As I mentioned earlier, I believe that everything Duke Slater accomplished in his lifetime in the city of Chicago warrants an honorary street named after him in that town.  When you look at Chicago honorary street names, it’s interesting to see the diverse and unique personalities that have had this honor bestowed on them – from the famous to the honorable to the absurd.

I’ve put together a list of 100 of the most interesting people and entities that have Chicago honorary streets named after them.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but here are some of the people with honorary Chicago street names that I found particularly unique!

Chicago Honorary Street Names

35 Year Teacher Mary Garramone of Riis Elementary – Yes, that’s the full title on her honorary street sign.  It would just be snarky to ask what it was that she did.

Albertina Walker & The Caravans Drive – Gospel music group

Abe “Fluky” Drexler Way – Hot dog magnate

Abram D. Davis Blvd – Founded Allied Radio Corp.

Artensa Randolph Ave – Served on the Chicago Housing Authority’s Board of Directors and pushed for better conditions in public housing

Barbara Taylor Bowman Place – Expert in early childhood education

Ben Hecht Way – Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

Bernie Mac Street – Comedian

Bill Veeck Drive – Colorful owner of baseball’s Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox

Bishop Arthur Brazier Ave – Bishop prominent in Chicago’s civil rights movement

Bishop Harry W. Goldsberry St – Founded Chicago’s Faith Temple Church

Bob Fosse Way – Won a record eight Tony Awards for choreography

Butch McGuire Way – Owned and operated a South Side pub for forty years

Capt. Ernest A. Griffin Blvd – South Side funeral director who presided over the funerals of Elijah Muhammad and track star Jesse Owens

Cardinal Stepinac Way – Croation cardinal who died while falsely imprisoned in Yugoslavia for defending Catholicism; honors the nearby Croation Catholic Church

Carmel B. Harvey Jr Drive – Vietnam War Medal of Honor winner

Coach K Way – Longtime basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils

Coach Sonny Shapiro Way – Supervised the Lorenz Brentano School fieldhouse and playground for nearly four decades

Curtis Mayfield Ave – Soul and R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer

Cynthia Eckner Way – Longtime crossing guard at nearby Queen of Angels School

Daniel J. Edelman Place – Founded one of the largest public relations firms in the world

Deacon Rudy Schoewe Way – World War II Navy veteran and a deacon for nearly three decades

Diana Princess of Wales Place – Princess Di spent three days in Chicago in 1996.  No, I’m not kidding.

Doctor Henry M. Williamson Sr Way – Pastor in Chicago for 16 years

Donald F Flynn Ct – Founder of a recycled auto parts company and for a time owned Blockbuster Corp.

Dr Caesar Portes Way – Pioneer in the early detection of cancer

Dr D Rayford Bell Dr – Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith for over ten years

Dr J Jayalalitha Way – Indian actor turned politician

Dr James B Stovall Dr – Founded the Bright Star Church of God In Christ

Dr Margaret Burroughs Ave – Artist, writer, and co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History

Dr Rev Ramona Joseph Dr – Longtime South Side church pastor

Dr Wilfred Reid Dr – Organized programs to produce new homes for communities near his West and South Side churches

Dr. Robert E Wooten Sr St – Musician, choir master, and founder of the Wooten Choral Ensemble

Ed Paschke Way – Famed Chicago artist and painter

Elder Bennie Allison Blvd – Founder of the Corinthian Temple Church of God in Christ

Elder Milton Oliver Dr – Founder and pastor of the Ambassadors for Christ Church of God in Christ

Emmett Till Road – 14-year-old Chicago boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955; the racially motivated crime was a pivotal event in the Civil Rights movement.

Ernest Jones Way – Police bodyguard for thirty years who protected visiting dignitaries from Martin Luther King to James Brown

Fazlur Khan St – Structural engineer and architect who designed the Sears Tower

Florence Stepner Way – Served as an unofficial welcoming party to immigrants arriving in her West Rogers Park neighborhood

Fr Marian Butrynsky Way – Ukranian who served as pastor at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

Frank Sinatra Place – Really?  Do I really need to explain who Frank Sinatra was?

