“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Cook County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Cook County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Cook County, IL (401) DuPage County, IL (23) Kane County, IL (45) Lake County, IL (62) McHenry County, IL (36) Will County, IL (119) Lake County, IN (40) Porter County, IN (34) Berrien County, MI (78)  CookCounty(401) Cook County (401)  DuPageCounty(23) DuPage County (23)  KaneCounty(45) Kane County (45)  LakeCounty(62) Lake County (62)  McHenryCounty(36) McHenry County (36)  WillCounty(119) Will County (119)  LakeCountyIndiana(40) Lake County (40)  PorterCounty(34) Porter County (34)  BerrienCountyMichigan(78) Berrien County (78)
Chicago is the county seat for Cook County
Adjacent to Cook County, Illinois
      DuPage County (23)  
      Kane County (45)  
      Lake County (62)  
      McHenry County (36)  
      Will County (119)  
      Lake County, Indiana (40)  
      Porter County, Indiana (34)  
      Berrien County, Michigan (78)  
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1Illinois, Cook County, Arlington Heights — 116 W. Euclid
Built in 1859 by Elijah Amasa Allen. In 1888 Eugene Berbecker, foster son of E.A. Allen Became Owner. Berbecker Park is named in his honor.Map (db m117510) HM
2Illinois, Cook County, Arlington Heights — 609 N. Dunton
Built in 1865 by James Shirra. This same year he opened a Grist Mill at 102 N. Arlington Heights Road and Wing Street.Map (db m117514) HM
3Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — A Road Well TraveledThe Ogden Avenue Corridor
This corridor was a gateway into the country’s interior. Several well worn Indian trails were traveled by fur traders and explorers. One trail, the future Ogden Avenue, was improved into a plank toll road creaking beneath the weight of settlers’ . . . Map (db m157105) HM
4Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Arthur J. Dunham Centennial Home
The Arthur J. Dunham Centennial Home on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1906 in the Prairie School style, owned and lived in by the same family for over 100 years.Map (db m157107) HM
5Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Automobile Love AffairA Traveling Showroom
Route 66 was a traveling showroom for new cars in the 1950s. Bold design, streamlining, chrome, and flaring fins captured people’s imagination. Ogden Avenue became a hub for automobile businesses in the Chicago area. In its heyday, the strip . . . Map (db m157677) HM
6Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Berwyn, IllinoisWelcome to Route 66 Illinois
(front:) Route 66, the Mother Road, is an American icon that symbolizes romance and freedom of the open road. Born in 1926, Route 66 was one of the first numbered U.S. highways, journeying 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today, . . . Map (db m159132) HM
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7Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Cruising the StripRoute 66 on Ogden Avenue
Ogden Avenue was designed for automobiles when the car was king of American culture. A wide street lined with drive-through businesses and convenient parking served both travelers and residents. Drive-in restaurants, service stations, and auto . . . Map (db m157675) HM
8Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Eating on the RunFast Food on Ogden Avenue
Looking for a quick bite? After World War I, fast food restaurants sprang up along Route 66, offering cheap and speedy meals for people on the go. Ogden Avenue is still home to many restaurants that were popular during the heyday of the Mother . . . Map (db m157676) HM
9Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — World War I Memorial
In Memory of John Blasyk • S.P. Champion • Charles S. Clark • Joseph C. Crismore • Frederick A. Emms • Louis J. Matysek • Edward E. Meyers • William S. Patterson • Joseph Tomasjer • Charles Vopenka • James H. Walters World . . . Map (db m157108) WM
10Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Andersonville — WWI Memorial
This memorial erected as a tribute to our heroic comrades of the World-War who died for their country. Army Navy Marine Corps AviationMap (db m81516) WM
11Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Austin — American Elm (Memorial to George Washington)
This American Elm was planted here on October 31, 1931, by the Sixth Congressional District Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs A Memorial to the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington.Map (db m212367) HM
12Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Avondale — Florsheim Shoe Company BuildingAlfred S. Alschuler, architect • 1924-26 — Chicago Landmark —
This building is a significant early 20th-century industrial building built for one of Chicago's best-known manufacturers. Founded and headquartered in the city for many years, the Florsheim Shoe Company was one of the nation's leading shoe . . . Map (db m94316) HM
13Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Bessie ColemanChicago Tribute
Bessie Coleman Aviatrix 1892-1926 During the mid-1910s, Bessie Coleman moved from Texas to Chicago, first working as a manicurist at the White Sox Barber Shop and later running a chili parlor on the corner of 35th Street and . . . Map (db m180888) HM
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14Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church — Chicago Landmark —
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (Originally, Isaiah Temple) Dankmar Adler, architect 1898-99 Built as one of Chicago's early Reform Judaism synagogues, this Classical Revivial-style building is the last building designed by famed . . . Map (db m188631) HM
15Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Louis "Satchmo" ArmstrongChicago Tribute
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Jazz Musician 1898 - 1971 One of the most gifted musicians in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong spent his most inventive years—1925 to 1929—playing the clubs of Chicago’s Black Belt, especially the . . . Map (db m180936) HM
16Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Melissia Ann Elam HomeChicago Landmark
Melissia Ann Elam Home Henry L. Newhouse, Architect 1903 This Chateauesque mansion was purchased in the 1920s by Melissia Ann Elam, who [illegible] in Chicago.Map (db m181855) HM
17Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Nat "King" ColeChicago Tribute
Nat "King" Cole Musician 1919 - 1965 Nat "King" Cole's warm, relaxed, velvety voice made him a best-selling recording star. His 1949 hit "Mona Lisa" sold more than three million copies, and in 1956 he became the first . . . Map (db m180615) HM
18Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Oscar DePriestChicago Tribute
Oscar DePriest Politician 1871-1951 Shrewd, smart and street savvy, Oscar DePriest was a natural politician. He became Chicago’s first black alderman and the first black congressman elected from a northern state. Born in . . . Map (db m181271) HM
19Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Richard Wright House — Chicago Landmark —
Richard Wright House architect unknown 1893 While residing, in the second-floor apartment of this building from 1929 to 1932, celebrated author Richard. Wright effectively began his professional literary career writing his first . . . Map (db m188618) HM
20Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — Robert S. AbbottChicago Tribute
Robert S. Abbott Newspaper publisher 1868 - 1940 On a May evening in 1905, Robert Sengstacke Abbott appeared on the streets of Chicago selling his four-page Chicago Defender, proclaiming it “the only two-cent weekly in . . . Map (db m181014) HM
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21Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — The Forum (1897)
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Designed by Samuel Treat and built by ethnic European craftsmen for owners William E. and Elizabeth Thatcher Kent in 1897, The . . . Map (db m189755) HM
22Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — The Honorable Harold Washington
The Honorable Harold Washington (1922-1987) Chicago's First Black Mayor Harold Washington was a consummate politician, a political genius that rose through the rough and tumble political landscape to become the first . . . Map (db m180735) HM
23Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Bronzeville — The Marx BrothersChicago Tribute
The Marx Brothers Comedy team The Marx Brothers lived here at 4512 Grand Boulevard (now King Drive) when they moved to Chicago to tour the vaudeville circuit in the 1910s. Their act, “The Six Musical Mascots,” included all five . . . Map (db m181366) HM
24Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — “Hubbard’s Folly”
On this site about 1834, Gurdon S. Hubbard built Chicago’s first warehouse for storing pork and other pioneer produce. Because of its size and substantial construction early skeptics called the building "Hubbard’s Folly."Map (db m47692) HM
25Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — 333 North Michigan BuildingHolabird & Root, Architect — 1928 —
This outstanding Art Deco-style skyscraper helps define one of the city's finest urban spaces. Its prominence is further heightened by the jog in Michigan Avenue, where it crosses the Chicago River. The base of the building is sheathed in polished . . . Map (db m99920) HM
26Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — 910 South MichiganBuilt 1911 — Architect: Marshall and Fox —
The Karpen Furniture Company commissioned Marshal and Fox to design a 12-story showroom and company office. The building’s simple ornament contrasted with the exuberant facades of Marshall and Fox’s other work, including the Blackstone and Drake . . . Map (db m47884) HM
27Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Aaron Montgomery Ward GardensIn Grant Park — “Forever Open, Clear and Free” —
Aaron Montgomery Ward had a vision for Chicago’s lakefront that set him apart from most of his contemporaries. For two decades (1890-1910),he fought tirelessly to preserve Chicago’s lake shore as an open space and assure the city’s “front . . . Map (db m47782) HM
28Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Auditorium BuildingAdler and Sullivan, architects — 1889 —
The extraordinary engineering talent of Dankmar Adler and the architectural genius of Louis Sullivan created this building to reflect the cultural maturity of Chicago. Combining hotel and office space with a splendid theater, the Auditorium was a . . . Map (db m34975) HM
29Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Augustus Garrett
Early church leader and Chicago Mayor with his wife, Eliza whose gifts established Garrett Theological Seminary.Map (db m117494) HM
30Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Bataan- Corregidor Memorial Bridge
Dedicated to the memory of those gallant heroes from the Chicago area who were members of the besieged garrison on the Bataan peninsula and at Corregidor, Philippine Islands, in World War II. May the courage and fortitude displayed . . . Map (db m134843) WM
31Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Blackstone HotelMarshall & Fox, architects — 1910 —
An outstanding example of Modern French style of Beaux-Arts Classical architecture. As one of the city's earliest luxury hotels, it became the "Hotel of Presidents," serving as host to a dozen U.S. Presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. . . . Map (db m94409) HM
32Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Brooks BuildingChicago Landmark
Holabird & Roche, architect 1909- 10 An excellent example of the Chicago School, an architectural style of international importance that developed between the 1880s and the early 1900s. This building was commissioned by Boston developers . . . Map (db m134414) HM
33Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Carbide and Carbon BuildingBurnham Brothers Inc., architect — 1929 —
According to popular legend, the architects chose this building’s dark green and gold colors based on a gold-foiled champagne bottle seen at an office holiday party. Whether true of not, the building is one of the most-distinctive features on . . . Map (db m51698) HM
34Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Central Station Fragments
These carved granite fragments are from the Illinois Central Station which stood at the southwest edge of Grant Park for more than 75 years. Bradford Lee Gilbert, a prolific architect of American railroad buildings, designed the massive . . . Map (db m99761) HM
35Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Chicago Remembers
This memorial is dedicated to all veterans of the armed forces who served in Viet Nam. It replaces the former memorial and reflecting pool located on Wacker Drive that had been dedicated by Mayor Jane M. Byrne on November 11, 1982. The inscribed . . . Map (db m134950) WM
36Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Chicago River
This river originally flowing eastward from the prairie home lands of the Potawatomi and other Indian tribes into Lake Michigan, linked the waters of the Atlantic, the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes with those of the Illinois, the Mississippi and . . . Map (db m99534) HM
37Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Columbia Yacht ClubFounded 1892
During the winter of 1891, a group of Chicago sailors gathered at the home of a bridge tender to discuss the formation of a club dedicated to the sport of sailing. Their idea was to create on the lakefront, a facility where men and women could enjoy . . . Map (db m47651) HM
38Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Continental and Commercial Bank BuildingD.H. Burnham & Co. ; Graham, Anderson Probst & White, architects — 1914 —
This massive block-long office building was built to house one of Chicago’s leading banks and exemplifies the large commercial buildings that define the distinctive LaSalle Street “canyon.” Architect Daniel Burnham personally . . . Map (db m47757) HM
39Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Crane Company BuildingBuilt 1913
This Property has been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m99757) HM
40Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Dearborn StreetChicago Cultural Walk
[Side A] Dearborn Street showcases some of Chicago’s best architecture, art, and urban design dating from the late 19th century. Great names in architecture include Chicago School architects William LeBaron Jenney, Burnham & Root, and . . . Map (db m47885) HM
41Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Eternal Flame Memorial
