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Chums Corner, Michigan
Location within Grand Traverse County
Location within Grand Traverse County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Grand Traverse
Township Blair
 • Total 2.66 sq mi (6.89 km2)
 • Land 2.66 sq mi (6.89 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
889 ft (271 m)
 • Total 946
 • Density 355.6/sq mi (137.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 231
GNIS feature ID 6223278

Chums Corner is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Grand Traverse County in the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2010 census, the population was 946. The community is located within Blair Township.


Around 1932 Deronda "Chum" Crandall and his wife Eva began operating a gas station and a grocery store at a major highway intersection a few miles south of Traverse City. Over the years the intersection became known as "Chum's Corners". Chum sold the business and retired in 1953, and died in Traverse City in early 1959.


The community is located in northern Blair Township at the intersection of U.S. Route 31 and M-37, 7 miles (11 km) south of Traverse City, the Grand Traverse County seat, and 23 miles (37 km) east of Beulah via US-31. M-37 leads south 12 miles (19 km) to Buckley. The CDP extends west to include the eastern shore of Silver Lake within Blair Township. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), all of it land.


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