Wells Street (Chicago)

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Wells Street
William Wells Street
200 West
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
A sign for Wells Street. The Chicago Stock Exchange is in the background.
Chicago Transit Authority control tower 18 guides elevated Chicago 'L' north and southbound Purple and Brown lines intersecting with east and westbound Pink and Green lines and the looping Orange line above the Wells and Lake street intersection in the loop.

Wells Street is a main North–South street in downtown Chicago. It is officially designated as 200 West, originally named 5th Avenue and is named in honor of William Wells, a United States Army Captain who died in the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

Wells Street is interrupted by Comiskey Park, Interstate 55, and Lincoln Park. Wells Street crosses the Chicago River at the Wells Street Bridge.

Several Chicago attractions are located on or near Wells Street, including Comiskey Park[1] and Ed Debevic's.[2] 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.[3]

Wells Street was named in Time Magazine's 1976 article "The Porno Plague".[4]


  1. ^ whitesox.com accessed 23 February 2009
  2. ^ Ed Debevic's webpage, accessed 23 February 2009
  3. ^ Sweeney, Brigid (2014-07-14). "Former Crate & Barrel CEO Barbara Turf dies". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ "The Porno Plague". Time Magazine. 5 April 1976. Retrieved 26 October 2010.