The house and street numbering system was inconsistent and became more so as Chicago annexed adjacent towns. In 1880 the City Council took steps toward addressing the problem with an ordinance that adjusted house numbers south of Twelfth Street (Roosevelt Road) to match the numbered streets on the south side, but the measure neglected the central and northern portions of the city. The large-scale annexations of 1889 complicated matters further throughout the city.
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 Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.