Clark Street is a north-south street in Chicago
running near the shore of Lake Michigan from 7600 North, the city limits with Evanston, to 2200 South in the city street numbering
At its northern end it is at 1800 West and from
North Avenue down to Cermak Road
100 West, and so for its northernmost , Clark Street is
occasionally slightly diagonal, but even as a diagonal it runs more
north-south than northwest-southeast. Clark then turns due south
for the remainder of its run.
Street was built on the path of an Indian trail that ran all the
way to Green Bay,
Wisconsin. It is named for George Rogers Clark, a Revolutionary War hero who captured much
of the Northwest Territory from
the British and the elder brother of William Clark.
north of the Chicago border, it is called Chicago Avenue
Points of Interest
The commercial strip of Andersonville
runs along Clark Street
from the intersection with Ashland Avenue to Foster Avenue
. At the intersection of
Clark Street and Irving Park Road is the entrance to Graceland
Cemetery. The Metro concert hall
is located at 3730 N.
Clark, 1-1/2 blocks north of Addison
Street. The intersection of Clark and Addison is
well-known in Chicago as the location of Wrigley Field.
Another vibrant commercial strip on Clark
Street stretches from Diversey Parkway on the north to Armitage
Avenue on the south, and features exceptional shopping, plus a rich
mix of restaurants and entertainment. It is within walking distance
of renowned cultural and educational institutions such as the
Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Lincoln Park
Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, and DePaul University,
and has abundant lakefront park and recreational activities. 2122
was the site of the Saint Valentine's Day massacre, although the building no longer stands.
the south Clark Street borders Lincoln Park, and at North
Avenue sits the Chicago History Museum. The street then passes through the Near North
Side, where in the River
North neighborhood it passes the Rock &
Roll McDonalds. Then it continues over the Chicago River at the Clark Street Bridge and through the Loop where it
passes the Thompson Center and its
with Standing Beast. Then it continues between City
Hall and the Daley Center and on to its termination at Cermak Road.
in the movie Ferris
Bueller's Day Off in which the parking garage attendants
go airborne in Camerons' father's red Ferrari was shot on South Clark Street, near Roosevelt Road.
- Hayner, Don and Tom McNamee, Streetwise Chicago,
"Clark Street", p. 23, Loyola University Press, 1988, ISBN