Solution to the March Puzzler

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Remember the March Puzzler question?

Was North Michigan Avenue once named:

a. Streeter Boulevard?

b. Emerald Street?

c. McLean Avenue?

d. Pine Street?

e. First Avenue?

To all of you who said First Avenue, I’m sorry, even though a street once known as Fifth Avenue is five blocks west of  Michigan Avenue. And you who said or thought it could be Streeter Boulevard, too bad, even though it borders the Streeterville neighborhood. When you think about it, the City would never name a major street after Cap Steeter, whom it battled for 30 years over claims to the land.

No, folks. The correct answer to the Puzzler is . . . . . Pine Street. Congratulations to you who suggested it or even thought it.

As hard as I’ve tried, I can come up with no great, historical reason for naming the street Pine. The only thing I found is that there was once a small stand of pine trees around what is now North Michigan Avenue and Oak Street.

Have you got any good ideas for the Puzzler? Send in your suggestions! 


About Chicago Stories

I'm a Chicagoan, have been for fifty years. I've had a consulting business in the city for thirty-eight years, working with many Chicago companies and organizations and others around the world. Before that, I worked the city's race relations agency for five years.I am a volunteer tour guide for Chicago's Greeter Program and introduce visitors from around the world to this beautiful city. I'm also a writer of several professional books as well as poetry, essays and fiction. The city has become my inspiration, education and entertainment. View all posts by Chicago Stories

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