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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.

Founder's Message


What is a WOOGM and why is there a Chicago alley named for it?

As I explored Chicago I came across many brown honorary street signs bearing mysterious names.  My curiosity prompted me to research these street signs and the people behind each.  So, I set out upon an amazing journey over the past several years, to discover the stories behind the signs, and in so doing I have uncovered of some of the greatest pioneers, public figures, celebrities, and everyday Chicago citizens which have brought the wonderfully rich history of Chicago to life for me.  Their stories have inspired me and drew me in.

I hope that you enjoy your time on the Honorary Chicago website and come to find answers to the same questions which I asked myself when I first began this wonderful odyssey:

What are all these brown honorary signs all over Chicago, who are these people and why do they have streets named for them?

In Chicago many streets have two (or more) names.  The brown "Honorary" signs are commemorative designations. Some of the honored are famous, but the majority are relatively unknown references to people from all walks of life and birthplaces who shaped Chicago and the world.  

Their stories are the making of a great city through the collective effort of many lifetimes.   We share their victories, tribulations and triumphs; their fame, infamy, and obscurity.  I love Chicago all the more for having embarked on this adventure.  I invite you to join me - and follow the heart flag to celebrate your love for this amazing city.