Maxwell Street is an east-west street in Chicago, Illinois that intersects with Halsted Street just south of Roosevelt Road. It runs at 1330 South in the numbering systerm running from 500 West to 1126 West.Hayner, Don and Tom McNamee, Streetwise Chicago, "Maxwell Street", pp. 83, Loyola University Press, 1988, ISBN 0-8294-0597-6 The Maxwell Street neighborhood is considered part of the Near West Side and is one of the city's oldest residential districts. It is notable as the location of the celebrated Maxwell Street Market and the birthplace of Chicago Blues. A large portion of the area is now the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as well as a new private housing development sponsored by the university.
Maxwell Street first appears on a Chicago map in 1847. It was named for Dr. Philip Maxwell, an early settler. It was originally a wooden plank road that ran from the south branch of the Chicago River west to Blue Island Street. The earliest housing there
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