Eternal flame in memory of the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War to present. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force Coat Guard, National Guard Reserves and Merchant Marines.Map (db m126812) WM
42Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Fairbanks Morse & Company Building
Fairbanks Morse & Company Building Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of Interior Built 1906Map (db m99883) HM
43Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — First Jewish House of Worship
On this site stood, in 1851, the first Jewish house of worship in the State of Illinois and the middle Northwest. Kehlath Anshe Mayriv Congregation Men of the West Now known as K.A.M. Temple Established 1847 Dedicated by the Jewish . . . Map (db m134416) HM
44Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — First Post Office
Near this site in 1833, the log store of John S.C. Hogan, was this section’s only post office, serving settler from miles around. Eastern mail was delivered once a week from Niles, Michigan. Erected by Chicago’s Charter Jubilee Authenticated . . . Map (db m47724) HM
45Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Fort Dearborn
Defense Fort Dearborn stood almost on this spot. After an heroic defense in eighteen hundred and twelve, the garrison together with women and children was forced to evacuate the fort. Led by Captain Wells, they were brutally massacred by the . . . Map (db m47670) HM
46Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Grant ParkBuckingham Fountain — Architect: Bennett, Parsons and Frost • Engineer: Jacques Lambert • Sculptor: Marcel François Layau —
[Decorative features listed left to right; click on marker to enlarge] Console Size: 7’-0” high 3’-6” wide 6’-0” deep Material Pink Marble The console is a decorative bracket carved as a vertical scroll and projecting from . . . Map (db m47659) HM
47Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Harold Washington1924-1987 — Mayor Of The City Of Chicago —
Harold Washington was elected Chicago's first African American Mayor on April 21 1983. He brought together a coalition of Chicagoans that spanned economic, social and racial lines. Of his legacy, he said: I hope someday to be remembered by . . . Map (db m99684) HM
48Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Harris and Selwyn TheatersChicago Landmark
Harris and Selwyn Theaters Crane and Franzheim, architects 1922 New York theatrical producers Sam Harris and Archie and Edgar Selwyn constructed these buildings for live stage shows. The "Twin Theaters" have terra-cotta facades . . . Map (db m180950) HM
49Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Hotel Somerset
Hotel Somerset Built 1889 This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m99908) HM
50Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Jean Baptiste Beaubien
On this site, then the lake shore, Jean Baptiste Beaubien, Chicago's second civilian, in 1817, built a “mansion” to which he brought his bride, Josette LaFramboise. It remained their home until 1845.Map (db m72205) HM
51Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — John A. Logan
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52Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Lake-Franklin GroupChicago Landmark
Lake-Franklin Group Burling & Adler, George Edbrooke, architects 1872 - 1875 This rare grouping of post-Fire buildings is the best reminder of the wholesale district, an area integral to the city's former role as the world's largest . . . Map (db m181282) HM
53Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Lincoln's Nomination Site
The site of the Wigwam in which Abraham Lincoln was nominated for president • 1860 • Map (db m180575) HM
54Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Ludington BuildingWilliam Le Baron Jenney, architect — 1891 —
The city’s earliest surviving steal-frame building, a type of construction that changed commercial architecture. As one of the first structures clad in terra cotta, it marked an important step in the development of the architectural terra cotta . . . Map (db m47781) HM
55Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Marshall Field and Company BuildingChicago Landmark
Daniel H. Burnham and Charles Atwood, 1892; D.H.Burnham and Co., 1902, 1906, 1907; Graham, Burnham & Co., 1914 architects 1892- 1914 The Marshall Field and Company Building is the “grande dame” of Chicago department store . . . Map (db m134434) HM
56Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Monument of the MillenniumWastewater System
[Text on the right] The ASCE presented only ten such awards worldwide, each representing the most outstanding example of Civil engineering in a particular area of infrastructure over the past century. Created in 1889, the District built canals . . . Map (db m155321) HM
57Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Old Fort Dearborn
Here • Stood Old • Fort • Dearborn 1803 – 1812Map (db m79616) HM
58Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Palmer House HotelHolabird & Roche, architects — 1925-27 —
