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