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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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Mid-America Club - Tour Chicago from the 80th floor

Linda Zabors

Honorary Chicago presents

Tour from Atop

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Chicago's ten tallest buildings viewed from the private club on the top floor of the Aon Center

Saturday, July 21, 2018

 
 
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The Mid-America Club

200 East Randolph Street
Aon Building, 80th floor
Chicago, IL, 60601

10:30 AM  Chicago Inside and Out Tour

$15 includes the tour and brunch refreshments

Reservations required
Contact the Mid-America Club (312) 861-1100

 

Gorale Podhalanscy Way

Linda Zabors

The Gorale are an ethnic group from the Carpathian mountain highlands of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Ukraine.

The Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America is located near Archer Avenue and Pulaski Avenue in Chicago and was founded in 1929.


Honorary Gorale Podhalanscy Way

 

South Archer between Hamlin and Lawndale

Approved: 2018

Ward: 14
Alderman: Burke and Reboyras (30)
Neighborhood: Archer Heights

Polish Highlander Alliance of North America
4808 S. Archer Avenue

Inez Loredo Street

Linda Zabors

Throughout her life, Inez Loredo broke through barriers and took on increasingly large roles helping children in the Pilsen neighborhood get access to education and build a strong community. In 1921 Inez was born in Harlingen, Texas. She was the first Mexican-American woman in her town to graduate from high school. 

When she moved to Chicago she was very involved in her children's school, Jungman Elementary, where she was first bi-lingual PTA member. She took on the role of School Community Representative (SCR) at Jungman where she helped local families enroll their children in school; she often acted as translator. Inez was instrumental in getting bilingual teachers hired into the Chicago Public Schools. She helped build high schools, libraries, and healthcare centers. She also founded the Fiesta de Sol; it became the largest Latino festival in the midwest. 


Honorary Inez Loredo Street

 

Morgan Street from West 16th to West 18th

Approved: 2018

Ward: 25
Alderman: Solis
Neighborhood: Pilsen

Birthplace: Harlingen, Texas.
November 7, 1921
October 7, 2017

Honorary Chicago on CRIS Radio

Linda Zabors

Linda Zabors was interviewed by Ruth Fairfax Frazier and Marshall Mathews on Tuesday, May 8

 Linda Zabors, author of the Honorary Chicago series, at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

Linda Zabors, author of the Honorary Chicago series, at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

Broadcast: May 8, 2018

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This episode includes information on the history of Chicago's honorary streets and the street grid system, recent changes to the honorary signs program, and the stories behind several signs including:

Dolores Mueller Bajda
Ann Landers
Dr Henry Betts
WOOGMS
Gene Chandler
Bill Veeck
Confucius
Bernarda Wong
Mother Teresa
Ida B. Wells
Stone Temple Baptist Church
Edward Brennan
Swami Vivekananda
Bob Fosse
Senn Centennial
Pat Sajak
Jesse White

The Honorary Chicago Guidebook and series are printed in the United States in large print for the enjoyment of the visually impaired and the comfort of all readers.

 Marshall Mathews and Ruth Fairfax Frazier, of CRIS Radio with the Honorary Chicago Guidebook

Marshall Mathews and Ruth Fairfax Frazier, of CRIS Radio with the Honorary Chicago Guidebook

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The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

The Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS Radio) is located at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. It is a public service which provides daily news read on-air for the benefit of the vision impaired.  Ruth Fairfax Frazier is the founder of the FAACT organization and hosts a daily broadcast on CRIS radio.

The interview can be found on the Lighthouse for the Blind website. 
https://chicagolighthouse.org/podcasts/

The FAACT Organization: The Forum to Achieve Altruism, Compassion, and Tolerance
Building Communities ~ Strengthening Nations (BCSN)

Steve Lombardo Way

Linda Zabors

Steve Lombardo is co-owner of the Gibsons Restaurant Group

Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House
Quartinos Pizzeria and Wine Bar
Luxe Bar

RL - The Ralph Lauren Restaurant
The Polo Bar (New York City, 2015)

Gibsons opened in May 1989.  Opening night was full of notable people and events including the engagement of Candice Jordan to her husband Chuck, their photo on this occasion is on a wall at Gibsons. Also, former owner and Bears Football #42 MVP and Quarterback, Sid Luckman.

Steve and his wife, Peggy, are long time supporters of Misericoria and received the Sister Rosemary Connelly Service Medallion Award.


 

Approved: February 2017
Ward: 42
Alderman: Reilly
100 East Bellevue Place
Neighborhood: Gold Coast

Dedicated: 2017
Steve Lombardo's honorary sign is located outside the Gibson's Restaurant


Honorary North Halsted and Broadway

Linda Zabors

Honorary North Halsted and Broadway tour on the Vamonde App

A vibrant and progressive community since before the Lake View Township was annexed by Chicago in 1889. Explore the pioneering schools, healthcare, institutions, restaurants, nightlife, art, and people of Chicago's official Boystown. 

