Broadway (Chicago)

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Broadway (12th Avenue from Lawrence to Devon)
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1200 West (from Lawrence to Devon)
Length 4.7 miles (7.6 km)
South end Diversey Parkway (2800 North) 41°55′58″N 87°38′42″W / 41.932791°N 87.644913°W / 41.932791; -87.644913 (Broadway south end)
North end Devon Avenue (6400 North) 41°59′54″N 87°39′38″W / 41.998202°N 87.660526°W / 41.998202; -87.660526 (Broadway north end)

Broadway is a major street in Chicago's Lake View, Uptown, and Edgewater community areas on the city's North Side, running from Diversey Parkway (2800 North) to Devon Avenue (6400 North). Originally called Evanston Avenue, the name of the street was changed to Broadway on August 15, 1913 as part of 467 road name changes enacted on that date.[1] The new name was taken from New York City's famous theater district.[2] The street runs at a mostly southeast-to-northwest diagonal direction between Diversey Parkway and Lawrence Avenue (4800 North). Between Lawrence Avenue and Devon Avenue, Broadway runs in a north-to-south direction and becomes 1200 West in place of Racine Aveune. The north-south section of Broadway is located a half-block west of and parallel to the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line and Purple Line elevated train tracks. Broadway carries U.S. Route 14 from its terminus at Foster Avenue to the intersection of Ridge and Bryn Mawr Avenues. Broadway is the only street in the city of Chicago that does not have a suffix. It is neither Street, Avenue, Road, Boulevard nor Parkway; known simply as Broadway.


  1. ^ "Evanston Avenue Becomes Broadway With Midnight". Chicago Tribune. August 15, 1913. 
  2. ^ Hayner, Don; McNamee, Tom (1988). Streetwise Chicago: A History of Chicago Street Names. Loyola University Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-8294-0596-8.