Chicago streets are on a grid system.


The center of the grid is State (0 E/W) and Madison (0 N/S).


Each 8 blocks, or 800 in street numbers = one mile


For example, Chicago Ave (800N) is one mile north of Madison (0N)


If you memorize a few streets, you’ll quickly be able to lose your GPS and find your way around the city like a pro!


For example…

Chicago streets

Madison  – 0

Chicago – 800 N

North Ave. – 1600 N

Fullerton – 2400 N 

Belmont – 3200 N

Irving Park Rd – 4000N



What about “Street”  vs. “Avenue”  vs. “Boulevard” or “Parkway?”


Avenue – Streets running North and South. There are exceptions.
Boulevard – Streets where trucks over 5 tons are not permitted.
Court – Short roadway.
Parkway – Street that ends at a park.
Place – Street running the 1/2 block between streets.
Street – Streets running East and West. There are exceptions.


North vs. South  East vs. West

Homes on the North and West are EVEN NUMBERS

Homes on the South and East are ODD NUMBERS


If you can’t remember how far north/south/east or west a particular street can be found,


Here’s your answer!


Select this link to download a list of all streets in Chicago.

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9 Walton- Proposed Gold Coast Luxury High Rise

9 Walton- Proposed Gold Coast Luxury High Rise


You may have heard the rumors about a Gold Coast high-rise at 9 Walton.  Wondering what’s going on?

As of March 26, 2015, no permits had been pulled (Anne's AnswersChicago Architecture Blog), but soil sample tests were being done.

The plan calls for a 34 story building with just 67 residences – ultra luxury, indeed!

Walton on the Park is certainly going to despise living in the shadow of this building!

9 W Walton-Chicago

Interested in seeing Floor Plans of 9 Walton?  9 Walton Rendering

Send me an email and I’ll forward the newly released residence and building plans!


• Elegant fully staffed lobby

• Valet Parking

• Granite paver, landscaped, covered drive court

• Indoor lap pool

• Hot tub, steam room and sauna

• State of the art workout room – including Pilates and Gyrotonic machines

(Personal training service available)

• Private dining room with professional kitchen and outdoor deck

• Indoor dog run

• Two story conditioned wine cellar with private storage available

• App based management and communication system

• House car/driver

• Dry Cleaning Service

• Electric car charging

• Guest apartment suite


• Classic precast, granite and limestone exterior

• Bronze and glass entry doors

• Post tension concrete frame

• High performance exterior windows and

• Spray foam insulation at all exterior walls

• 1 Gig internet service

• 3 high speed elevators – two passenger and one freight

• 4 pipe heating and cooling system with humidification and electronic filters

• Ten to twelve foot clear ceiling height

• Expansive private outdoor space with heaters


• Custom designed O’Brien and Harris or Bultup cabinetry

• Sub-zero and Wolf appliance package including a 48-60” range)(LaCornueFe

110 range also available as standard), separate refrigerator/ freezer, dishwasher,

under-counter wine cooler (half and full floor units include a full size wine


• A selection of Kallista or Dornbracht plumbing fixtures

• Toto toilets (Washlet series in all master baths)

• ó frameless glass shower enclosures

• Custom built marble slab master shower with steam

• Heated bathroom floors

• Exquisitely detailed marble bathrooms

• 3cm stone countertops (multiple edges available)

• Walnut or Quarter Sawn White Oak hardwood flooring (solid hardwood or

engineered is available – choice of width)

• A selection of hardwood flooring or Stark wool carpeting in all bedrooms

• Fireplace with custom carved marble mantel

• In unit lighting controls

• Pre wired for audio visual and motorized window treatments

• Multiple piece crown moldings

• Wainscoting in gallery and hallways

• Applied moldings on ceilings (per plan)

• 8” decorative wood base trim throughout

• Built in safe

• Custom master bedroom closet build-out

• Gas, electric and water at the terraces

• Recessed lighting throughout

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Antique Hardware – It’s in the Details!


front door hardware

Having original hardware in one’s historic home is the “icing on the cake” for me. Visually, it makes a huge difference, although buyers don’t always recognize why they’re so entranced with an older home, often the details are the difference!

We’re fortunate to have all our original door knobs in our 1908 Foursquare. (With one exception- the back door)

vintage door knob - 1908

Here’s an example of our front door hardware (on the inside of the air lock). Oily hands have kept the knob shiny while the decorative escutcheon is darker and more aged.

The outside of the front door is pictured to the right.


Reproduction door knob

We recently replaced the 1960’s plain jane knob when we replaced the door. Rather than searching out a vintage knob, we found a basic rubbed bronze model at the building supply center. (There it is to the  right.)

This month, Old House Journal provided information on vintage door knobs, hinges, and locks. (See the post here) They also provided a guide for stripping hardware that’s been painted over — basically boil in water (with dishwasher soap) and then use a cloth/brush to remove the softened paint.

Design Sponge offers another great article on cleaning your antique hardware- check out their post here: Cleaning Vintage Metal Hardware

I my research of antique hardware information, I came across a terrific article –   The Magic of Antique Door Hardware, which includes great photographs of door knobs from the Victorian era to today.

antique hardware


These are examples of  interior door knobs in our house.

Want to create our own reproduction hardware?

Check out this video on how to make your hardware look antique!



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Anne Rossley

Your historic property specialist!


Anne Rossley

Anne Rossley Chicago Real Estate Broker

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