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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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Sam Franco Way

Linda Zabors

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

Linda Zabors

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

Will’s Northwoods Inn
3030 N. Racine Avenue


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.

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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
Alderman: Stone
Neighborhood: West Rogers Park

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

Ida Crown Jewish Academy

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



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

Ukrainian American Veterans Way

Linda Zabors

Veterans Day

Honorary Ukrainian American Veterans Way dedicated in 2016

What a better way to celebrate veterans than to feature the honorary sign dedicated this year to Ukrainian American Veterans.  The Chicago organization of the UAV Post 32 hosted the 69th UAV National Convention in Chicago this year.  

The national Ukrainian American Veterans organization began in 1948 by veterans of WWI and WWII. It's membership includes honorably discharged American veterans of Ukrainian descent.  In 1998 it launched the UAV Registration Project, which aims to collect the names of Ukrainian Americans who served in the US Armed Forces. Volume one contains more than 3,000 names and stories.

The many Ukrainian immigrants from the 1880s settled in the Chicago neighborhood which came to be known as Ukrainian Village

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Honorary Chicago has made a similar goal.  Since 2014 we have mapped the Chicago honorary street signs which are dedicated to veterans.  This Veterans Day marks the 3rd anniversary of the Honorary Chicago Veterans Map, which is an ongoing effort.

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.

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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