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Chicago's honorary brown street signs, days, and commemorative honors; the who, what, where, when and why.  Honorary Chicago guide book, maps, biographies, history, trivia, tours, and gifts.

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2nd Annual - Honorary Signs Tour of State Street with the Chicago History Museum

Linda Zabors

Sunday, August 6th at 2pm

Honorary Chicago Street Signs Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered who the people are who have honorary streets named for them?

Explore State Street as you have never seen it before - through the stories of the famous, infamous, and obscure people who made Chicago great.  

Join the Chicago History Museum as it presents the second annual
Honorary Street Signs Walking tour
with the author of the Honorary Chicago Guidebook, Linda Zabors

Walking tour of Chicago's Brown Honorary Street Signs along State Street

2pm in the lobby of the Harold Washington Library Center on Sunday, August 6th

Approximately 90 minutes and 1 mile

 

Robert Borgstrom Way

Linda Zabors

Robert Borgstrom was the president of the family owned Wendella boat company which offers private charters, public tours, and water taxi service on the Chicago River.  

The Wendella docks have been located along side the Wrigley Building since 1938.  His son, Michael Borgstrom is the third generation and the current president of the company.

 

Wendella began providing a commuter River Bus service to and from Michigan Avenue and the Northwest Train Station in 1962.  Wendella provided the first history and architecture tours of Chicago by boat on the Chicago River.

The company was started in 1935 by Robert's father Albert Borgstrom, who had emigrated from Sweden to Chicago. The fourth generation of the Borgstrom family now works at Wendella Boats.

Wendella Boats celebrated 80 years in 2015.


Robert Borgstrom Way

Kinzie Street at Rush Street near the main dock for Wendella Boats at the Chicago River.

Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile

 

Now on mobile

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Free in the Honorary Bob Collection

Wendella Boats, History (Ret. May 30, 2017)

Honorary Bob Goes Mobile

Linda Zabors

Introducing...

HONORARY BOB

10 Bob, Robert, and Roberta with honorary streets, structures, and statues named for them in Chicago

Now available on the Vamonde app

Search: bob

MEET

Bob Bell

Bob Collins

Bob Fosse

Robert Borgstrom

Robert Lundergan

Robert Abbott

Roberta Lieberman

Bob Pasterelli

Bob Newhart

General Robert Wood

 

Terrence Callier Way

Linda Zabors

Terrence Collier Way - by request from a fan

"Would you be so kind as to tell me where Terrance Callier way is.
I'm a British expat, now living in Chicago, and Terry Callier' s music was very important to me growing up."

Yes, we take requests! - contact us

Terry Collier

Terrence Collier was a musician and vocalist who used his voice as an instrument.  His distinctive style and arrangement was an eclectic blend of Folk, Soul, Jazz, and African music.

For much of his life Terrence was more influential than he was famous. His career began early; in high school he recorded with Chess Records. He released albums between 1968 and 1978 on labels such as Electra and Cadet.  He also wrote songs and arranged music.

In the years before his 1998 comeback with the album "TimePeace," he trained and worked as a computer programmer.  In his late 50s he was able to quit his day job and return to his dream job - performing his music. 

Terrence was born in Chicago and lived in the Cabrini-Green housing projects.  He learned and practiced music in the local Chicago park field house. He was contemporaries with Curtis Mayfield and many other talented Cabrini alumni.  Terrence said this of his early experience and musical influence:

On any summer night you could walk by [the field house] and hear fantastic music – these guys could blow, and there were girl groups that sounded like angels... I learned early on to listen to everything – classical music and ethnic music from Africa and Middle East, and it all comes out in your work.

Listen to Terry Collier on YouTube


Terrence Callier Way

Northwest corner of Sedgwick Street and Elm Street, cul-du-sac of Elm Street just west of pedestrian walkway at Seward Park near field house where Terrence played.

Approved: October 2016
Ward: 27
Alderman: Burnett
Neighborhood: Cabrini/Seward Park
Dedicated: June 16, 2017

May 24, 1945 - October 27, 2012

Crane High School

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

Chicago Tribune, Terry Callier: Farewell to a distinctive Chicago voice, October 30, 2012
New York Times

Free Father's Day Tour of the Chicago Riverwalk

Linda Zabors

Join us this Sunday at 1pm for a free walking tour by Honorary Chicago.  

The first 8 fathers to take the tour will get a complementary copy of the Honorary Chicago Guidebook. 

 

Meet on the river side near Orleans Street and the statue of Montgomery Ward.

1pm Sunday, June 18th

 
Look for the Honorary Chicago Tour Flag

Look for the Honorary Chicago Tour Flag

 
 
 

FF Bill Grant Way

Linda Zabors

Firefighter Bill Grant served the Chicago Fire Department for 21 years and died in the line of duty when his truck overturned while responding to a fire.

