Grand Avenue (Chicago)

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Grand Avenue
DuPage County Route 20 IL.svg
(530 North/500 North)
Maintained byChicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, various local agencies
Length19 mi [1] (31 km)
Location Franklin Park, IL, Chicago
Coordinates 41°53′30″N87°37′41″W / 41.89166°N 87.62807°W / 41.89166; -87.62807 Coordinates: 41°53′30″N87°37′41″W / 41.89166°N 87.62807°W / 41.89166; -87.62807
West endUS 20.svg US 20 / Lake Street at Illinois 83.svg IL 83 / Kingery Highway in Addison
East end Navy Pier in Chicago

Grand Avenue is a major east-west street in the city of Chicago and nearby DuPage County, although it deviates somewhat from Chicago's grid system, as it is diagonal west of Western Avenue. The street runs from the Kingery Highway (also known as U.S. Route 20 and Illinois Route 83) in Addison, east through the western suburbs, and then east-southeast into Chicago, through the Magnificent Mile shopping area, and continuing out to Navy Pier, where it ends. This is a distance of about 19 miles (31 km). [1]



Grand Avenue was originally known as Whiskey Point Road, [2] first used as a trail by the Miami, Illini and many other Native Nations, it leads to the West Side of Chicago, near Western Avenue. [3] On the Near North Side it was called Indiana Street. Thomas Jefferson Vance Owen, Chicago's first town president, is believed to have named it in 1833 after naming Chicago, "a grand place to live." [4]


Grand Avenue is serviced by many major CTA lines. The Blue Line stops at Grand at Halsted Street and Milwaukee Avenue; this stop is the first one north of The Loop. The Red Line also stops at Grand at State Street, close to the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. In 2007, the CTA began a renovation project at the station, which was completed in 2012. The 65 Grand bus route runs along Grand Avenue, from Nordica Avenue to Navy Pier. Pace bus route 319 serves Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, Elmwood Park, and Chicago, It runs from Fullerton/Narragansett in Chicago, to Wolf Road/North Avenue in Northlake.

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi [5] kmDestinationsNotes
DuPage Elmhurst 0.00.0US 20.svgIllinois 83.svgI-290.svg US 20 (Lake Street) to IL 83 (Kingery Highway) / I-290 Western terminus
Cook Franklin Park 4.36.9US 12.svgUS 45.svg US 12 / US 45 (Mannheim Road)
River Grove 6.911.1Illinois 171.svg IL 171 (Thatcher Avenue)
Elmwood ParkChicago line8.413.5Illinois 43.svg IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)
Chicago 11.718.8Illinois 50.svg IL 50 (N Cicero Avenue)
12.319.8Illinois 64.svg IL 64 (W North Avenue)
18.930.4US 41.svg US 41 (N Lake Shore Drive)Interchange
19.130.7 Navy Pier Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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