This massive hotel, once the world's largest, bears the name of Potter Palmer, one of Chicago's most important businessmen. It is designed in the Classical Revival style with French Neoclassical influences. Interior spaces of note include the . . . Map (db m92465) HM
59Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Q.S.M.V. Abegweit“Queen of The Northumberland Strait” — Prince Edward Island Service —
Builder: Marine Industries Limited, Sorel, Quebec, Canada Launched on June 28, 1947 Hull Number: 144 Length: 372.6 ft. Width: 62 ft. Gross Tons: 7,600 Service: Operated by Canadian National Railway for service from Cape Tormentine, New . . . Map (db m47648) HM
60Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Regeneration
The Great Chicago Fire in October eighteen hundred and seventy-one devastated the city. From its ashes the people of Chicago caused a new and greater city to rise imbued with that indomitable spirit and energy by which they have ever been guided. . . . Map (db m79609) HM
61Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle
In honor of Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle & Henry de Tonti who passed through this river on their way to the Mississippi December 1681 This Tablet is placed by the Illinois Society of Colonial Dames of America under the auspices of the . . . Map (db m47683) HM
62Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Rookery BuildingBurnham and Root, architects — 1886 —
Its powerful exterior softened by John Root’s lively ornament, the Rookery typifies the 1880s' lingering picturesque attitude toward commercial architecture. A transitional structure in the evolution of modern architecture, it employs both . . . Map (db m47758) HM
63Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Rowe Building
Attributed to famed architect William Le Baron Jenney, the Rowe Building, a printing arts factory built in 1892, typifies the late nineteenth century Romanesque Revival style. Renovated in 1980, the Rowe Building is a distinguished member of . . . Map (db m47780) HM
64Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Sauganash Hotel - Chicago - 1831
The Sauganash Hotel was built in 1831 on what is now the south east corner of Lake Street and Wacker Drive. It was Chicago's first hotel and it soon became the social center of town. In 1833, prominent local citizens met in the Sauganash . . . Map (db m183335) HM
65Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Site of Fort Dearborn1803
Chicago Landmark Fort Dearborn served as the major western garrison of the United States until destroyed during an Indian uprising in August of 1812. A second fort, erected on the same site in 1816, was demolished in 1858. Designated a Chicago . . . Map (db m47681) HM
66Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Site of the Sauganash Hotel/WigwamChicago Landmark
On this site stood the Sauganash Hotel, built in 1831 by pioneer Mark Beaubien, which was location of the frontier town’s first village board election in 1833. The Wigwam, an assembly hall built in 1860 (destroyed c. 1867) on the site of the hotel, . . . Map (db m47725) HM
67Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — South Water Street
This was Chicago’s main business street in 1834, connecting the village with Fort Dearborn. Years before this also was the site of a trading post with the Indians. Erected by Chicago’s Charter Jubilee Authenticated by Chicago Historical . . . Map (db m47691) HM
68Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — State StreetChicago Cultural Walk
(side 1) Chicago’s Great Street There is only one State Street. Widely celebrated in song, “That Great Street” has been known since the 1870s for its concentration of premier department stores and world-class . . . Map (db m81432) HM
69Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Eastland Disaster
While still partially tied to its dock at the river’s edge, the excursion steamer Eastland rolled over on the morning of July 24, 1915. The result was one of the worst maritime disasters in American history. More than eight hundred people . . . Map (db m61452) HM
70Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — 77 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Chicago
The "Great Migration" from the South to "the Promised Land" of Chicago brought more African Americans here from Mississippi than any other state, especially during and after World War II. With the migrants came the Delta blues that was the . . . Map (db m47901) HM
71Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Chicago Board of Trade's StatuesSymbolizing Agriculture and Industry
These two statues, one symbolizing agriculture and the other industry, once stood over the main entrance of the Board of Trade Building built in 1885. The statues greeted commodity traders and the public for 45 years. Thought lost forever when the . . . Map (db m47760) HM
72Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Chicago Public Library Cultural CenterShepley, Rutan and Coolidge, architects — 1897 —
This building was the first permanent structure of the city's public library system. Designed to be a grand civic building, its exterior appearance and its interior spaces are based on classical Greek and Italian Renaissance precedents. The library . . . Map (db m110682) HM
73Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Christmas Tree Ship
For many years,"The Christmas Tree Ship,” loaded with trees, docked at the southwest corner of the Clark Street Bridge. From the ship, Captain Herman Schuenemann, known as "Captain Santa,” with his wife, Barbara, and daughters Elsie, Hazel and . . . Map (db m181315) HM
74Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The DePaul Centera Cornerstone of Chicago
Built in 1912 as the Rothschild Building Holabird and Roche – architect Renamed the Goldblatt Building in 1936 Placed on the Nation Register of Historic Places in 1989 Rededicated by DePaul University September 14, 1993 Richard . . . Map (db m134433) HM
75Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Donohue Building
Built in 1883, the Donohue Building was the first large printing factory in historic Printing House Row. The Annex was added in 1913. The Donohue Buildings served until 1971 as the headquarters of the M.A. Donohue Publishing Company, a well known . . . Map (db m47779) HM
76Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Honorable Joanne H. Alter
Joanne H. Alter was elected Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and served with distinction from 1972 until 1990. Commissioner Alter’s vision for improvement in the Chicago River led to the revitalization . . . Map (db m47665) HM
77Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Morton Building / Hotel Blake
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of The InteriorMap (db m102576) HM
78Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Sisters of Mercy
On this site, Sept. 23, 1846, the Sisters of Mercy who provided Chicago with its first hospital, began their charitable, educational and civic services to this cityMap (db m99817) HM
79Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — The Standard Time System in the United StatesAdopted on this Site – October 11, 1883
Chicago’s famous Grand Pacific Hotel, then on the site of the present Continental Bank building, was the location of the General Time Convention of 1883 which, on October 11 of that year, adopted the current Standard Time System in the United . . . Map (db m47759) HM
80Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Third Church BuildingOn This Corner
Third church building on this corner burned in the Great Chicago Fire, 1871.Map (db m117477) HM
81Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Trustees System Service BuildingChicago Landmark
Trustees System Service Building Thielbard and Fugard, architects; Eugene and Gwen Lux and Edgar Miller, artists 1929-30 This bold Art-Deco style skyscraper, designed by noted Chicago architects Thielbard and Fugard, is clad with . . . Map (db m181570) HM
82Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Viet Nam MemorialChicago Remembers
A Memorial to Vietnam Veterans You are entering a site dedicated to Americans who served their country with great honor and distinction in the Vietnam War. Your respect to their memory is greatly appreciated. no biking, no skateboarding, no . . . Map (db m134949) WM
83Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Wacker Drive
South Water Street 1834 South Water Street 1924 Wacker Drive Begun 1924 Completed 1926 Built by the City of Chicago Wm. E. Dever Mayor Francis X. Busch Corporation Counsel Board of Local Improvement John J. Sloan . . . Map (db m47696) HM
84Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Chicago Loop — Washington BlockFrederick and Edward Baumann architects — 1873-74 —
At the time of its construction, in the aftermath of the Fire of 1871, this was one of the city's tallest buildings. Its limestone facades feature ornate Victorian-style details; its lobby includes a unique curving hardwood staircase. Structurally, . . . Map (db m117493) HM
85Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Dearborn Homes — 99 — Votes for WomenRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
In 1913, Ida B. Wells-Barnett organized black-led Alpha Suffrage Club to promote women's right to vote. Former meeting site one block north.Map (db m191130) HM
86Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Des Plaines — American Airlines Flight 191 Memorial
We Remember Flight 191 Let us not forget the victims of May 25, 1979, who helped assure the safety of all who have boarded an airliner since that tragic event. "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a . . . Map (db m217908) HM
87Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Camp Douglas
