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Marge Britton Way

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Marguerite Ann Britton, a journalist and a community activist for the Edgewater Neighborhood. She was a free lance writer, a feature editor for the Skokie News, and served on the staff of the 48th Ward. As a public relations professional she also served the Chicago Realtors Association.

She was the President of the Lakewood/Balmoral Residents Council, the first meeting was held in her living room. This group encouraged many more neighborhood groups over the years. Marge and the Council was also instrumental in claiming the Ward office for neighborhood residents and electing a local Alderman who was unaffiliated with a political party. Edgewater succeeded in unseating the “political machine” and reducing gangs and crime. Edgewater has gained popularity among residents and families. This in turn, has attracted large retailers - who are asked to design their storefronts to complement and fit in with the rest of the neighborhood.

The Edgewater Historical Society named Marge Britton a “Living Treasure” in 2014

Alumna: Mundelein College, BA


 

 Honorary Marge Britton Way

5400 North Magnolia Avenue from Balmoral to Catalpa

 

Approved: June 2019

Ward: 48
Alderman: Harry Osterman
Neighborhood: Edgewater

 

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source Book. Welcome to the Urban Revolution, by Jeb Brugmann. p. 263

Robert Myers Way

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An excerpt from…

A Tribute to Robert L. Myers from the City Council of Chicago
February 22, 2017

 In 1984, Bob became a journeyman with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Trade School. He began a career with the City of Chicago in 1987 as a streetlight repairman in the Department of Streets and Sanitation. Bob worked diligent to all tasks and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the managing deputy commissioner, the third highest ranked position within the Department of Transportation. He demonstrated marked experience and skill in management, public relations, telecommunications, operations and hands-on community amenities to constituents of every age across this great city, selflessly providing quality service to aldermen, peers, staff and laymen alike...

Bob entered into sunset surrounded by his family and close friends. He will be held in the highest esteem as one of the hardest working city employees and one of the best dressed people in City Hall. His indomitable spirit, ceaseless allegiance and distinct sense of style will long and indelibly convey pleasure to those who knew and worked with him. His exemplary service, attention to detail, care and concern will undoubtedly be missed.

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An excerpt from the City Council Meeting on 2/22/2017


 Honorary Robert L. Myers Way

west 85th Place from California Avenue to Rockwell Avenue

 

Approved: February 2018

Ward: 18
Alderman: Derrick Curtis
Neighborhood: Ashburn

d. 2017

 

Reverend J. M. Stone Drive

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Reverend James Marcellus Stone was the founder of the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church which was a center of the civil rights movement in Chicago in the 1960s. Under Rev. Stone’s leadership, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached and held rallies at his church. Rev. Stone was born in Georgia, and he knew Martin Luther King, Sr. (the father of Martin Luther King, Jr.} who was a preacher in Atlanta. The church became the “action center” of King’s Chicago Freedom Movement in 1966. When King moved his family to Chicago to support the civil rights movement in the north, Rev. Stone found an apartment for King’s family near the Church. Rev. Stone joined King’s march in Selma.

The Stone Temple Baptist Church building was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2016.


Honorary Rev. JM Stone Dr

 

Approved:

Ward:24
Alderman:
Neighborhood: North Lawndale

Born in Georgia

Near
Stone Temple Baptist Church
3620 W. Douglas Boulevard


Fr. Larry Duris Way

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Father Larry Duris dedicated himself to the African-American community and to Catholic life and education. He was ordained by John Cardinal Cody, Archbishop of Chicago. Since 2009, Fr. Duris was pastor at St. Ailbe’s Catholic Church on Chicago’s far south side, and unofficially and spontaneously with parishioners and neighbors at the local grocery store. Before St. Ailbe’s he served in 5 other Chicago area parishes. Fr. Duris had a fascination with African-American history, arts, and music; he was known to be a very good pianist.

In January of 2016 he was presented the Pope John XXIII Award for Outstanding Ministry by the Association of Chicago Priests.

Alumni: St. Anthony School in Cicero, St. Peter Catholic School in Skokie, Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein


Honorary Fr. Larry Duris Way

9015 S. Harper Avenue. South Harper Avenue from 90th to 91st Street

 

Approved: April 2019

Ward: 8
Alderman: Michelle Harris
Neighborhood: Calumet Heights

Born in Chicago
d. 2018 age 74

Near St. Ailbe’s Catholic Church
9015 S. Harper Avenue


Ronald Lucius Salazar Way

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Ron Salazar was an architect who worked for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. He helped coordinate several of Chicago’s biggest events including: Taste of Chicago, Maxwell Street Market, and Christkindlmarket, exhibitions and events at Daley Plaza. He was born in Manila and was very involved with Filipino arts, history, and cultural institutions in Chicago. This included the Phiippine-American Cultural Foundation, the Filipino American Historical Society, community centers and theater groups.

