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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Route 1, aka Halsted Street

Most people think Halsted starts at southern edge of Chicago. Or, if you've been there, Chicago Heights. But, it really starts at the very southern tip of Illinois, where you can walk out of the Ohio River onto Route 1.

When I lived in Chicago, I took everyone I could (out-of-towners and locals, alike) to Halsted Street just to see their reaction. I wanted their reaction to be like mine. A place to embrace. A place to be embraced by. Halsted Street is place for anybody and everybody to belong.

My own little section of the street went from Armitage to Fullerton, but that was a long time ago, and that's a story for another day.

If you've been there or lived there, you already know what I'm talking about. If not, you should experience it at least once. Either way, I highly, highly recommend the movie, Halsted Street USA (1 hour), narrated by Studs Terkel.

Via @swanksalot.

Edited to correct the spelling of Halsted.

Posted by Marie at January 1, 2011 9:11 PM


I agree - my first apartment in Lakeview was half a block from Halsted. (Just one "a" in Halsted!)

Posted by: Pete Anderson Author Profile Page at January 2, 2011 10:49 AM

Thank you. I knew that, and I still got it wrong.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at January 2, 2011 10:50 AM

My dad worked near 35th and Halsted -- where Spiegel's warehouses were. It's the original Mayor Daley's neighborhood, too. A little further south, you'd come across the old Union Stockyards and the International Amphitheater--really a lot of history there.

Route 1 has a separate resonance for me. It's Main Street in Crete, the little town where I went to high school. I remember a long-weekend trip with my dad that began on a Thursday night and went down 1 through Beecher, Momence, Watseka, and points I've forgotten down to Danville. Have always wanted to take it all the way down to (what I think of as) then end in Southern Illinois. I've done that on Route 3, but as you say, that's another story.

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at January 4, 2011 12:55 PM

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