So fast forward 104 years later into a car with Mr. and Mrs. FixIt trying to find 111 E. Chestnut. This is an easy task I know that Chestnut is north of Chicago Ave, Chicago Ave is 800 N block of the City. Also, Michigan Ave is the 100 East block of the City. So, I knew my destination was just north of Chicago Ave and slightly east of Michigan avenue. Google maps told the Mrs. that the destination was in fact on the West side of Michigan ave, at which point I said that cannot be true and Google was wrong. (Google, if you are reading this, I apologize for questioning your knowledge, oh and thank you for the pictures contained in this post.) "Discussion" was being had between my wife and I that I am sure was comical and at the same time slightly uncomfortable to those in the car with us. So, stubbornly, I drive to the location in which the building should be and it was not. Being that it took forever to circle the block was not helping the situation. My grid system of perfect coordinates and reference points had failed me and my wife and technology were sitting in the passenger seat saying "I told you so." Ugh, what happened? I know that Michigan is 100 East, so it HAS to be east of Mich Ave, not west. So I figured that Mich Ave does jog a little east as it goes north, maybe north of the river it is 150 East and not 100 east. This would give reason to the fact that 111 East was still west of Mich Ave and I could just chalk up another piece of knowledge in my directional database. That was until we passed the sign below. It proves Mich Ave was still considered 100 East, and addresses with numbers greater than 100 E should still be on the east side of Mich Ave.
I don't really have a moral to the story other than shedding light on the difference in directions between the sexes. So, even armed with a century old system and almost 20 years of experience navigating the City, my wife chose to place her trust in the pin on a google map. Ultimately it appears there is a flaw in the street numbering system in Chicago, a numbering system more than likely created by just men. So there in, it remains, that women are always right.
Anyone have any insight into why navigating a car can be so difficult for a couple to do?
(Google, if you are reading this, I apologize for questioning your knowledge, oh and thank you for the pictures contained in this post.)