In 1901, Edward Paul Brennan (1867-1942) proposed a solution, recommending State and Madison as the baseline for a city-wide street numbering system.
|Edward P. Brennan|
The initial legislation exempted the Loop, but after its initial success, the Council amended the ordinance in 1910 to include that area, with a compliance date of April 1, 1911. In the following years, Brennan campaigned tirelessly for the elimination of duplicate street names and to ensure that the names of broken-link streets would remain the same throughout the city. Hundreds of street name changes resulted, Brennan suggesting many of the names adopted.
|Change of Address Postcard.|
|On Friday, August 23, 2013, a little before noon, a small ceremony was held to officially unveil the honorary street designation of the CORNER OF STATE AND MADISON STREETS as Edward Brennan Way.|
Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1909
Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1911 for Loop Addresses.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.