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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 (494) DuPage County, IL (28) Kane County, IL (50) Lake County, IL (66) McHenry County, IL (36) Will County, IL (140) Lake County, IN (58) Porter County, IN (34) Berrien County, MI (80)  CookCounty(494) Cook County (494)  DuPageCounty(28) DuPage County (28)  KaneCounty(50) Kane County (50)  LakeCounty(66) Lake County (66)  McHenryCounty(36) McHenry County (36)  WillCounty(140) Will County (140)  LakeCountyIndiana(58) Lake County (58)  PorterCounty(34) Porter County (34)  BerrienCountyMichigan(80) Berrien County (80)
Chicago is the county seat for Cook County
Adjacent to Cook County, Illinois
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      Kane County (50)  
      Lake County (66)  
      McHenry County (36)  
      Will County (140)  
      Lake County, Indiana (58)  
      Porter County, Indiana (34)  
      Berrien County, Michigan (80)  
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1 Illinois, 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
2 Illinois, 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
3 Illinois, 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
4 Illinois, 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
5 Illinois, 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
6 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Berwyn 9/11 Memorial
In memory of the 2,998 killed or missing victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America. Lest we forget you. This liberty tree signifies your lives, and grows to the heavens in your memory. . . . Map (db m228566) HM
7 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Berwyn Veterans Memorial
In memory of those men and women who served their country. That they will never be forgotten **** Vietnam War 8 July 1959 - 30 Apr 1975 It is our solemn duty to honor our Berwyn heroes who paid the ultimate price . . . Map (db m229198) WM
8 Illinois, 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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9 Illinois, 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
10 Illinois, 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
11 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Illinois Open Space LandsA Cooperative Outdoor Recreation Project
The Sunshine Park expansion was made possible through a matching grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The entire park sat vacant for several years following a fire that destroyed the Maennle Greenhouses. The Berwyn Park . . . Map (db m231757) HM
12 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Lesak Park Veterans Flagpole
In memory of veterans of all wars Presented by American Legion Berwyn Post No. 422 Commodore Barry Post No. 256 Evzones Post No. 1039 Amvets GI Joe Post No. 24 Catholic War Veterans Berwyn Post No. 218 Italian . . . Map (db m228688) WM
13 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Lincoln the Friendly Neighbor
Lincoln the friendly neighbor
"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships" A. Lincoln
Dedicated July 4, 1959 to the memory of our great namesake in the 150th year of his birth Lincoln Federal . . . Map (db m228349) HM
14 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Sokol Tabor War Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women Who have served their country in All branches of military service I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. One nation under God, . . . Map (db m227401) WM
15 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — Veterans Memorial
Erected and dedicated to the principals of patriotism. True patriotism is the foundation upon which this nation of ours must stand. Patriotism is not alone the privilege of adults; but belongs to the youth, if our country is to live. . . . Map (db m228230) WM
16 Illinois, 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
17 Illinois, Cook County, Berwyn — World War I Memorial
Aisne-Marne • Champagne-Marne • Chateau-Thiery • Meuse-Argonne • St. Mihiel • SommeMap (db m230740) WM
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18 Illinois, Cook County, Brookfield — Australia HouseOpened in 1934
Australia House has seen several milestones connected to its namesake. In 1971, we purchased a scrub tract in Australia to conserve habitat for southern hairy-nosed wombats. Later, an additional 600,000 acres were set aside. In 1975, the . . . Map (db m231692) HM
19 Illinois, Cook County, Brookfield — Baboon IslandMemories for a well-rounded, greener future
This site was the former home of our Baboon Island exhibit. Opened in the mid-1930s, the exhibit, originally called Monkey Island, housed hundreds of different species throughout its tenure. This man-made mountain, a first of its kind in the U.S., . . . Map (db m231693) HM
20 Illinois, Cook County, Brookfield — Korean War Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of the men and women who served in the Korean Conflict June 1950 to July 1953 Presented by Brookfield Interfraternal Council Composed of American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, . . . Map (db m229249) WM
21 Illinois, Cook County, Brookfield — Partners in ConservationThe Chicago Zoological Society and the Forest Preserves of Cook County: The Early Years
In the beginning, Charles Wacker, head of the Chicago Plan Commission expressed, exactly what the District sought in its acquisition of its land holdings:
"Think of the benefits, educational, recreational, and financial, which a . . . Map (db m228935) HM
22 Illinois, Cook County, Brookfield — South GateDedicated in 1934 — Brookfield Zoo —
One of the first structures built, the South Gate is the original entrance to Brookfield Zoo. Guests walked through these arches after being dropped off by streetcars or the West Towns Electric railway, known as the "Toonerville Trolley" to locals.Map (db m233441) HM
23 Illinois, Cook County, Brookfield — Theodore Roosevelt Fountain
This fountain was erected in memory of Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States, with a fund contributed by individuals and by the Chicago Zoological Society.Map (db m231696) HM
24 Illinois, Cook County, Calumet City, Thornton Township — Origins of Calumet City and Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train
