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Whose idea was it for street signs to be white on green which does not have great visibility in the daytime and is really difficult to read at night? What was wrong with good old-fashioned black on white?

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Almost all street signs in Chicago use all-uppercase letters. I've noticed, however, that recently installed street signs use lowercase letters. Is this the new standard? If so, what's behind the change? The all-uppercase signs seem easier to read and better looking to me, while the slow introduction of different signs sacrifices uniformity. Thanks for getting to the bottom of this important issue!

Street name signs in Chicago are green with white text. They are traditionally written in all capital letters, but newer signs can also be written with lowercase letters. All signs contain not only the name of the street, but also its directional position ("N" and "S" for north-south streets north and south of Madison Street, and "E" and "W" for east-west streets east and west of State Street) and abbreviated suffix ("Dr" for "Drive", "St" for "Street", etc.). Larger signs, located at intersections with stoplights, also include the street's numerical position within Chicago's grid system.

The modern color scheme of street signs in Chicago dates to the 1970s. Before this, street signs had generally been yellow with black text, which was phased out to standardize street signs internationally. The Chicago City Council often ceremonially names stretches of road after notable figures associated with the area. Such honorary names are indicated with signs similar to normal street signs, but brown instead of green and lacking any directional data.

Prior to the early 20th century, Chicago lacked a unified system for identifying streets. Brown signs with white text were used in the Loop, but in residential neighborhoods street names were painted onto poles or simply left undisclosed. In 1936, a federal grant allowed the city to install 64,000 yellow signs with black text for street names, but most were melted down for their metal in World War II.[1]

After the war, the city tested multiple sign styles in the Loop and ended up with returning to the black-on-yellow color scheme, installing signs starting in 1950. These signs were otherwise identical to modern signs, with directional and suffix information included. However, the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) revised its guidance in 1975 in order to make American street signs more legible to tourists from Europe, where signs were often green; it restricted yellow-on-black signs to warning purposes. After the revised guidances were in place the city began duly replacing the signs.[1]

By the 2000s, yellow signs had become quite rare in situ, with only a handful of examples remaining in more distant parts of the city. This is in contrast to other cities, where old street signs are a more common sight.[2]

In 1981, Mike Royko attempted to rename a stretch of Evergreen Avenue in honor of Nelson Algren, who had long lived on the street.[3] Although mayor Jane Byrne received the proposal favorably and even put up signs, local backlash forced the City Council to formally veto the proposal.[4] To avoid repeating the incident, it was decided to start naming such streets honorarily rather than impact any addresses.[5] Such honorary streets have special signs that are brown, have the word "Honorary" at the top surrounded by the Chicago stars, and lack any directional information.

In most cases, street cleaning will occur between 6am-9am. On residential streets, bright orange signs are posted 24 hours prior to sweeping and the street cleaning will take place between 9am-3pm. In most Monday cases, the signs will be posted on the Friday prior.

Keep your car off the street at all times during street cleaning (usually between 9 am and 3 pm), or you could face a $50 fine or get your car towed. If you want to learn more about Chicago street cleaning schedules and rules, check out our comprehensive Chicago street cleaning guide.

Additionally, certain blocks in Chicago are restricted. These blocks only allow vehicles with residential parking permits specific to that neighborhood to park in those spaces during certain hours. If you live on one of these streets, display your neighborhood specific permit on your windshield. When you buy your city sticker, ask to add a zone number for an additional cost.

There are hundreds of thousands of signs on Chicago's streets, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. The city places a priority on fixing signs that ensure public safety, like stop signs or one way signs. The department installed 35,000 new signs in 2017 alone.

There's a nice looking snowflake (above), but the letters are almost entirely gone. You can see "CHES" in INCHES, but that's about it. This is likely a sign to alert motorists that this street is a snow route where parking is prohibited or restricted. However, that's impossible to know.

To report damaged signs, residents should call 311 and crews will replace them as quickly as possible. Anyone who feels they were ticketed wrongly due to an unreadable sign can take a photo and contest the ticket through the Department of Finance.