Alumni: University of Illinois at Chicago UIC


Honorary Ronald Lucius Salazar Way

North Elston between Cicero and Kimberly

Approved: April 2019
Ward: 39
Alderman: Margaret Laurino
Neighborhood: Albany Park

Born in the Philippines
d. 2019. age 53

 

Pastor Victor Rodriguez Way

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Victor Rodriguez was pastor of the La Villita Community Church, in the Little Village neighborhood. His church keeps kids off the streets by serving as the center for the Chicago Youth Boxing Club. Under his leadership, his church also hosted chili cook-offs and tattoo removal sessions. Pastor Vic was well known for peace keeping and for establishing positive relations between the North Lawndale and South Lawndale communities.

Everyone wants to save the world.
But nobody wants to do the dishes.
- Pastor Vic

Pastor Vic was a huge White Sox fan. His place in the community is immortalized in a mural on 22nd Street which bears his portrait and his mission. From age 9, he lived his entire life in the Little Village neighborhood; as an adult he dedicated himself to God and to the community.

Love God. Love people. Nothing else matters.
- Pastor Vic

Alumni: Christian Life College, Whitney Grade School, Farragut


Honorary Pastor Victor H. Rodriguez Way

West 23rd Street between South Central Park Avenue and South Lawndale Avenue

Approved: April 2019
Ward: 22
Alderman: Ricardo Munoz
Neighborhood: Little Village, South Lawndale

Born in Mexico 1967
Chicago, age 9
d. 2018. age 52

Near La Villita Community Church
2300 S. Millard Avenue

 

Sam Franco Way

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Sam Franco was a musician, band leader, teacher, and he restored musical instruments more than 70 years. He served in the Army during WWII and was the band leader of his division. Sam’s passion was for the accordion, he took lessons in the Fine Arts Building. Sam became a very highly regarded music instructor in the Chicago area. He also taught and repaired accordions at his home and at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He was featured in the Chicago Reader and on NPR. In 2013 he was inducted into the Senior Illinoisian Hall of Fame.

Alumni: Chappell Elementary, Amundsen High School

Veteran: Army Air Corp. WWII


Honorary Sam Franco Way

5100 block of N. Claremont Avenue

Approved: April 2019
Ward: 40
Alderman: Patrick O’Connor
Neighborhood: Ravenswood

Born in Chicago 1924
d. 2018. age 93

Near his residence for more than 60 years

 

Jonathan Bunge Way

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Jonathan Bunge was the owner of Will’s Northwoods Inn and was an active member and a huge supporter of the South Lakeview business community. Jonathan also owned several rental properties in the Lakeview neighborhood. He was a retired corporate litigator. Jonathan was also very involved with his church and charities such as the Red Cross and the United Way.

Alumni: Princeton University, Harvard University

Veteran: Army


Honorary Jonathan Bunge Way

W. Nelson between Racine and Southport

Approved: 2019
Ward: 32
Alderman: Scott Waguespack
Neighborhood: South Lakeview

d. 2018. age 81

Near
Will’s Northwoods Inn
3030 N. Racine Avenue

 

Karl Lambrecht Strasse

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Karl Lambrecht was a pioneering optics manufacturer. He founded the Crystal Optics company, later known as Karl Lambrecht Corp. During WWII he worked at Bell & Howell Co. making large lenses. He was self-taught and developed methods to produce high precision prisms , polarizers, and lenses which are used in research laboratories.

In 1975 he was awarded the Optical Society of America, David Richardson medal.


Honorary Karl Lambrecht Strasse Drive

Neighborhood: Lincoln Square

b. Celle, Germany
d. 2001. age 97.

Near
Karl Lambrecht Corporation
4204 N. Lincoln Avenue

 

Chicago Tribune, January 27, 2001 - Karl Lambrecht obituary

Doris Ivy Way

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Doris Ivy received a kidney transplant in 1991 and survived 27 years. She was the sister of Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White. This life saving transplant inspired him to raise awareness and to prioritize organ transplants in his position as Secretary of State.

The sign is located near the residence where she lived, Union Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir, and not far from where as children Doris and Jesse lived when their family moved to Chicago from Alton, Illinois.


Honorary Doris Ivy Way

100 W. Oak Street

 

Approved: October 2018

Ward 2
Neighborhood: Gold Coast

 

1999 IL Secretary of State, Jesse White and his sister Doris Ivy, “Gift of Life” public service announcement (video YouTube: ODILSOS)

Chicago Sun-Times article July 3, 2018

Gorale Podhalanscy Way

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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

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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

Steve Lombardo Way

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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 Chicago New Signs Class of 2017

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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 MONIECKA WAY

ZIEMIA PODHALANSKA

 

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