Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Interesting Location

Today I was walking home up Lincoln Avenue and saw a beauty school. I don't remember the name, but it had a memorable slogan: "It's not Just Hair... ...it's a Career!" Here's a photo (not taken by me). What made this place notable is that it was located just south of Berenice Avenue. Okay, so what's neat about that?
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Answer: There is a relatively obscure constellation called Coma Berenices, meaning "Berenice's Hair". Its brightest stars are only fourth magnitude, so you probably can't even see it most nights in the city. I wonder whether anyone at the beauty school has made the connection. After all, there's just a two-letter difference between cosmetology and cosmology!

I would love to tell you that the street was similarly named after Queen Berenice II of Egypt. Alas, according to Streetwise Chicago, real estate subdivider Charles F. Ford named it for his daughter. Give Mr. Ford a little credit, though -- most Chicago real estate subdividers named streets after themselves, not their kids!