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If you were going to take an out-of-town visitor down North Sides streets, which streets would you choose that best shows the enormous transformation of the city's North Side?

I'm talking about streets north of Division (and North Avenue is a bit of a question...it still has a downtown nature to it).

Which ones would be best going:

north/south?

east/west?

diagonal?



My choices:

north/south: Damen or Halsted (Halsted for degree of change in different areas...it's a street that transforms itself) and Damen for how a young, creative, artistic Chicago develops

east/west: (eliminating North Ave) Diversey, perhaps Fullerton (Diversey, to me, almost is unidentifiable ever three or four months; that's a new city they're developing there)

diagonal: Lincoln or Clybourn (Lincoln is narrow and dense, feeling more and more urban all the time; Clybourn for how Chicago retail is developing. While less about change and more about the differing worlds of Chicago as you get closer to the core, I'd have to throw in Milw)
 

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Clybourn? That's a joke, right? Sure, there is retail development on the street but it is all trash. Between Fullerton and North there has to be at least 6 strip malls. Total trash.

I like Roscoe between Western and Damen. Ground level retail with apartments/condos above, national as well as local businesses, restaurant variety, lots of vegetation, etc. A great stretch of street.
 

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That Clark St. thread is fuckin unbelievable. Awesome photos, and that is probably the tour I would give to an out of town visitor. You get to slide through a little bit of everything, some of the areas with more character like Uptown, but inevitably you will get to what an out of town visitor is probably curious to see which is Wrigleyville.

I also like the density on Clark once you move past Fullerton...it provides some of the densest angles of downtown from an area closed in by low and highrise development. If you can keep the Jamba Juices and the like out of the view, it makes for a pretty impressive ride.

It gets a little embarassing when you enter River North...Erie through Hubbard always looks like a freak show at night, and is infested with jagoffs on their motorcycles trying to make the loudest noises possible...but that is another thread.
 

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I the map of Clark Street was HUGE!!. I got a car ride on clark once, and try and took the #22(Clark ST) bus, it was amazing. Try and go on Clark at Cermak and all the way north to evanston. SO many neighborhoods.

Belmont is a good W-E street on the northside. Maybe Halsted for N-S.
 

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For the new transformation of the North Side? Yeah, I'd say Halsted or Southport for north-south, maybe Lawrence for east-west (just because Diversey has been pretty well-off for a while, whereas Uptown is really experiencing a revival), and Clark for diagonal.
 
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