In 2001 he was honored by Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago for his rescue of a 70-year old disabled woman from a house fire.

His father and brother were also Chicago firefighters.


 

Approved February 2017
Ward: 19
Alderman: O'Shea

West 90th Street and South Hoyne Avenue

Truck 51
March 23, 2007. Age 44.


National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: William F. Grant
FirefightingLinks

Bob Collins Way

Linda Zabors

Bob Collins was a very popular morning radio personality on WGN AM 720 Radio. To listeners, and to everyone, he was "Uncle Bobby." 

This is one of my earliest tributes done after the untimely death of the legendary morning host at WGN AM 720 in Chicago. It was made for the Radio Hall of Fame at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago in February of 2000.
Steve Cochran, Orion Samuelson, Andrea Darlas, Dave Eanet and Mary Van De Velde toast Bob Collins with some Jack Daniel's on what would have been Bob's 75th birthday.

Bob Collins died in a private plane accident. February 8, 2000

WGN Radio Walk of Fame

WGN Radio Walk of Fame

Bob Collins was inducted into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame in 2014.

This commemorative plaque is located in the sidewalk of Pioneer Court aside the Showcase radio studio of the Tribune Building.


Bob Collins Way

East Illinois Street at Cityfront Plaza

Near the WGN Radio Studio in the Tribune Tower

February 8, 2000

Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile

 

Now on mobile

Honorary Bob Collins Way
in the Honorary Bob Collection
Search: Bob

Bobby Cann Way

Linda Zabors

Bicyclist, 26-year old Bobby Cann, was killed by a motorist while on his commute home from work. He had been a avid cyclist and advocate for bicycle awareness, safe biking and driving practices, and dedicated bike lanes. 

Two weeks before his death he participated in the Ride of Silence, the 3rd Wednesday in May, to raise awareness and mourn the loss of bicyclists.

The City of Chicago installed protected bike lanes along the stretch of street where the accident took place. The driver was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated drunk driving.


Bobby Cann Way

Northwest corner of Clybourn and Larrabee

Approved: September 2013
Ward: 27
Alderman: Burnett
Dedication: October 25, 2013

Neighborhood: Old Town / Clybourn Corridor

May 29, 2013. Age 26.

 

Memorial ghost bike, on Clybourn, one block south of sign on east side of street


Bobby Cann, Huffington Post (Ret. May 30, 2017)
Bobby Cann Memorial, DNAinfo (Ret. May 30, 2017)
Memorial for Cyclist Robert Cann, Tribune (Ret. May 30, 2017)

Shannon Dell Way

Linda Zabors

Karen Grace Jones, known to radio listeners as Shannon Dell, was one of the top DJs in Chicago radio at WGCI and WNND (previously WPMT) radio.  She was a music programmer and an on-air personality know for her independent spirit, her great big laugh, and her tagline. Her listeners knew she was "lovin' you like a sister."  

Video YouTube: uppermidwestaircheck

She looked out for her sisters and brothers and the African-American community.  In 1991 Shannon Dell challenged her employer on the disparity in pay between herself and her male counterparts. She did not win, but her efforts drew national attention and raised awareness about discrimination in the workplace .  Shannon was a staunch advocate of women and minorities and was eager to help those who desired to work in field of broadcasting.

 
"Forget radio, forget black and forget woman: (Jones) was a charming person with a big heart who had very strong convictions about people and life,"
- Jack Holiday, a friend and co-worker
(Chicago Tribune)

Karen Grace Jones (Shannon Dell) was born and raised in Cincinnati.  Before coming to Chicago she worked in radio in Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.


Shannon Dell Way

Michigan Avenue at Lake Street
Neighborhood: Cultural Mile

Near the radio station where she once worked.

March 1998. Age 43.

 

Corporal Albert Bitton Place

Linda Zabors

Albert Bitton grew up in West Rogers Park.  After high school he joined the Army as a medic with ambitions for a medical career.  He was so suited to the role that his patients called him "Doc." He was deployed to Iraq in 2007; unfortunately he died during a raid in the following year. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart posthumously.



Approved 2009
Ward: 
Alderman: Stone
Neighborhood: West Rogers Park

July 13, 1087 - February 19, 2008. Age 20.

School:
Ida Crown Jewish Academy

Army Medic
1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

 
 

 

Honorable Clark Burrus Way

Linda Zabors

Clark Burrus was the head of Finance for the City of Chicago and later Vice Chairman of Chicago's largest bank and an expert in issues pertaining to minorities in public finance.  He was born and raised in Chicago.

After graduating from Roosevelt University in 1954 with his undergraduate degree he worked for the City of Chicago. During his 25 years with the City he served under 7 Chicago Mayors. He became Comptroller of the City of Chicago in 1973. In this role he was the head of the Department of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Chicago. He was the first African-American to hold this office.