Two blocks north of this corner the funeral train of President Abraham Lincoln entered Illinois at approximately 10:15 a.m. on May 1, 1865, on the Michigan Central Railroad right-of-way. In the autumn of 1869, the founders of the State Line . . . Map (db m229880) HM
25 Illinois, 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
26 Illinois, 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
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27 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Austin — Austin VFW Post 2955 War Memorial
Dedicated by Austin Post 2955 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the People of Austin in honor of all who served so gallantly in all wars of our country July 3, 1949 Map (db m224670) HM
28 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Austin — F.R. Schock Houses
These four picturesque residences, designed by architect Frederick R. Schock, showcase the Queen Anne and Shingle styles of architecture. They helped set the tone for development of the Austin community in the 1880s-90s.Map (db m230910) HM
29 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Austin — Galewood Community War Memorial
In honor and memory of the men and women of the Galewood community who served in the Armed Forces of the U.S.A. this memorial is lovingly dedicated. Map (db m227336) WM
30 Illinois, 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
31 Illinois, 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
32 Illinois, 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
33 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
34 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
35 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
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36 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
37 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
38 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
39 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
40 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
41 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
42 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
43 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
44 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
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45 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
46 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — 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
47 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — Unity HallChicago Landmark
Unity Hall L. B. Dixon, architect 1887 Originally built as the Lakeside Club, a Jewish social organization, this structure was renamed in 1917 when it became the headquarters of the Peoples Movement Club, a political . . . Map (db m189249) HM
48 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — Victory, World War I Black Soldiers’ Memorial
Victory St. Mihiel, Argonne Forest, Mont de Signes, Oise-Aisne Offensive. In memory of the heroes of the old 8th Infantry, Illinois National Guard, redesignated during the World War as the 370th Infantry of the United States Army who . . . Map (db m4683) WM
49 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Douglas (Bronzeville) — Welcome to Bronzeville
In 1770, a Black man, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, began trading goods with Native Americans. DuSable High School honors him. By 1840, Blacks settled in Chicago's “Black Metropolis" now known as Bronzeville. (panel two:) The . . . Map (db m187382) HM
50 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, East Hyde Park — Harold Washington — Chicago Tribute —
Harold Washington Politician 1922 - 1987 Harold Washington’s election in 1983 as Chicago’s first black mayor gained national attention. He won with the support of a “rainbow coalition” of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, liberal . . . Map (db m188263) HM
51 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Edison Park — Edison Park World War I Memorial
Erected by the citizens of Edison Park in honor of our boys who served in the Army and Navy of the USA during the World War. Edison Park Honor Roll World War (Names not transcribed)Map (db m115976) WM
52 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Forest Glen — Old Treaty Elm
The tree which stood here until 1933, marked the Northern Boundary of the Fort Dearborn Reservation, the trail to Lake Geneva, the center of Billy Caldwell’s (Chief Sauganash) Reservation, and the site of the Indian Treaty of 1835.Map (db m55577) HM
53 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Forest Glen — Sauganash Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Sauganash who served their country in 1941 •World War II • 1945 [Honor Roll of Veterans] [Died in Service] Lemuel Day • J. Donald Gibe John T. Hartney • Elmer Julius Charles Kulieke • Theodore . . . Map (db m94318) HM
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54 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Forest Glen — Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church
This memorial spire and cross is erected to the Glory of God in salutary tribute to the memory of our founders and to all who have dedicated themselves to the mission of this church upon its 75th anniversary. On October 8, 1893, our pioneer . . . Map (db m136423) HM
55 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Garfield Park — Finley Peter Dunne — Chicago Tribute —
Finley Peter Dunne Journalist 1867 - 1936 One of the most memorable characters in Chicago literature is Martin Dooley, the loquacious and opinionated Irish immigrant who tended bar along Archer Avenue in the Bridgeport . . . Map (db m188239) HM
56 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Garfield Park — George Halas — Chicago Tribute —
George Halas Football Coach 1895-1983 For half a century, George “Papa Bear” Halas was synonymous with the Chicago Bears. Founder of the football team, he was the team’s coach for 40 years and general manager for an additional . . . Map (db m188238) HM
57 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — "Barmaids Ordinance"