The guidebook is a collection of information about who or what the person an honorary street is named after. If it was a person, she writes about their life and what led them to have an honorary street sign named after them.

Zabors said a lot of famous people have come through Chicago, whether they were born here or make part of their life or career here. People from all walks of life are honored by and remembered with the signs, Zabors said.

Creating honorary street signs in Chicago began in 1984, Zabors said. Neighbors can nominate a person or organization to be recognized with an honorary street sign, and the City Council must sign off on them.

Another reason why Brennan advocated for the grid system is because the Fire Department had a hard time responding to calls, Zabors said. She said Brennan is also the reason why the city has streets that are named the same for most of its length.

As the video above describes, Chicago's street system was a complicated mess well into the early 20th Century. Although the 1830 city plan made provision for an orderly system of north-south and east-west streets, the annexation of surrounding communities (such as the Village of Hyde Park) had led to duplications of names, and even whole addresses, across the growing city. Things got so bad that the postal service threatened to stop delivering mail to Chicago addresses.

In 1901, Rogers Park resident (and private citizen) Edward P. Brennan approached the city council with a solution: re-name and re-number nearly all city streets according to a new convention, wherein street numbers would locate properties relative to central X (east-west) and Y (north-south) axes, with an imaginary center point at the intersection of Madison (east-west) and State (north-south) streets, in the heart of the downtown business district. Eight years (and dozens of City Council meetings) later, Brennan's proposal was adopted by the city council, and the Chicago grid system was implemented.

Although there are a few exceptions (see "diagonals" below), almost all Chicago streets run either north-south or east-west. To make matters even simpler, those directions reflect actual compass directions: a "north-bound" street in Chicago really does run toward the north pole, a "west-bound" street will eventually take you to Iowa, and an "east-bound" street will always drop you in Lake Michigan.

Brennan's plan for Chicago's new numbering system effectively divided the city into quadrants, delineated by State St. (north-south) and Madison St. (east-west) -- see the red lines on the historic map below. Because of this, each street address in Chicago now includes a cardinal direction (N, S, E, or W). This lets you know two things about an address:

This leads to another handy rule of thumb: since State St. (which divides streets into E and W) is located fairly close to the lake, and the shoreline of Chicago is a slight diagonal, almost any street that begins with "E" (i.e., that is located east of State St.) will either be in the loop or on the South Side of the city -- see the lower right quadrant of the map below to visualize this.

This is a simple, but important rule to remember: the center of the grid (that is, the place where the X and Y axes cross) is at State and Madison, in the heart of Chicago's historic downtown/the Loop. Remember: State is a north-south street, and Madison is an east-west street.

To restate the previous rule in terms of this new knowledge, any address that begins with "N" (e.g., N Broadway) will be located on a north-south street, and north of the imaginary line created by Madison street. Any address that begins with "S" (e.g. S Western Blvd) will be located on a north-south street, but south of Madison. An address that begins with "W" (e.g. W Roosevelt Rd) will be an east-west street located somewhere west of State St. And finally, an address that begins with "E" (e.g., E 59th St.) will be an east-west street located to the east of State St., and will almost certainly be located either in the Loop or on the South Side (due to the curve of the lakeshore).

As we mentioned above, the intersection of State and Madison streets is the center of the grid. It's also the ZERO-POINT for all addresses in Chicago. To put it another way, lower address numbers in Chicago are going to be closer to Madison or State streets; higher numbers will be further away. (Preview of coming rules: the grid will actually tell you how far away an address is from Madison or State -- see the next few rules to learn how.)

Both this rule and the previous rule suggest an important observation: prefixes are essential in knowing where you are supposed to be in the city. By virtue of its grid system, Chicago frequently has two versions of each address, one on each side of either Madison (for north-south streets) or State (for east-west streets). To return to a previous example, Harper Library is located at 1116 E 59th St. There is also a building at 1116 W 59th -- it's actually an empty lot on a quiet block in Englewood. 041b061a72


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