Here’s a fun time-suck for your afternoon, courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society: a searchable document listing the history behind the naming of Chicago’s streets, avenues and boulevards, from Abbott to Zion.
Half the city’s residents will be disappointed to know they live on a block memorializing some long-dead real estate developer, or his wife, daughter or friend. (Picture Trump Tower dwellers 150 years from now.) Other streets have far more interesting and, literally, noble origins:
Remember, if your boss swings by and asks what you’re up to, it’s technically not a lie to answer, “Research.”