During the 1960's Chicago's 'Barmaids Ordinance' prohibited women, unrelated to the owner, from tending bar in Chicago. In 1970, the owners of this establishment hired airline Stewardesses to tend bar in defiance of City Ordinance. . . . Map (db m180591) HM
58 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Bertha Honore Palmer and Potter Palmer
The 1870 marriage of Bertha Honore and Potter Palmer united two of the wealthiest and most influential families of 19th century Chicago. Both were strong-willed individualists who used their economic power and social positions to carry out their . . . Map (db m188620) HM
59 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Bryan Lathrop HouseChicago Landmark
Bryan Lathrop House McKim, Mead and White, architects 1892 Drawing inspiration from the neo-classical styles of the eighteenth century, Charles Follen McKim here created a residence of great dignity and elegance. The clarity and . . . Map (db m180726) HM
60 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Catholic CemeteryHidden Truths
Chicago's early Catholic Cemetery ran from North Av. south to Schiller St., and Dearborn St. to the lake, now Astor St. Established in 1845, it existed until the 1871 Chicago Fire charred the grounds. Like the City Cemetery to the north, not all . . . Map (db m10665) HM
61 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Churchill Corner
A crossroads in the development of Oekology (Ecology) at the turn of the century. Named for Dr. Frank Spooner Churchill an early pediatrician, medical inspector of Chicago's Board of Health who pioneered reforms in pure food, water, air and . . . Map (db m229292) HM
62 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Irna Phillips — Chicago Tribute —
Irna Phillips Script Writer 1901-1973 The "mother of the soap opera," Irna Phillips single-handedly created a unique form of entertainment that began on radio but reached its biggest audience through television. Phillips's . . . Map (db m188085) HM
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63 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — James Charnley House
has been designated a National Historic Landmark This home, designed in 1891 by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, is an important work in the development of modern residential architecture and possesses national significance . . . Map (db m188276) HM
64 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — John Wellborn Root — Chicago Tribute —
John Wellborn Root Architect 1850-1891 John Wellborn Root's architectural designs helped to establish Chicago as the birthplace of modern architecture. After the Great Fire of 1871, Root came here from New York City to . . . Map (db m188509) HM
65 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Louise DeKoven Bowen — Chicago Tribute —
Louise DeKoven Bowen Social Reformer 1859 - 1953 Although she lived with all the privileges of wealth, Louise DeKoven Bowen dedicated her life to social reform in Chicago. Her tireless efforts for the rights of women, children, . . . Map (db m188525) HM
66 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Patterson-McCormick Mansion
Originally built in 1891 for Elinor "Cissy" Patterson by architect Stanford White and late enlarged and occupied by Cyrus H. McCormick. This landmark property is now individual condominium residences.Map (db m132002) HM
67 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Robert McCormick — Chicago Tribute —
Robert McCormick Newspaper editor and publisher 1880 - 1955 Robert McCormick, known as “the Colonel” for his service in World War I, served as editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. He made the . . . Map (db m188582) HM
68 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Walgreens1200 North Dearborn Street
This is the 1000th Walgreen Drugstore. Walgreen Co. was founded in 1901 on Chicago’s South Side by Charles L. Walgreen, Sr. A replica of the original store can be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois.Map (db m180342) HM
69 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Gold Coast — Wooden Alley
Built: 1909 Restored: 2011 Listed on The National Register Of Historic Places on May 22, 2002. Located within The Astor Street Chicago Landmark District, designated on December 19, 1975 This alley stretching between N. Astor and N. State . . . Map (db m132068) HM
70 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
71 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
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72 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
73 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
74 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
75 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
76 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
77 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
78 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
79 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
80 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Grand Boulevard (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
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81 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Greater Grand Crossing — Confederate Mound Monument
Confederate Dead Erected to the memory of the six thousand southern soldiers here buried, who died in Camp Douglas Prison 1862-5. These men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died.Map (db m63605) WM
82 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Groveland Park — Stephen A. Douglas MemorialLeonard W. Volk, designer and sculptor 1881 — Chicago Landmark —
United States Senator Stephen Douglas, who died in 1861 at the age of forty-eight, was a firm believer in the future of Chicago. He held states offices and became nationally known for his debating skill in the Senate and in his campaign against . . . Map (db m120728) HM
83 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Groveland Park — Stephen A. Douglas: Douglas and Lincoln
Illinois's 1858 contest for United States senator pitted nationally-renowned Democrat Stephen A. Douglas against the relatively unknown Republican, Abraham Lincoln. The candidates met in seven joint debates, clashing on the issue of allowing . . . Map (db m189620) HM
84 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Groveland Park — Stephen A. Douglas: The Chicago Years
