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The Longest, The Shortest

About Chicago

Did you know that Western Avenue is the longest street in Chicago? In the city, it runs from Howard Street to 119th, almost twenty-four miles.

There’s an interesting article about it in the Chicago Public Library blog It mentions that the avenue got its name because, until 1869, it was the western boundary of the city.

So if Western Avenue is the longest street, what is Chicago’s shortest? According to WBEZ Chicago, it’s McDermott Street, located in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Photo: Western Avenue at Milwaukee, 1931

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