Some Chicagoans to get new ZIP code

Some Chicagoans to get new ZIP code

There are 33 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 24, 2008, titled Some Chicagoans to get new ZIP code. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Some Chicagoans living in the ZIP code area of 60622 and 60610 will be assigned new ZIP codes that will be effective in July, The Chicago District of the U.S. Postal Service reported.

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Zachary

Cicero, IL

#2 Apr 25, 2008
This is all? Does this mean that those of us in those zip codes need to inform all the people and businesses which send us mail or it won't be delivered? Do you mean that the Post Office will refuse to recognize an address unless it has the correct zip code? What is this, our government continuing to serve us? Can you imagine Macy's or Walmart or Target saying, "We're not going to send you any ad fliers if you don't have the right code WHICH WE ASSIGN TO YOU? Sounds like it's time to privatize the P.O.(On the other hand, does it mean that all the junk mail will stop? If so, keep the P.O.)
ForrestS

Naperville, IL

#3 Apr 25, 2008
Changing zip codes is a far greater hassle than you would imagine. I live in North Beverly and we changed from 60620 to 60643 in February. We still have not been able to update our zip with several companies (American Express, Peoples Gas, T-Mobile). Apparently, these companies and others have a database that automatically assigns a zip to a particular address, and does not allow the CSR to overwrite it. The post office has not issued an update so our address automatically comes up as 60620. After a year, they supposedly will no longer forward our mail.
ZIP

Frisco, TX

#4 Apr 25, 2008
What are the boundaries of "Fort Dearborn"? And how is it different from River North or the Gold Coast? I've never heard of a neighborhood called this before.
SCSnake

United States

#5 Apr 25, 2008
The next thing to do is to see how to get the mail from the carrier's garage to the mailboxes.

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#6 Apr 25, 2008
Yeah, what the heck is Fort Dearborn??? I've never heard of a neighborhood called that...

Especially since Fort Dearborn was located at Michigan and Wacker and never on the far Norh side...
matty

United States

#7 Apr 25, 2008
Where the heck is Fort Dearborn? I mean I know the actual Fort on Michigan Ave, but not a the neighborhood.
President Obama

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 25, 2008
I don't know any of these areas, but it is not fair. I am sure that those who get to keep their zip code are the moneyed people, those that have to change are the poor. Probably all racist intentions.
BCC

AOL

#9 Apr 25, 2008
This should help Chicago keep it's worst mail service record intact. I'm still waiting for the mail I had on hold from last years vacation.When I went to the post office to pick it up they said it was here yesterday,that was 18 months ago they never did find it. They lose mail in their own house what a joke.
Confused

United States

#10 Apr 25, 2008
I've never heard of a Fort Dearborn neighborhood either. Anyone know what the boundaries are?
JK Chicago

Chicago, IL

#11 Apr 25, 2008
Confused wrote:
I've never heard of a Fort Dearborn neighborhood either. Anyone know what the boundaries are?
I believe they are referring to the Ft. Dearborn Post Office, which is bordered by Grand (to the south), Dearborn (to the east), Ohio (to the north) and Clark (the the west).
Chicagoan

United States

#12 Apr 25, 2008
So basically the East Village and River West are going to be 60642. That's really annoying. I'm sure I'm going ti have problems because of this.
Radian

Princeton, IL

#13 Apr 25, 2008
This raises a question I've thought about before:

It seems that Chicago is booming - new construction and people moving back everywhere, to the point where new zip codes are needed, so why is it that the official population (census and yearly estimates) here is always declining?
SCSnake

United States

#14 Apr 25, 2008
Radian wrote:
This raises a question I've thought about before:
It seems that Chicago is booming - new construction and people moving back everywhere, to the point where new zip codes are needed, so why is it that the official population (census and yearly estimates) here is always declining?
Chicago politics has reached the national level
WBKelley

Park Forest, IL

#15 Apr 25, 2008
Out of all the possible 606xx or 607xx combinations, why couldn't the Postal Service pick some "new" ZIP Codes other than the ones that, until recently, designated the Merchandise Mart and Evergreen Park?

This may cause confusion with historical addresses, when so many other number combinations could have been picked. When will the Postal Service start acting like a savvy corporation and not a sleepwalker?

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#16 Apr 25, 2008
It's the price of progress.

Get ready to order new stationary and signage...
CJD

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 25, 2008
Crest Hill, IL received their own zip code almost two years ago and I still have problems getting some computer systems to acknowledge it. Why did they bother to give us our own zip code if it cannot be accepted and recognized as the zip code for Crest Hill? It seems that after two years we shouldn't have any problems.
Jay

Chicago, IL

#18 Apr 25, 2008
Zachary: Yes, I can imagine at least Macy's saying, saying, as you put it, "We're not going to send you any ad fliers if you don't have the right code which we assign to you"?

After all, they assigned Macy's to Marshall Field's against what was polled at the Tribune as over 85% of readers' wishes.
Vulture Breath

Oak Park, IL

#20 Apr 25, 2008
The people losing the sexy 60610 zipcode are NOT going to be happy! Just like the people who get the unsexy 224 area code....
Vinny

Chicago, IL

#21 Apr 25, 2008
I've one the people affected by this change. I have lived in River North for the past six years. The mail service has been pretty non-existent the entire time. We get our mail delivered around 6:30 pm. This change is going to be a disaster because according to the notice I received yesterday, the post office said only to alert "friends and family". They claim everyone else will have it changed automatically. I don't see how my magazine subscriptions, etc will "automatically know". The bottom line is the area has grown and the post office is too lazy or cheap to hire enough bodies to deal with it. Another service in the city that sucks and will continue to get worse.

To the trib: If you're going to report on the story, get all the facts before you start writing it. The article was of absolutely no value to those affected.
Anthony C

Chicago, IL

#22 Apr 25, 2008
Hey WBKelley, good catch on the fact that those ZIP Codes were used elswhere in the past. I thought 60654 looked mighty familiar.

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