- LaSalle Street
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LaSalle Street is a major north-south street in
Chicagonamed for Sieur de La Salle, an early explorer of Illinois. The portion that runs through the Loop is considered to be Chicago's financial district. For most of its length, the street has the address 140 West. See Streets and highways of Chicago.
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South of the Financial District, LaSalle Street gets cut off for a while by the Amtrak/Metra Rail yard from Taylor St to 1600 South. It runs parallel to the
Rock Island DistrictMetra line. South of 26th Street, it serves as a frontage road for the Dan Ryan Expresswayuntil 47th street where it merges with Wentworth Avenue. South of 47th, it starts and stops as a local street until it finally terminates just south of 125th Street.
In the Loop
The south end of LaSalle Street terminates at the
art-deco Chicago Board of Trade Building, a Chicago Landmarkand National Historic Landmark. The LaSalle Street Stationcommuter terminal is located directly south of the Board of Trade. An art decoskyscraper at 135 S. LaSalle and a modern skycraper 190 S. LaSalle line the street. One North LaSalle, Chicago City Halland the James R. Thompson Centerare located within the Loop on LaSalle Street.
Architectural Features of the Canyon
* The canyon is in the form of a box canyon and uses the Chicago Board of Trade Building to form an abrupt end.
* The buildings along the canyon have their faces into the canyon aligned to emphasize the feeling of a canyon
* It is generally not permitted to put signs, banners or other infrastructure that hangs into the canyon
North of the river
Moving north from the Loop, the street crosses the
Chicago Riverusing the LaSalle Street Bridge. In the Near North Side, 300 North LaSallewill be on the north banks of the Chicago River, one block east of the Merchandise Mart. North of Chicago Avenue, the street is adjacent to the Moody Bible Institute. The street terminates in Lincoln Park near the Chicago History Museum.
In popular culture
* The street, Chicago Board of Trade Building, and 200 North LaSalle were used in the 2005 film "
Batman Begins" and its sequel "The Dark Knight". [cite web|url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372784/locations|title=Filming Location for Batman Begins|accessdate=2007-02-25] [cite web|url=http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/Features/BatmanBegins/200NorthLaSalle.php|title=The Buildings of Batman|accessdate=2007-03-14]
* The view facing south down the canyon is used in the movies "The Untouchables" and "
Road to Perdition".
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