Named in honor of the late Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Camp Douglas, established in 1861, was the earliest and largest Union military camp in the Chicago area. The camp stretched from 31st Street to 33rd Place and from Cottage Grove Avenue . . . Map (db m125027) HM
88Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Chicago Bee Building — Chicago Landmark —
Chicago Bee Building Z. Erol Smith, architect 1929-31 This Art Deco-style building was constructed as the headquarters for the Chicago Bee newspaper, which was founded by noted African American entrepreneur Anthony Overton. It also . . . Map (db m188754) HM
89Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Chicago Defender Building — Chicago Landmark —
Chicago Defender Building Built 1899; remodeled 1915 This former Jewish synagogue was home to the Chicago Defender from 1920 until 1960. Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the newspaper became nationally known for its . . . Map (db m188261) HM
90Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Douglas PlazaSite of Civil War Camp Douglas — 1861-65 —
Enlistment and training center for U.S. Union Armed Forces. Site of enlistment of Private Charles H. Griffin, January 5, 1864 Co. B, 29th Reg’t U.S. Col’d Infantry USCT. Prisoner of War camp where 6,000 Confederate soldiers of the Civil War died.Map (db m125614) HM WM
91Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Eugene Williams MemorialDedicated to All the Victims of the Race Riot That Began Near This Place
“A riot is the language of the unheard.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Sunday, July 27, 1919, a group of boys rafting on Lake Michigan drifted over an invisible racial barrier. Rocks were thrown from the breakwater and Eugene . . . Map (db m166545) HM
92Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Ida B. Wells-BarnettChicago Tribute
Ida B. Wells-Barnett 1862-1931 Social reformer Ida B. Wells-Barnett spent her life crusading against lynching in America. An advocate for civil rights, woman’s suffrage and economic justice, her anti-lynching campaign stirred the . . . Map (db m181804) HM
93Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Overton Hygienic BuildingChicago Landmark
Overton Hygienic Building Built 1922-23 Built as the headquarters for the Overton Hygienic Co., one of the nation's foremost producers of African-American cosmetics, this structure also housed the Victory Life Insurance Company and . . . Map (db m180693) HM
94Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Pilgrim Baptist Church — Chicago Landmark —
Pilgrim Baptist Church Adler and Sullivan, Architects 1891 The decorative and planning skills of Sullivan and the engineering ability of Adler are embodied in the strong masonry forms of this building, embellished with terra-cotta . . . Map (db m189477) HM
95Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Richard WrightChicago Tribute
Richard Wright Novelist, playwright, social critic 1908-1960 Through eloquent and powerful writing, Richard Wright established himself as one of the greatest writers of his generation. His novels and drawn from his own experiences, . . . Map (db m180696) HM
96Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — State Street
State Street was the shopping district of Black owned businesses such as drugstores, barber shops, flower shops, tailor shops, meat markets, millinery shops, fruit stands, theaters, and restaurants, a “city within a city." This area . . . Map (db m189133) HM
97Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Sunset Cafe — Chicago Landmark —
Sunset Cafe Built 1909 Following a 1921 remodeling, this simple automobile garage was transformed into one of the city's earliest and most legendary jazz venues. Its house orchestra featured such famed musicians as Louis . . . Map (db m189053) HM
98Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — Supreme Life Building — Chicago Landmark —
Supreme Life Building Built 1921; remodeled 1950 This was the longtime headquarters of the Supreme Life Insurance Co., the first African-American owned and operated insurance company in the northern United States. The firm was founded in . . . Map (db m188528) HM
99Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — The Boulevard System
Chicago’s Boulevards are one of the city’s most overlooked treasures, and one of the largest and oldest boulevard systems in the nation. The 28-mile system contains 540 acres of green space, and provides a link between seven inland parks and . . . Map (db m189232) HM
100Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas — The Ida B. Wells Homes
Ida B.Wells July 16, 1862 - March 25, 1931 The Ida B. Wells Homes stood in this area for over sixty years from 1941-2002. They consisted of over 1,600 units located between 37th & 39th Streets and King Drive & Cottage Grove. . . . Map (db m181805) HM

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