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Class of 2018 by Honorary Chicago

Linda Zabors

As we close out 2018, here is our tally of new honorary signs. There were 33 new honorary streets designated in Chicago this year.

2018

ANTHONY J. PAPPALAS AVE

BETTY HAYNES WAY

BIELSKO-BIALA WAY

CARMIE SHOES WAY

CHARLES J. BARANGO WAY

CHRIST TEMPLE CATHEDRAL WAY

CHUCK RENSLOW WAY

CLIFTON P. LEWIS WAY

DORIS IVY WAY

EUGENE LANG WAY

FF STEVE MCNAMEE WAY

GORALE PODHALANSCY WAY

HENRY L. COLEMAN, SR. WAY

IRMA AND WILLIE PICKENS WAY

ISABEL LOPEZ WAY

IDA B. WELLS WAY

INEZ LOREDO STREET

JADWIGA KACZYNSKA WAY

JAMES "JIMMY" TAVOLINO WAY

JEANNE UZDAWINIS WAY

JERRY KEHOE WAY

JOSEPH MUNTANER WAY

MAJOR GARY HUGHES WAY

MARGARET HARTIGAN WAY

MARTIN AND THERESA CAMPO WAY

MICHAEL ISAAC GREEN WAY

LT. HAROLD A. BEZAZIAN WAY

OFFICER BARRY D. BATSON SR. WAY

PASTOR HENRIETTA W. ROBINSON WAY

REV. MALACHI G. BAKER, JR. WAY

ROBERT L. MYERS WAY

TILLIE RYBAK WAY

TONY'S DELI WAY


This total is down from 41 new designations in 2017. The qualification rules for honorary streets were changed as of February 2017

For information on wards and approvals by month see our 2018 annual page.

Veterans

Major Gary Hughes (Army: Operation Desert Storm. Iraq, Afghanistan)
Lieutenant Harold Bezazian (Army: WWII. Phillipines)*

First responders and military

Barry Batson
Harold Bazazian*
Gary Hughes
Steve McNamee*

Clergy

Reverend Baker
Pastor Robinson
Christ Temple Cathedral

City employees and elected officials

Robert Myers

LGBTQ

Chuck Renslow

Children and Youth

Anthony Pappalas

Local shops

Carmie Shoes
Tony’s Deli

* indicates honoree died in the line of duty

please let us know if we have missed any individuals who belong in these sub-totals

 

Perhaps the most famous honoree this year is a historical Chicago figure, Ida B. Wells-Barnett. She was an African-American investigative reporter who used research to expose inequity and violence in Memphis, fought racial discrimination on trains in local and federal courts, and boycotted the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

Note: The official Wells Street in Chicago is not named for Ida Wells; it is named for Captain William Wells, who was an officer at Fort Dearborn in early Chicago history.