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Andrew / October 10, 2006 12:17 PM

Question(s) suggested by Mark.

Hal / October 10, 2006 12:37 PM

I really liked living at Broadway and Roscoe. I'd do that again in a heartbeat. Groceries, eating and drinking out, public transit to the Loop and the lakefront all in walking distance.

gate / October 10, 2006 12:38 PM

I wouldn't want to live at hte intersection of the end of a sentence and a preposition. ;-)

ahn / October 10, 2006 12:42 PM

it was clark and belmont back in the nineties, when i was a teenager in the suburbs and it was still cool.

i like berwyn and clark a lot. i wish it was a little bit closer to a train, especially since i like the buildings west of clark and that's a bit of a hike.

Andrew / October 10, 2006 12:42 PM

Gate, get over it. Your teacher lied to you.

Your Mom / October 10, 2006 12:46 PM

Lincoln and Wilson is a nice intersection. I would like to live on Lincoln and Paulina.

holden / October 10, 2006 12:57 PM

California & Logan Blvd

close to the train (blue line), close to sushi (Hachi's Kitchen), close to thai food (Sai Mai), unfortunately close to a starbucks, close to the Kennedy.

holden / October 10, 2006 12:59 PM

Your Mom,

Lincoln & Paulina is nice. I LOVE the Lakeview YMCA that is right there and the Whole Foods too!
Oh, and Suzie China's lunch special.

J / October 10, 2006 1:05 PM

I live just off Lincoln, Damen, and Irving Park and travel Lincoln frequently both North and South. I have to say that just about every Lincoln intersection is one of great character and excitement. Perhaps it's the Chicago-centric 6-ways that make for a great confluence, or maybe it's that Lincoln cuts through at least half a dozen neighborhoods...? either way I'm voting Lincoln Avenue for Gov. in November.

Maggie / October 10, 2006 1:12 PM

The corner of Wilson and anything between Damen and Lincoln. Those houses are gorgeous.

Y A J / October 10, 2006 1:14 PM

For many years I wanted to live at the intersection of Hoyne & LeMoyne, `cuz it sounded funny and I liked the neighborhood (this was a loong time ago). I managed to live 1/2 block west of there for a couple of years.

Speedy / October 10, 2006 1:14 PM

27th & California. That's a very important intersection for Chicago.

84th & Crawford (I refuse to call Crawford by that 'other' name) has great pizza.

111th & Western because that is where Snackville Junction used to be.

Baldeesh / October 10, 2006 1:16 PM

I second California and Logan Blvd.

And Sai Mai rocks my socks.

Flynn / October 10, 2006 1:18 PM

gate, my high school English teacher -- the biggest grammar stickler I've ever been around -- had a great response for that criticism, so I'll rephrase the question for you with his response:

"Which intersection would you want to live at, a$$hole?"

Godfearing man / October 10, 2006 1:32 PM

Where else? The intersection of the punchline of Chicago's best local joke -- Paulina and Lunt.

missmolly / October 10, 2006 1:35 PM

i live at ashland and chicago.

that's where i want to live :)

printdude / October 10, 2006 1:48 PM

My favorite is Hoyne & LeMoyne - only because It is fun to say.

I would very much like to live at Randolph & Columbus, but only if I can keep my big garden space. Which apparently is crankingout tomatoes before the hefty frost.

printdude / October 10, 2006 1:49 PM

And Speedy?
Snackville junctioni can be found on Kedzie these days. About 91st st.

Ted / October 10, 2006 1:54 PM

Hey, godfearing, there's a CHURCH at Paulina and Lunt.

Ted / October 10, 2006 1:55 PM

Hey, print, how about Armitage and Hermitage?

Thomas / October 10, 2006 2:00 PM

My favorite intersection is at Ogden and Cicero, just because I was on a #54 bus that took the wrong ramp back when it looked like a freeway interchange. I'd like living at Wacker and Michigan.

Godfearing Man / October 10, 2006 2:24 PM

Ted, you're right. A Catholic church. Kinda makes the whole thing richer, don't you think?

fluffy / October 10, 2006 2:25 PM

Any intersection with a bar.

