northern terminus of Wells Street|
|0.3||0.48||IL 64 (W North Avenue)|
|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 Congress Parkway)
|To Jane Byrne Interchange; will be named Ida B. Wells Drive|
|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|
- "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.
- "Wells Street Overview".
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