Peterson Avenue

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Peterson Avenue Soundex Code P362

6000 N., from 1600 W. to 7720 W. This street is in Edgewater and West Ridge - ONLY

The City Council passed a lengthy ordinance January 14, 1895, rationalizing the street naming system. Because Peterson did not exist before this time, no addresses require conversion.

This street is not listed in the 1895, 1897, 1898, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904 Chicago Blue Book.

The street was named for Pehr Samuel Peterson (1830-1903) who was Chicago’s Swedish Johnny Appleseed. His Rosehill Nursery grew at least 60% of all the trees planted along public streets in the three decades following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Peterson was born in Sweden and came to Chicago in 1854. He leased land for his nursery west of Rosehill Cemetery, along what is now Peterson Avenue. Over the years he developed a technique that allowed him to plant larger trees than his competitors. He also planted all the trees at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and was a founder of Rosehill Cemetery.

West Ridge Addresses

1900 Block

1954 W. Peterson Avenue, Dunkin' Donuts, 2016.

2000 Block

2050 W. Peterson Avenue was "Z" Frank Chevrolet

2100 Block

2112 W. Peterson Avenue, Target Corporation

2136 W. Peterson Avenue was the Thillens Greenhouse.

2152 W. Peterson Avenue, , Gatehouse

2400 Block

2447 W. Peterson Avenue, Anita's Beauty School

2600 Block

2635-1/2 W. Peterson Avenue, Ibrhaims Unisex

2650 W. Peterson Avenue is Green Briar Park.

2800 Block

2838 W. Peterson Avenue was a burned-out building in December 1990.

3000 Block

3058 W. Peterson Avenue, Jimmy Wong's Restaurant

3200 Block

3200 W. Peterson Avenue, Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

3232 W. Peterson Avenue, Peterson Bank

3500 Block

3543 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago Mikvah Associate