Marshfield Avenue

1800 N Marshfield Ave Chicago

Bizarre Chicago: The 606/Marshfield Avenue
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Bizarre Chicago, run by Bucktown-Wicker Park resident Gordon Meyer, offers unique and entertaining neighborhood walking tours. The top-rated and popular small-group tours focus on forgotten history, unexplained mysteries, and ghost stories.

As you walk The 606 you might see signs on the nearby streets that say "Welcome to Bucktown" and "Welcome to Wicker Park." These are placed by two different neighborhood organizations, both of which lay claim to this part of the city.

Neighborhood boundaries are largely imaginary and the lines tend to shift over the years. They're also influenced by real estate agents who will label a location with whatever name raises the property's value based on current popular opinion.

Historically, the road that runs parallel to the railway, Bloomingdale Avenue, was regarded as the dividing line between the two neighborhoods. Today, many people (but not all) would say that North Avenue marks the boundary.

The city park here, Walsh Park, is named for Chicago Fire Fighter Jack Walsh. He was killed by injuries suffered while fighting a factory fire at this location in July 1970. The land where the factory stood was converted to a park in his honor.

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