Paulina Avenue

N Paulina St & W Bloomingdale Ave Chicago

Bizarre Chicago
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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.

Here at Paulina Avenue are the old buildings from the Felt and Tarrant Manufacturing Company, creators of the wildly successful key-driven mechanical calculator known as a "Comptometer." (The original prototype is in Smithsonian Museum today.) At their peak, in today's dollars, the company was generating over $1 Billion in annual revenue. Paulina Ave is named for the wife of real estate subdivider Ruben Taylor.

Did you see the hit movie Hidden Figures? The machines the women were using to calculate the space shots were Comptometers.

Nearby Gems

One block north, visit the beer garden of the haunted Bucktown Pub, or snarf down an award winning burger at Cortlands Garage. Exit the trail at Walsh Park then walk to Cortland Street.

Bucktown Pub
Cortlands Garage
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