Stephen A. Douglas became a Chicago resident in 1847, moving from central Illinois after his election as U.S. Senator. He intended to build on his lakeside property, named Oakenwald, a gentleman's estate including a mansion, stables, and a . . . Map (db m120727) HM
85 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Groveland Park — Stephen A. Douglas: The Douglas Tomb
Stephen A. Douglas died June 7, 1861, and was buried near his Chicago cottage. Friends soon organized the Douglas Monument Association to construct a suitable tomb near the site. Work on the monument, designed by Leonard W. Volk, began in 1866, . . . Map (db m189627) HM
86 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Groveland Park — Stephen Arnold Douglas1813-1861
Stephen Arnold Douglas, one of the most distinguished statesmen of his day, was a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Member of the House of Representatives, and United States Senator. Although a political rival of Lincoln, he supported the . . . Map (db m120707) HM
87 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Hyde Park — "Original Professors’ Row"
Built in 1903, this city block of semi-attached row houses from 5200 to 5244 South Greenwood Avenue is considered the original professors’ row of the University of Chicago. Samuel Gross, developer, and Joseph Brompton, architectMap (db m187528) HM
88 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Hyde Park — Enrico and Laura Fermi
The atomic age arrived on December 2, 1942, when Enrico Fermi produced the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. He did this in a laboratory under the Stagg Field bleachers at the University of Chicago. That work led to the . . . Map (db m188035) HM
89 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Hyde Park — Greenwood Row Houses — Chicago Landmark District —
This group of 20 visually distinctive row houses was built in 1903 by one of Chicago's most prolific early developers, Samuel E. Gross. The fine detailing and craftsmanship used for building entrances and cornices reflect the influence of the . . . Map (db m188627) HM
90 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Hyde Park — Masaryk Memorial Monument1850 - 1937
Rising out of the fertile Bohemian soil, the Blanik Mountain stands eternally vigilant, its verdant slopes sheltering a wealth of age-old folklore. According to an old legend, slumbering within its cool mountainous depths, the Blanik Knights . . . Map (db m189720) HM
91 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Hyde Park — Obama Kissing Rock
"On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate." - President Barack Obama From an interview in . . . Map (db m187907) HM
92 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Hyde Park — Site of the First Self-sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain ReactionDecember 2, 1942
Physicist Enrico Fermi and his colleagues established the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear reaction in makeshift laboratories constructed under the grandstands of Stagg Field Stadium on December 2, 1942. The success of this experiment . . . Map (db m69608) HM
93 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Jackson Park — The Norway Building
The Norway Building stood on this site for the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition. After the Fair Chicago millionaire C.K. Billings purchased the structure and moved it to his estate in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. William Wrigley of chewing gum fame . . . Map (db m125028) HM
94 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Kenwood — Gwendolyn Brooks: The Oracle of Bronzeville
Gwendolyn Brooks: The Oracle of Bronzeville June 7, 1917 - December 3, 2000 Margot McMahon Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (1950) American Academy of Arts and Letters (1976) Poet Laureate of the United States (1985) National Women's Hall of . . . Map (db m188266) HM
95 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Kenwood — Julius Rosenwald — Chicago Tribute —
Julius Rosenwald Businessman and philanthropist 1862 - 1932 Sears, Roebuck & Company became a household name because of the energy and vision of Julius Rosenwald. He developed Sears’ mail-order business when much of the nation . . . Map (db m188774) HM
96 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Kenwood — Kenwood — Landmark District —
Once referred to as the "Lake Forest of the South," this residential suburb was annexed to Chicago in 1889. It was home to many of the city's leading industrialists, who built residences designed by such notable architects as George Maher, . . . Map (db m188828) HM
97 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Kenwood — Kenwood United Church of Christ — Chicago Landmark —
Kenwood United Church of Christ William. W. Boyington and Henry B. Wheelock, architects 1887-88 This Richardsonian Romanesque-style church building is a textbook example of this medieval-influenced style, popular in the late nineteenth . . . Map (db m188566) HM
98 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Kenwood — Louis Henry Sullivan — Chicago Tribute —
Louis Henry Sullivan Architect 1856 - 1924 Known as the “prophet of modern architecture,” Louis Sullivan advocated creating buildings that honestly mirrored their time, place and technology. Unlike many architects of the period . . . Map (db m188759) HM
99 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Kenwood — McKinley Morganfield "Muddy Waters" — Chicago Tribute —
McKinley Morganfield "Muddy Waters" Blues musician 1915 - 1983 Nicknamed for the puddles he played in while growing up in Mississippi, Muddy Waters learned harmonica and guitar while working as a sharecropper. He came to . . . Map (db m188336) HM
100 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Lake View — (Former) Marshfield Trust and Savings BankWilliam Gibbons Uffendell, architect — 1924 —
This terra-cotta-clad flat-iron building makes the most of its triangular building lot. Like many neighborhood banks from the 1920s, the Marshfield Trust and Savings Bank employed the Classical Revival style of architecture to convey a sense of . . . Map (db m208809) HM

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