Stony Island Avenue


Stony Island Avenue

Infobox_road
highway_name = Stony Island Avenue
marker_

alternate_name = 1600 East
length =
direction = North-South
starting_terminus = 56th Street (5600 South)
ending_terminus = Country Line Road
cities = Chicago
established =
system =

Stony Island Avenue is a major thoroughfare on South Side of the city of Chicago, designated 1600 E in Chicago's street numbering system. It runs from 56th Street south to the Calumet River. Stony Island Avenue continues sporadically south of the Calumet in the southern suburbs, running alongside the Bishop Ford Freeway, sometimes as a frontage road. It terminates at County Line Road on the border of Will and Kankakee Counties.

Points of Interest

Running roughly parallel to the Illinois Central Railroad, Stony Island Avenue forms the western boundary of Jackson Park, former home of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and current home of the Museum of Science and Industry. Buildings of the University of Chicago line its western side, as does the national headquarters of the historically African-American Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Between 59th and 60th streets the Midway Plaisance runs westward to connect Jackson Park to Washington Park a mile away. Shortly after leaving the Hyde Park neighborhood, sits Hyde Park Career Academy at 63rd St. At 73rd Street is the Nation of Islam's Mosque Maryam. Where Stony Island meets 79th Street, the diagonal South Chicago Avenue and ramps of the Chicago Skyway it forms one of the most dangerous intersections in the US. At about 92nd Street it passes to the west of the geographical feature for which it was named, a stony hill that was once an island when the glacial Lake Chicago covered the area thousands of years ago. Early pioneers gave this hill, located in the present day neighborhood of Calumet Heights (also referred to as Pill Hill for the large number of doctors who used to live in the area), Chicago at coord|41|43|42|N|87|34|47|W|, the name Stony Island because at a distance it looked like an island in set a tractless prairie sea. (See also the nearby Blue Island). South of 95th Street Stony Island Avenue enter the heavily industrialized region of Lake Calumet. The correct spelling is "Stony Island," but even the city sometimes misspells it; the street sign at its intersection with 103rd Street has a typographical error, "Stoney Island Avenue".


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stony Island (Metra) — Infobox Station name=Stony Island Avenue type=Metra regional rail image size= image caption= address=71st Street and Stony Island Avenue South Shore, Chicago, Illinois coordinates= line=Rail color box|system=Metra|line=Metra Electric other=CTA… …   Wikipedia

  • Stony Brook University — Infobox University name=State University of New York at Stony Brook| image size = 190px established=1957 type=Public calendar = Semester president=Shirley Strum Kenny provost=Eric Kaler city=Stony Brook state=NY country=USA endowment= US$126… …   Wikipedia

  • Michigan Avenue (Chicago) — Michigan Avenue 100 East South end: 12628 South North end: 950 North Michigan Avenue is a major north south street in Chicago which runs at 100 east (except for one private block that runs at 125 east) south of the Chicago River and at… …   Wikipedia

  • Chicago Avenue — For other uses, see Chicago Avenue (disambiguation). Chicago Avenue 800 North Length: 12.2 mi[1] (19.6 km) West end: 17th Avenue in Melrose Park …   Wikipedia

  • Milwaukee Avenue (Chicago) — Milwaukee Avenue Location: Chicago From: Intersection of Desplaines Street and Kinzie Street, Chicago To: Skokie Highway (U.S. Route 41) …   Wikipedia

  • Devon Avenue (Chicago) — Devon Avenue 6400 North Location: Chicago, Lincolnwood, Niles, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Itasca, Roselle, Bartlett East en …   Wikipedia

  • Coney Island — Satellitenbild von Coney Island Strand …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • List of streetcar lines on Long Island — The following streetcar lines once operated on Long Island, New York in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Contents 1 Babylon Railroad 2 Cedarhurst Railway …   Wikipedia

  • Long Island — This article is about the island in New York State. For other uses, see Long Island (disambiguation). Long Island Native name: Paumanok Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, showing county and municipal boundaries …   Wikipedia

  • Coney Island — For other uses, see Coney Island (disambiguation). Coney Island peninsula from the air …   Wikipedia