Western Avenue is the
longest continuous street within the city of Chicago at in
Some sources claim that Western is the longest
street in the world, although Yonge
in Toronto is at least 33 miles (53 km) long, and is
considered by some authorities to be long. Western Avenue extends
south as a continuous road to the Dixie
Highway at Sibley Boulevard (Illinois Route 83) in Dixmoor, giving the
road a total length of . However, Western extends intermittently
through the far Southland to the
Will/Kankakee county border in unincorporated Will
Within Chicago's grid street system,
Western Avenue is 2400 West.
From 1851 to 1869, Western Avenue delineated the western edge of
the city of Chicago. Being at the edge of town, it became a picnic
spot, and Riverview Park
was built at
the intersection of Western and Belmont
Avenues. The amusement park
remained open from 1904 until 1967. The park's property is now home to the
Riverview Plaza shopping center, the Belmont District Police
Station, and DeVry Institute of Technology.
Western Avenue is considered one of the
most dangerous roads in Chicago for cyclists
, commuting motorists generally drive at
high speeds and do not share the road with their cycling
counterparts. The majority of Western Avenue
does not feature a bike lane.
Cemetery is also
located on Western Avenue.
Western Avenue is serviced by many buses and trains. The street is crossed
by the Brown
Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, two times by the Blue Line, on the
O'Hare and Forest Park branches and twice by Metra's commuter lines.
are four CTA
run along Western Avenue. The main bus route along Western Avenue is
the 49 Western which runs all night long from Berwyn Ave (5300
North) on the North
Side to 79th Street on the South Side. The 49B North Western runs from Howard Street (7600 North) at the
city's northern border to Leland Avenue (4700 North) where it
connects to the Brown Line.
The X49 is an express bus route making only
certain stops at major streets or train stations. It runs on weekdays
all the way from Berwyn Ave to 95th Street which is the location of
Plaza in Evergreen Park. There is also the 49A South Western bus
route that runs from 79th Street in Chicago to 135th Street in
However this bus route only provides
weekday rush hour service as a supplement to the #349 South Western
Avenue bus route, which is operated by Pace
. This route runs from 79th Street in Chicago
to the Pace Transportation Center in
South Side Irish Parade
Western Avenue also plays host to one of the largest, most raucous
annual events the City of Chicago has to offer, the South Side Irish
Parade. Held yearly on the
Sunday before St. Patrick's Day, along Western between 103rd and
115th Street in the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods, is the city's largest neighborhood
parade, drawing hundreds of thousands of revelers
The parade was canceled after the 2009 event due to unruly crowds
For further information, see South Side
- What is the longest street?
ForgottenChicago.com's Excellent article on an Art Deco
Era Streetscape on S. Western Ave.