A friend of mine used to live at Hoyne and LeMoyne. Good Times.

I like Damen and Augusta, Clark and Foster, I like where LaSalle dead ends into the Board of Trade downtown. There are so many......these are just a few.

I'd like to live in any of the big old houses on Wayne Street around Berwyn St in Andersonville.

Eamon / October 10, 2006 2:28 PM

I'll always love Clark and Belmont: so many great memories there. Can't say I'd ever want to live there, though.

anna / October 10, 2006 2:32 PM

Yes, Ahn! -- Ah, those late 80s/ early 90s highschool days, when all we ever did on the weekend was drive from the suburbs to Clark and Belmont. We'd go to a show at the Vic and then of course Ann Sather's. Or we'd spend a Saturday afternoon trying on Docs at the Alley and then of course Ann Sather's. It was the only place to go. And my very suburban parents would often not let me go because they thought we were headed straight into the hood. And they also wouldn't let us take the L from Union Station because they thought the Belmont stop was just one big knife fight. Boy, I wish we could afford a condo in that neighborhood now...

anna / October 10, 2006 2:33 PM

Yes, Ahn! -- Ah, those late 80s/ early 90s highschool days, when all we ever did on the weekend was drive from the suburbs to Clark and Belmont. We'd go to a show at the Vic and then of course Ann Sather's. Or we'd spend a Saturday afternoon trying on Docs at the Alley and then of course Ann Sather's. It was the only place to go. And my very suburban parents would often not let me go because they thought we were headed straight into the hood. And they also wouldn't let us take the L from Union Station because they thought the Belmont stop was just one big knife fight. Boy, I wish we could afford a condo in that neighborhood now...

leah / October 10, 2006 2:39 PM

YOM Sai Mai. I lived at Altgeld & California. Never would've left were it not for my apt turning condo.

Hoyne & LeMoyne. I thought it was just me. Easily amused, that is.

Naturally I'm partial to my intersection of North & Western, but I do have a fondness for Clark & Addison. Specifially that house with all the religious tchotchkes out front.


Ramsin / October 10, 2006 2:46 PM

My favorite intersections--though I have no real desire to live there necessarily, and for random nostalgic reasons--are:

Grand, Halsted & Milwaukee, 35th & Halsted,
Madison & Pulaski and
Touhy & Ashland

felix / October 10, 2006 2:50 PM

The intersection of 5th Avenue AND Central Park.

Suck THAT, New York City.

ahn / October 10, 2006 3:04 PM

Anna - exactly! i don't know if the alley was actually edgy at that time or if i was just young, but it was certainly the place to be.

i intersection does still make for some interesting peoplewatching, if nothing else.

Thomas / October 10, 2006 3:35 PM

My favorite intersection is at Ogden and Cicero, just because I was on a #54 bus that took the wrong ramp back when it looked like a freeway interchange. I'd like living at Wacker and Michigan.

Lori / October 10, 2006 3:37 PM

I like Central and Devon. I'd love to live around there.

Ramsin / October 10, 2006 3:51 PM

5th Ave is such a mysterious street--and "Fifth City" a mysterious neighborhood.

Ed Gebrook / October 10, 2006 4:04 PM

Lori, you're right about Central and Devon area -- Edgebrook.

Quiet, safe, laid back., great place to raise a family.

Could use maybe one or two more restaurants/taverns or some other commercial development to fill some of those empty storefronts along Devon near the tracks, tho.

e_five / October 10, 2006 4:17 PM

The Funkiest intersection in town: George and Clinton.

Patrick / October 10, 2006 4:34 PM

The inimitable "crotch" -- Damen, North & Milwaukee. Great night life, decent arts community, access to the Blue Line ... it has it all.

annie / October 10, 2006 5:00 PM

I like my intersection Chicago/Damen (actually Iowa, but you know what I mean). But I'd take any intersection off of Milwaukee which I think is the best street in all of Chicago.

Leelah / October 10, 2006 6:13 PM

I loved living at Addison and Damen.

