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Madison Street
0 North/South
James Madison Street
Location Chicago
West end Illinois 53.svg Columbine Avenue Lombard, Illinois
East end Michigan Avenue (100 E) 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 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]

References[edit]

  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.


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