“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Chicago Tribute Historical Markers

This series of roughly eighty markers, produced as a joint effort of the Chicago Tribune Foundation, the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, commemorates "notable Chicagoans by marking the places where they lived or worked". See for more information.
Bessie Coleman Marker - wide view image, Touch for more information
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 27, 2021
Bessie Coleman Marker - wide view
1Illinois, 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
2Illinois, 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
3Illinois, 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
4Illinois, 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
5Illinois, 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
6Illinois, 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
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7Illinois, 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
8Illinois, 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
9Illinois, 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
10Illinois, 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
11Illinois, 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
12Illinois, 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
13Illinois, 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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14Illinois, 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
15Illinois, 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
16Illinois, 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
17Illinois, 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
18Illinois, 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
19Illinois, 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
20Illinois, 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
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21Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Lake View East — Pearl M. Hart — Chicago Tribute —
Pearl M. Hart Attorney 1890-1975 Pearl M. Hart practiced law in Chicago for 61 years as an advocate for the oppressed, most notably children, women, immigrants and homosexuals. Hart grew up in the bustling Russian Jewish . . . Map (db m188273) HM
22Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Lincoln Park — László Moholy-Nagy — Chicago Tribute —
László Moholy-Nagy came to Chicago in 1937 to direct the New Bauhaus, an experimental art and design school. One of the most creative personalities of his time, Moholy-Nagy was a writer, painter, photographer, filmmaker, teacher, . . . Map (db m188068) HM
23Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Lincoln Park — Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini — Chicago Tribute —
Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic nun, founder of religious and social institutions 1850 - 1917 Mother Frances Cabrini was the first American declared a saint by the Catholic Church. She was recognized for her tireless work . . . Map (db m187989) HM
24Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Near North Side — Ellis Chesbrough — Chicago Tribute —
Ellis Chesbrough Engineer 1813-1886 By 1855, Chicago was a growing city encountering problems with its water supply and sewage disposal. In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage Commissioners . . . Map (db m188067) HM
25Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Near South Side — George PullmanIndustrialist 1831-1897 — Chicago Tribute —
George Pullman established his reputation in Chicago in 1859 by inventing a way to raise buildings to the new street level required for installation of a sewer system. In 1863, he began converting railroad passenger cars into luxury sleeping . . . Map (db m99944) HM
26Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, North Lawndale — Benny Goodman — Chicago Tribute —
Benny Goodman 1909–1986 Musician Benny Goodman, premier jazz clarinetist, band leader and composer, enjoyed a career that spanned seven decades. The Goodman family settled at 1125 South Francisco Avenue when Benny was eight. . . . Map (db m187766) HM
27Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Oakland — Hannah Greenebaum Solomon — Chicago Tribute —
Hannah Greenebaum Solomon Social Reformer 1858 - 1942 Hannah Greenebaum Solomon's lifelong activism on behalf of women and children stemmed from her deep conviction for social justice and universal brotherhood. At Chicago's . . . Map (db m188316) HM
28Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, River North — Ruth PageChicago Tribute
Ruth Page Dancer and Choreographer 1899 - 1991 Ruth Page was a pioneering figure in American dance, and the most influential dance presence that Chicago has ever known. Choreographing operas into ballets, she created an . . . Map (db m181012) HM
29Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, South Side — Mahalia Jackson — Chicago Tribute —
Mahalia Jackson Gospel singer 1911 - 1972 One of thousands of black Southerners to move north during the Great Migration, Mahalia Jackson arrived in Chicago in 1927, bringing with her the rich tradition of New Orleans gospel . . . Map (db m188245) HM
30Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, South Side — Thomas A. Dorsey — Chicago Tribute —
Thomas A. Dorsey Musician 1899 - 1993 The “father of gospel music,” Thomas Dorsey mixed jazz, blues and spirituals to create a new musical genre. Composer, publisher and promoter, he toured the United States with legends Mahalia . . . Map (db m188247) HM
31Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Streeterville — Catherine and Jean-Baptiste Point du SableFur traders and farmers — Chicago Tribute —
Considered the founders of Chicago, Catherine (1756 - 1809) and Jean Baptiste (1745 - 1818) Point du Sable established a fur trading post on this site in the 1770s or early 1780s, approximately a half century before Chicago was incorporated. This . . . Map (db m99739) HM
32Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Streeterville — Ludwig Mies van der RoheChicago Tribute
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Architect 1886 - 1969 The master of Modern architecture and one of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reshaped the skylines of America’s major cities in the 1950s, '60s, . . . Map (db m181521) HM
33Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Uptown — Margaret Anderson — Chicago Tribute —
Margaret Anderson Editor and Writer 1886-1973 Margaret Anderson awoke one night curiously depressed from the realization that there was nothing inspiring in her life. As the remedy, she founded the avant-garde literary . . . Map (db m188044) HM
34Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Woodlawn — John Dewey — Chicago Tribute —
John Dewey Philosopher and educator 1859 - 1952 John Dewey was one of the foremost philosophers of the twentieth century and a founder of the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago. He played a role in public life that few . . . Map (db m188254) HM
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