There’s something so damn funny about the name “Whipple Street.” Albany Parkers, Logan Squarers, and Beverly residents alike know this joyous moniker well, given that the road runs directly north-to-south through all three neighborhoods, just west of Sacramento Avenue. I have a distinct memory of my JV girls soccer team once devolving into a fit of giggles on the school bus when our coach said “Whipple Street” — so much so that it became our rallying cry that season.
Recently, Twitter user @henryz pointed out the delight this name elicits, which got us thinking: Which Chicago street names give Whipple a run for its money? A deep dive into Google maps (and the city’s exhaustive data) turned up some serious contenders.
Streets we inexplicably chuckle at every time:
Streets that share your grandparents’ names:
Streets you mispronounced at first if you moved here from somewhere else:
Mies Van Der Rohe Way
Streets that are not Fullerton:
Streets with way too many modifiers:
East Drive of Oakley Ave.
North Water Lower Street
South Water Ramp Lower Street
Sub Lower Wacker Drive
The California Streets:
Alta Vista Terrace
Streets that sound like they should be in other cities:
Avenues A, B, and C
Central Park Ave.
New England Ave.
Streets with elegant French-ass names:
Streets better pronounced with a British accent:
Commodore Whalen Dr.
*Even better with a Scottish accent
Streets that sound like someone tried to mash up “Milwaukee” and “Baltimore”:
Streets that are probably a circle of hell:
Streets names that sound like they came from a novel:
De Koven St.
The absolute best street name:
Ida B. Wells Drive