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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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Joel Hall - a portrait

Linda Zabors

Joel Hall - Awakening the dancer in everyone's soul.

Posted by Honorary Chicago on Friday, December 4, 2015

Congratulations Joel!

Honorary Joel Hall Way is outside his dance studio at 5965 N. Clark Street

The Joel Hall Youth Dance Company

Linda Zabors

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret...

Posted by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Visit Honorary Joel Hall Way outside the Joel Hall Dance Center

Veterans Day 2015

Linda Zabors

Their names are on brown honorary signs all over Chicago - but did you know that many of them also served in the United States military?  Here are a few of the honorees and their branches of service.  Click the map markers to learn more.

Jewel Stradford Lafontant Day in Chicago September 17, 2001

Linda Zabors

Jewel Stradford Lafontant was a very impressive Chicagoan; throughout her life she was at the forefront of fighting segregation and the mistreatment of individuals in all forms.

Jewel Stradford Lafontant in 1946 was the first African-American woman to earn a law degree from the University of Chicago.  While a student she led protests and took legal action against local restaurants that discriminated against black patrons.

She began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society. In 1963 she won a case before the Supreme Court defending her client against a forced confession while in police custody. This was one of the cases which led to the 1966 adoption of the Miranda warnings to protect the rights of the accused. 

Jewel Lafontant ascended to high ranks in the US government.  In 1955 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed her assistant US Attorney for the Illinois Northern District.  She went on to become the highest ranking woman in President Richard Nixon's administration as US Deputy Solicitor General in 1973.   In 1989 President George H. W. Bush  appointed her ambassador-at-large for refugee affairs at the State Department. 

Jewel Lafontant was on Ebony Magazine's list of the 100 most influential black Americans.  She was also on the board of directors of several large companies and institutions.  She served in leadership positions with the Chicago National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

The City of Chicago honored her with Jewel Stradford Lafontant Day in Chicago September 17, 2011 on the occasion of the dedication of her honorary street sign Jewel Stradford Lafontant Way. 

Jewel Stradford Lafontant-Mankarious, April 28, 1922 – May 31, 1997.

Born in Chicago
Oberlin College
University of Chicago Law School

NYT Obituary




Veterans and Honorary Chicago

Linda Zabors

Captain James A. Lovell Jr.  U.S. Navy pilot and NASA Astronaut - Apollo Program.    Photo: L Zabors/Honorary Chicago

Captain James A. Lovell Jr.  U.S. Navy pilot and NASA Astronaut - Apollo Program.    Photo: L Zabors/Honorary Chicago


Honorary Chicago on Veterans Day

If you are passing by any of these Chicago honorary streets (the ones with the brown signs) give a salute in honor of Veterans Day.  

(in no particular order)

Veterans Street
POW/MIA Avenue
AMVETS Post 243 Way
Private First Class Milton Lee Olive III (Olive Park)
Captain Ernest A. Griffin Place
Captain William J Hurley Drive
Captain L. Brenton Way
Captain William Pinkney Way
Captain James A. Lovell Way
Corporal Albert Bitten Place
Corporal John Thomas Olson U.S.M.C. 
Commander Richard J McCurrie Drive
Lieutenant T. C. Merrell Way
Private First Class Omar E. Torres Way
U.S. Marine Thomas L. Miller Way

Bill Veeck Drive
Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner Drive
Ed Paschke Way
Edward J Moskala Drive
George M. Burditt Place
Jay J. G. Schatz Way
Jesse C. White Way
Jim Murray Way
Lester J. Anixter Way
Mike Royko

Paul Ash Way
Phillip H. Corboy Ct.
Quentin J. Sisco Way
Robert F. Lundergan Way
Deacon Rudy Schoewe Way
Donald E. Mikesh Jr Way
Dr Paul P. Krolik, D.D.S. Way
Harry G. Comerford Way
Henry Ford II Bridge
Ray A. Kroc Way
Will S. Sider Way
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Ct.
Casimir Pulaski Way

Did I miss any?  Let me know!  - Linda

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