Burrus had many great achievements during his career with the City. He established billions of dollars in capital improvements for Chicago infrastructure including the CTA, Metra, and Pace. He also brought Chicago's accounting practices in order; under his leadership the City of Chicago earned a AA-bond rating.  This was important because in 1979 the whole country was engulfed in an economic crisis.  Having a strong credit rating was immensely helpful in getting Chicago through financial tough times.

Several bank acquisitions and mergers occurred in the 1990s and 2000s. First National Bank of Chicago is now known as Chase Bank.

Next Clark worked First National Bank of Chicago from 1979 until 1988.  He retired as Vice Chairman of Capital Markets and was the co-leader of Public Banking. 

Watch this Chicago History Museum oral history with Clark Burrus from May 22, 2012

His civic involvements were many; he was on the board of several Chicago organizations including: Chicago Council of Urban Affairs, The Economic Development Council, The Harold Washington Foundation, Urban Gateways.  


Honorable Clark Burrus Way

Ward: 42
Alderman: Reilly
Neighborhood: Loop

November 5, 1928 - June 17, 2015. Age 86

Englewood High School. 1946
Roosevelt University MPA, Master of Public Administration 1972

 

New Honorary Signs - May 2017

Linda Zabors

Three new honorary streets were approved in Chicago this month


Honorable Clark Burrus Way

Ward: 42
Alderman: Reilly
Neighborhood: Loop

Mr Burrus was the comptroller for the City of Chicago in the 1970s  and had a remarkable career in finance. (more...)

 

Dr. Lorraine R. Broyls Way

Ward: 34
Alderman: Austin
Neighborhood: Beverly

Dr. Broyles is the founder and CEO of Universal Family Connection (UFC), a group dedicated to providing comprehensive social services to the community. (more...)

 

Blair Delane Holt Way

Ward: 34
Alderman: Austin
Neighborhood: Washington Heights

A high school student who was killed while shielding his classmates from gunfire.

The sign dedication marked the 10th anniversary of his death. (more...)

 

24 New Honorary Streets as of May 2017

Source: Journal of the Chicago City Council. analysis: Honorary Chicago
 

Note: in February 2017 the rules changed.  Going forward each ward is only allowed 2 new honorary signs per year. 


Dr. Lorraine R. Broyls

Linda Zabors

Lorraine is the founder and CEO of the Universal Family Connection (UFC) not-for-profit, a group dedicated to providing public service to families that are highly effective and comprehensive in scope.    

 
 
Through child welfare and family services, UFC’s aim is to help families remedy conditions of risk, and to thrive and function in ways that promote the psychological, emotional health, and social development of all family members.
        source: UFC Facebook page

UFC has partnered with many pubic assistance programs and government agencies at the city and state level.


 

Honorary Dr. Lorraine R. Broyls Way
1350 W. 103rd street
(Outside UFC location)

Approved: May 2017
Ward: 34
Alderman: Austin
Neighborhood: Beverly
Dedicated: TBD


KARTEMQUIN WAY

Linda Zabors

Kartemquin is a documentary film production house started in Chicago in 1966 with their first production "Home for Life."

The honorary sign was dedicated to mark the 50th anniversary of the company and the remarkable body of work KTQ has produced.

The name KARTEMQUIN is a combination of the last names of the three founders: Stan Karter, Jerry Temaner and Gordon Quinn; and a play on the name of a 1925 film "The Battleship Potemkin."

"Democracy through Documentary" 


Sign Approved: 2016
Ward: 32
Alderman: Waguespack
Neighborhood: Lakeview


Kartemquin Films IMDB

K9S For Veterans Way

Linda Zabors

K9s for Veterans is a Chicago area Non-profit which takes shelter dogs and trains them as service dogs for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

 

The honorary sign commemorates the opening of their new training center on Roosevelt Road.

 

Approved February 2017
Ward: 29
Alderman: Taliaferro

5430 West Roosevelt Road

Dedicated: March 18, 2017


Upcoming Events by K9s for Veterans


Celebrate Flag Days

Linda Zabors

Honorary Chicago celebrates Flag Days!

BE IT RESOLVED, That We, the Mayor, and the members of the Chicago City Council assembled this twenty-ninth day of March, 2017 celebrate the centennial of our flag by designating the fourth day of April as "Chicago Flag Day" in the City of Chicago.

Chicago Flag Day - April 4th


Whereas, the United States of America celebrates the adoption of the stars and stripes design by Betsy Ross on June 14, 1777; the year after independence was won from the British.  

US Flag Day - June 14th


Whereas, the State of Illinois adopted it's official flag, a variation of the official Illinois State Seal, on July 6, 1915.  Lucy Durwent, of the Rockford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was the winner of the Illinois State Flag design competition sponsored by the DAR.