Chicago Landmarks

Milwaukee Avenue District

1500-block of Milwaukee Avenue     Address: Predominantly the 1200-1600 blocks of North Milwaukee Avenue, the 1500-block of North Damen Avenue, and the 1900- through 2000-blocks of West North Avenue.
Year Built: 1870 - 1929
Architect: Various
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: April 9, 2008

North Avenue Baths The Milwaukee Avenue District, located in the West Town community area, is one of the most intact commercial streets from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries in Chicago. The district's broad range of architectural styles is a reflection of its history spanning five decades of development; styles include the Italianate, Queen Anne, Classical Revival, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco. Milwaukee Avenue began as an early trade route and matured into an important commercial street for Chicago's economic development. Waves of immigration and shifting ethnic populations in the Milwaukee Avenue District convey important themes of the city's social history. The blending of the distinct variety of cultural histories displayed in the architecture of the buildings creates a "city within the city" along the Milwaukee Avenue District.

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