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If the Grand Avenue Corridor exists, where is it?

by Joe Zekas on 3/18/13

If you do a Google search for the Chicago neighborhood that TimeOut calls the Grand Avenue Corridor you won’t find many results. And you won’t find any solid guidance as to the neighborhood’s boundaries.

The March 14 issue of TimeOut offers some teaser clues to the neighborhood’s location:

Advantages Close to Randolph Street restaurants; easy access to public transportation (Blue Line, multiple bus routes); quick bike trip to the Loop; home to time-honored Italian bakeries and restaurants

Disadvantages Lacks green space; neighborhood butts up against the noisy above-ground El tracks on Lake Street to the south

The photo captions that accompany the article only sow confusion. Piccolo Sogno, Halsted and Grand, is in the Fulton River District. “Ohio Street, West of Grand Avenue in Grand Aveneue Corridor” does not, of course, exist. Ohio and Ada and D’amato’s Bakery are in a no-name part of West Town that some call Noble Square.

An earlier TimeOut article referred variously to the “Grand Avenue corridor” and “Grand Avenue Design District,” and included addresses in Ukrainian Village and East Village.

Is there a neighborhood that locals recognize as the Grand Avenue Corridor? If so, what are its boundaries?

TimeOut serves up recommendations on five neighborhoods that will be “the next Logan Square.” Logan Square’s a sprawling neighborhood, and some of TimeOut’s “neighborhoods to buy property in now” may prove to be the next Logan Square in ways you wouldn’t want to buy into now.

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Mark March 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Also, the information on Tri-Taylor is a little misleading/incorrect in this article. This area is not known for “restaurants” but does have its share of street-fare type foods like pizza, subs, tacos, gyros, hot dogs, etc. Albeit, the article mentions other neighborhoods with restaurants, but those other areas are not within walking distance from Tri-Taylor. Also, some of the pictures in the article are of restaurants on Taylor Street two neighborhoods east of here in University Village/Little Italy. My question is, why include pictures of restaurants two neighborhoods away?

Also, as far as I know, Claremont Park is not an official dog park, although from what I’ve seen people have been taking their dogs there.

I give credit to the article by including the area west of Western Avenue to the train tracks a couple blocks west as a part of Tri-Taylor, whereas I notice a lot of maps online like to use Western Avenue as the western boundary. Although, the article referred to the train tracks as “Metra” tracks, when in fact they are just freight tracks.

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D.G. March 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Great question. I live in the area. We all refer to it as West Town, which is really a family of neighborhoods.

Here are my totally unofficial boundaries for the Grand Avenue Corridor.

East: Kennedy Expressway (border with River West)
West: Ashland Avenue (border with East Village)
South: Kinzie Street (border with Fulton Market)
North: Erie Street

In other words, Piccolo Sogno is out of the area. (Great place, though, and, obviously, nearby).

A note on one of the area’s supposed disadvantages: The Grand Avenue Corridor includes Otis Elementary, which has a large green space that is open to the public. Immediately adjacent to Otis is the small but dog-friendly Bickerdike Park.

My only beef with the Grand Avenue Corridor name is that it sounds like a place merely to pass through rather than the destination it is becoming.

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David March 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Maybe the Fulton River District and River West aren’t cool enough for TimeOut, so they’re inventing new names for those neighborhoods.

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pedro March 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I like Grand Avenue Corridor.

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