BTW, if you want an English teacher's opinion (which you probably don't, but since when has that ever stopped an English teacher?), the preposition rule stands in formal writing. I do not think Gapers Block qualifies as formal writing.

Justin / October 10, 2006 9:30 PM

I spend Sunday mornings at Hoyne and LeMoyne and many evenings at North and Hoyne.

Brian / October 10, 2006 11:04 PM

Favorite intersections (One I lived near growing up, some of the rest are nostalgic, a few are new favorites, and the last I live near now):
Damen & Armitage
Grand & Noble
Lincoln, Southport & Wellington
Belmont & Broadway
Clark & Argyle
Lincoln & Western
Pulaski & Archer

Where I wouldn't mind living (though I love my current neighborhood):
Addison & Southport
Honore & Bloomingdale (the first neighborhood I remember living in. My house is gone and it's all waaaay overpriced now)
Damen & Webster
Broadway & Wellington

Cindy / October 11, 2006 12:06 AM

Lincoln and Western.

or pretty much any intersection of Damen or Racine especially:

Damen and Wilson
Damen and Chicago
Damen and Roscoe


Fullerton and Racine
Webster and Racine
Addison and Racine

Mike / October 11, 2006 8:19 AM

Lived at LeMoyne & Paulina for a while. LeMoyne is a fun word to say. I had once planned on writing a zine where I would take pictures and write stories about every block of LeMoyne all the way to Oak Park. Like many of my projects at the time (like the Pad Thai Review), it never materialized.

Later lived at Belle Plaine & Keeler, which wasn't especially scenic (unless you like views of highway on ramps), but rolls off the tongue nicely.

Favorite Chicago street name: Kedvale.

Where I'd like to live? After being in exile in NE Ohio for the last 4 years, I'll take anywhere in Cook County, but I'll second the above poster who said Milwaukee was her favorite street. I'll take anywhere between Logan Square and Jefferson Park. Also, anywhere along 18th between Halsted - Damen.

relis / October 11, 2006 8:37 AM

kedzie, milwaukee & logan blvd - cafe lula, yum

Joe / October 11, 2006 9:39 AM

Probably Chicago Ave. and Madison Ave., because... you really don't have to work, can always find a seat on one of the many, ubiquitous milk crates, or hang outside Rothschild's scratching Lottos and sipping on Camo.

Dan / October 11, 2006 10:15 AM

When I was a teenager living in Naperville, I remember going to Clark and Belmont for the first time. I felt so grown up and like I was in the big city. Now that I live in the city, I've lost a bit of that awe I used to have when I would go "downtown."

Tt / October 11, 2006 10:35 AM

the corner of west north ave and north western ave sounds good but otherwise it's a pretty charmless spot

Josh / October 11, 2006 10:51 AM

Yes, there's much childhood nostalgia in my favorite intersections:

Clark & Devon
Sheridan & Albion
Clark & Belmont
Foster & Broadway
Glenwood & Granville

I miss being a kid sometimes, and I miss Edgewater and Uptown, too.

carrieJ / October 11, 2006 11:05 AM

i wish SOOO badly that i could live on the corner of hoyne and thomas, specifically in the beautiful mansion on the south-west side. its on a gigantic double lot and i believe it's a single family home... which is crazy, because you could prolly fit 4 families inside comfortably. if you're in the neighorhood, it's worth a walk over. look for the perfect stepford family that's always in the yard with their big fluffy dog. man...

Emerson Dameron / October 11, 2006 11:17 AM

Cermak & Wentworth is my favorite place to kill time. Cermak & Damen is my favorite place I've lived.

Loddii / October 11, 2006 11:24 AM

Lawrence & Milwaukee Ave... used to be a Fannie May store when I was growing up... got peppermints for a special treat!

wordup / October 11, 2006 12:03 PM

Lncoln and Western, hands down. Where can you get all of those things at once? German beer, sushi, herring?
That being said I lived at Western and Devon and I was in food heaven....

