Illinois Street

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500 N. from 597 E. to 392 W.

The "ininiwek," of which "Illinois" is a corruption, were once a powerful Native American confederacy. The first part of ininiwek, "inini," was a Native American word for "man." But, the French settlers pronounced it as "illini." And, the Native American plural for inini was ininiwek. However, the French settlers substituted their own plural ending, "ois." Hence the word "Illinois."