Located just South and East of Wrigley Field and neighboring Wrigleyville. 

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Honorary Streets TEDx presentation at Mid-America Club

Linda Zabors

Chicago's historian of brown honorary street signs gave a brief presentation at the TEDx-IIT and Toastmasters event held at the Mid-America Club atop the Aon building this month.

 Honorary Chicago Guidebook author, Linda Zabors, presenting at Mid-America Club TEDx-IIT pitch event

Honorary Chicago Guidebook author, Linda Zabors, presenting at Mid-America Club TEDx-IIT pitch event

About 20 presenters gave TEDx pitches with topics ranging from blockchain and futurism to personal stories of triumph. 

Honorary Chicago New Signs Class of 2017

Linda Zabors

Annual report of the newly designated brown honorary signs in Chicago for the year 2017

There were 41 new honorary signs in 2017, this is down from 85 in 2016

A landmark change to the qualifications significantly reduced the number of honorees from 2017 forward.  This change took effect after the February 2017 Chicago City Council meeting.

List is alphabetical by first name OR title AS IT appearS THE on sign

Class of 2017

ALEKO KONSTANTINOV WAY

AVENIDA CARMEN ESCARZAGA

BLAIR DELANE HOLT

COACH KIRK VIDAS WAY

DEE JAY RODRIGUEZ WAY

DONALD SANSONE

DOUG BOSTIC

DR. EDWARD & MILDRED CRUZAT WAY

DR. LORRAINE R. BROYLS WAY

EDWARD G. IRVIN

ESTHER GOLAR WAY

FF BILL GRANT WAY 

FRED SAUFNAUER WAY

GEORGE 'POPPIE' BLACK, SR. WAY

HONORABLE CLARK BURRUS WAY

JAVIER 'JAVY' BAEZ WAY

JOE MANTEGNA WAY

K9S FOR VETERANS WAY

KEVIN RYAN WAY

LUCY GONZALEZ PARSONS WAY

MARTHA LAVEY

MICHAEL 'DYKO' PRESBITERO

MIGUEL SUAREZ 

MONSIGNOR DOLAN DRIVE

OFFICER MICHAEL FLISK AVENUE

OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA WAY

PASTOR EARL GRANDBERRY, SR. WAY

PETER J. MARTINEZ WAY

P.F.C. JOSEPH M. SCHALLMOSER

PHIL JONES

PHILIP O. COLEMAN

POWISLE DABROWSKIE WAY

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE

STEVE LOMBARDO WAY

TEMPLE SHOLOM WAY

THE SELFHELP HOME

THERESA M. PETTY-PHILPOT WAY

VINCE GAVIN WAY

WALTER L. WILLIAMS

ZIEMIA MONIEKA WAY

ZIEMIA PODHALANSKA

 

And in other Honorary Chicago news...

DEDICATION OF HORSE OF HONOR PUBLIC ART MEMORIAL TO FALLEN POLICE OFFICER DANIEL E. HOWARD

 

Hugh M. Hefner Way

Linda Zabors

 Honorary Hugh M. Hefner Way, with remnant of former (presumably stolen) sign below it. March 2015 Photo: Honorary Chicago 

Honorary Hugh M. Hefner Way, with remnant of former (presumably stolen) sign below it. March 2015
Photo: Honorary Chicago 

Hugh Hefner was the founder of Playboy Magazine and a legend in his own time

Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy Magazine in 1953 with a nude centerfold of Marilyn Monroe.  That was the beginning of his adult entertainment empire which included clubs, television, music, literature, interviews with historic figures, and lots of controversy.

Hugh grew up on Chicago's Northwest side and attended Chicago Public Schools: Sayer Elementary School and Steinmetz High School. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Hugh graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1949.

Playboy Enterprises was located in Chicago from its inception until the headquarters moved to California in 2012.

The original Playboy Mansion was in the Gold Coast neighborhood at 1340 N. State Parkway. It is now a condominium building.

The first Playboy Club was located at 116 E. Walton Street.  This building and address no longer exist.

 

Hugh M. Hefner Way

Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Dedicated: April 11, 2000

April 9, 1926 - September 27, 2017
Age 91.

The honorary sign is located outside 919 N. Michigan Avenue, the former headquarters of Playboy Enterprises.  This building is also known as the Palmolive Building and is recognizable in the Chicago skyline by the bright light atop the building. 

 

Due to recent changes in Chicago's Honorary Street program, new honorary signs can no longer honor a living person.  Hugh Hefner Way was installed before this change; he was one of the last surviving honorees.


Honorary Sign FAQ

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

 

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