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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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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




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

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

Dr. Lorraine R. Broyls

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Lorraine is the founder and CEO of the Universal Family Connection (UFC) not-for-profit, a group dedicated to providing public service to families that are highly effective and comprehensive in scope.    

Through child welfare and family services, UFC’s aim is to help families remedy conditions of risk, and to thrive and function in ways that promote the psychological, emotional health, and social development of all family members.
        source: UFC Facebook page

UFC has partnered with many pubic assistance programs and government agencies at the city and state level.


Honorary Dr. Lorraine R. Broyls Way
1350 W. 103rd street
(Outside UFC location)

Approved: May 2017
Ward: 34
Alderman: Austin
Neighborhood: Beverly
Dedicated: TBD

Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Way

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Lucy Gonzalez Parsons was a labor activist in the 1870s and the first African-American womens labor organizer. She led the first May Day labor parade in the US which was a testament to the growing labor movement in the wake of the Haymarket Affair. The attention it drew helped establish the 8-hour work day and contributed to the institution of Labor Day as a national holiday.

Lucy was born in Texas around 1853 and was of African-American, and possibly Mexican and Native American descent.  She and her husband, Albert Parsons, moved to Chicago in 1873 to escape personal threats due to their labor views and their inter-racial marriage, which was forbidden. 

Albert made a name for himself during the 1877 rail strikes which swept across the country.  He spoke to crowds of tens of thousands of angry workers and called for peaceful negotiations.  Albert was sentenced to death for his role in the Haymarket Riots.  While in prison he wrote "Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Scientific Basis."  

Lucy's views became more radical and militant after Albert's death.  She published Albert's manifesto and wrote for the publications The Socialist and The Alarm. Lucy co-founded Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) with Eugene Debs and Mother Jones.  She carried on the fight for workers rights for the next 55 years, until the end of her life.


Lucy Ella Gonzalez Parsons Park 

A Chicago Park is also named in her honor at Belmont and Kilpatrick, which is less than a mile from where she lived. She died in a house fire at 3130 N. Troy Street


Honorary Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Way

Kedzie and Shubert near the Logan Square Blue Line CTA Station

Ward: 35
Alderman: Ramirez-Rosa
Neighborhood: Avondale / Logan Square
Dedication: May Day, May 1, 2017

Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons 1853-1942, age 89.


Sister Barbara Jean Ciszek Way

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Sister Barbara Jean Ciszek was the Founder and Principal of the Montessori School at the Cardinal Bernadin Early Childhood Center, St. Boneventure Campus.  She was a member of the American Montessori Society and an expert in language and aesthetic development.  

The Montessori method of education was founded in 1906 by Maria Montessori, an Italian physican and specialist in early childhood development.  

Bee Jay, was called clearly and early to both teaching and religious life.  She declared her intention to teach at age 5.  She took her vows as a Catholic nun at age 19. Toward the end of her career she was called to Africa and made several visits to Nigeria.  At the time of her death a school was being built in Nigeria in her honor.

She was a member of the Congregation St. Joseph LaGrange.

Approved: 2016
Neighbohood: Lakeview

Sister Barbara Jean Ciszek 1946-2015, age 68


Jewel Stradford Lafontant Day in Chicago September 17, 2001

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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

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