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65 East South Water Street: What’s My Name Again?

by Matt B on August 11th, 2008

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I know what you're thinking. This 1928 24-story high-rise doesn't look like interesting at all. And you're right. There's nothing about it physically that makes it stand out. Rather, what makes this building distinctive is its name' or perhaps, lack thereof.

Near the Seventeenth Church, what was formerly the Millinery Mart Building was renamed after its location: 65 East South Water Street. However, if you look up this address on a map, you'll notice that it doesn't actually exist!

Most people assumed that South Water Street ended at Michigan Avenue. Unfortunately for them, the building was located a good half block west of the Mag Mile. In an effort to clear up some of the confusion, the street located west of Michigan Avenue was changed to 'East Wacker Place.' This meant that the building's location changed from 65 East South Water Street to 65 East Wacker Place. However, people have not adapted to this change and still call it by its old address.

It's a wonder that the folks who work here ever actually get to where they're going!

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) polomex (1, 2)

65 East South Water Street: 65 East Wacker Pl
Public trans: Bus # 2, 6, 10, 144, 146
Red Line train (Lake)
Brown/Green/Pink/Purple/Orange Line train (State)

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