CVAL / October 11, 2006 1:00 PM

Leland and Hermitage. This neighborhood feels like living in a velvet pocket. Walk West and you've got Damen and local coffee house "The Perfect Cup", "The Rail" bar, "Shanghi Inn" restaurant; to name just a few. Walk East and you've got Staples, the Korean merchants corridor running down Clark, a little park and Catholic church. The lilacs bloomed in the summer and walks through the neighborhood always presented surprises, like the small beautiful fountains and ponds neighbors installed in their front yards, I can still hear the gentle gurgle of water, remember the sweet smell, and the feel of comfort as people passed by and politely nodded in acknowledgement as if to say: "We agree".

emyduck / October 11, 2006 1:51 PM

i used to love saying that i lived "east of western and south of north" when we lived near damen/division.

california and logan would be nice if it was closer to the el stop.

d. / October 11, 2006 2:38 PM

oh man i just saw this post now...

i used to live at the coolest intersection EVER.


beat that!!!!

d. / October 11, 2006 2:40 PM already put it up! i think we put something up about that intersection before, didn't we?

printdude / October 11, 2006 3:17 PM

I do believe there was amention of this in the "Neighborhoods" Thread, with Y A J making the claim about that intersection.

I just have fond memories of repeating "Hoyne & LeMoyne" in a funny robotic voice, over and over again.

Right now we are all at the intersection of "Look where we have been" and "Where are we going?"

jen / October 11, 2006 4:07 PM

emyduck, are you kidding? california & logan is three blocks from the el... wtf? do you want to live ON the train?

i enjoy my location in my 'hood now, though i think most of the kedzie intersections in logan square are pretty nice (& fullerton - whirlaway, & armitage - streetside); though i'm not sure there are really any intersections i'd want to live in, since they tend to be of major streets and are loud.

Kevin / October 11, 2006 4:11 PM

I live near Grand and Damen, which I actually love, even though there isn't anything there. We can get anywhere in the city in twenty minutes. Unlike when I lived at Lawrence and Ashland, which I also loved.

mike-ts / October 11, 2006 7:51 PM

Waveland & Sheffield. It would've been great to live there in the late 70's, early 80's. The Cubs were getting in 18,000 per day game - so no swarms of people, and if you had buds in the apartments, you could stand up there with a half dozen people in a true rooftop party, just hanging out, making new friends, and watching the game, truly for free. Though bleachers must've been around $2. They were $4 as late as 1991.

Have a 2nd or 3rd shift job, and spent the summer all basebally - no night games, all 1:20's! Without all the ball hogs in the street with their mitts, you could still have a chance of having a home run ball bounce into your living room.

Tony / October 11, 2006 7:52 PM

Being so into Chicago, it's an impossible question for me to answer.

For sheer aural aesthetic, however:

Hermitage & Armitage


Hoyne & LeMoyne


Sheridan & Sheridan

mike-ts / October 11, 2006 7:53 PM

oops - 18,000 per WEEKday game!

Brian / October 11, 2006 10:37 PM

Having grown up near Hermitage & Armitage (hey, I even went to St. Mary's school), I can tell you there's not much there. There's what used to be a Honda dealership and is now Howard Orloff Fine Motorcars on one corner, and a BP across the street. Kind of a dull corner. Even still, sure, being able to say you live at the corner of Hermitage & Armitage would be cool.

charlie D / October 12, 2006 9:11 AM

Bowmanville & Damen.

It somehow seems like everywhere.

Flips / October 12, 2006 9:57 AM

Ah, Hermitage and Armitage for me as well in terms of fun to say, and don't forget Marie's Riptide is at that corner too.

The intersection of George and Mildred because it sounds like a cute old married couple.

carrie / October 12, 2006 10:36 AM

I like living at North and Western, although people tend to think that I live at Northwestern. I'm trying to train myself to say Western and North so people get it right away.

CarrieJ- you reminded me of a great mansion in Wicker Park that I want. I'm terrible with street names (though I don't really get lost) but it's on a huge lot, has a huge yard, a mini basketball court. All sorts of goodies. Yeah, whatever that intersection is, I wouldn't mind it.

Oh and Damen and Haddon... there's a beautiful old greystone that's on a double lot, has a huge porch and every window has a fake candle in it that's almost always on. I always drool when I walk by it. (it's right on Damen)

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