Frankie Knuckles Way – Grammy Award-winning DJ called “The Godfather of House Music”

George Halas Dr – “Papa Bear”, the longtime owner of the Chicago Bears

Golda Meir Blvd – First female Prime Minister of Israel

Golden Mile – The first honorary street, named in 1964 for Chicago’s banking and financial institutions

Harlem Globetrotters Way – Iconic exhibition basketball team that originated on the South Side

Harold “Harry” Hanson Avenue – Owned Bob Inn Grill for over forty years

Harriet O’Donnell Way – Community activist and founder of the Greater Rockwell Organization

Harry Carey Dr – Legendary baseball broadcaster (Cubs win!  Cubs win!)

Henry Ford Dr – Founder of Ford Motor Company responsible for the popularization of assembly line manufacturing

Hon Anthony J De Tolve Way – Lawyer who served in the Illinois House and Senate

Hon Walter J Cummings Way – Federal judge and U.S. Solicitor General

Hugh M. Hefner Way – Founder of Playboy Enterprises

Ira Colitz Way – Insurance executive and longtime Democratic political operative

Jack Brickhouse Way – Chicago Cubs play-by-play sportscaster on WGN-TV

Jacqueline B Vaughn Road – First African-American and first female to head the Chicago Teachers Union

James P Tillman Sr St – Founder and pastor of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church

Jesse C White Way – First African-American Secretary of State of Illinois

Jesse Owens Dr – African-American track and field star whose domination of the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany infuriated Adolf Hitler

Jimmy Rogers Street – Blues singer and member of Muddy Waters’ band

John B Duff Way – Former president of nearby Columbia College of Chicago

John H. H. Sengstacke Ave – Longtime publisher of the Chicago Defender, one of the nation’s leading African-American newspapers

John L Waner Ave – Regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Joseph K Dinkel Dr – German baker who opened popular Dinkel’s Bakery

Karl Lambrecht Strasse Dr – Pioneer in the field of optics manufacturing

King Sargon Drive – Ancient Mesopotamian ruler and “world’s first emperor”; honors the local Assyrian community

Lou Mitchell Way – Named after Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant, a historic diner

Lou Rawls Ave – Singer, songwriter, and record producer

Louis “Studs” Terkel Bridge Pkwy – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime radio broadcaster

Ludwig Erdbeer Way – Founder of nearby Ludwig Interiors

Maurice Sternberg Way – Fine art dealer Galleries Maurice Sternberg

Mayor Harold Washington Blvd – First black mayor of Chicago

Michael Jordan Drive – I think he played basketball or something.

Mike Ditka Way – Famous coach of Da Bears

Mike Royko PlaceChicago Tribune columnist

Morton A Paradise Way – Deputy Sheriff of Cook County and Precinct Captain for the 50th Ward

Mother Teresa Way – 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner

Muddy Waters Drive – Musician known as “the father of modern Chicago blues”

Officer Brian Strouse Way – Police officer killed in 2001 in the line of duty while monitoring gang activity

Oprah Winfrey Way – Television talk show host

Pat Sajak Ave – Longtime host of Wheel of Fortune

Paul Harvey Dr – Radio broadcaster who brought you “the rest of the story”

Paul Robeson Dr – College and pro football pioneer, singer, actor, and civil rights activist

Rev Dr Jeremiah A Wright Dr – Pastor whose congregation included President Barack Obama

Robert S Abbott Ave – Founded the Chicago Defender newspaper

Sam Cooke Way – Pioneer of soul music

Sam Wanamaker Street – Film director and actor

Sammy Davis Jr Dr – Singer, dancer, impressionist, and member of the Rat Pack

Sammy Sosa Ave – Home run hitter for the Chicago Cubs

Siskel & Ebert Way – Movie critics famous for their thumbs up/thumbs down voting method

Sophie Madej Street – Owned Polish diner “Sophie’s Busy Bee”

Stanley Paul Way – Popular pianist and bandleader

The Hon Elijah Muhammad Way – Led the Nation of Islam from 1934 to 1975

The Magnificent Mile – The most well-known of Chicago’s honorary streets runs right through the downtown area.

Victor Skrebneski Way – Famous photographer

W James M Rochford St - Police chief of the Chicago Police Department

Wally Phillips Way – Longtime radio personality for WGN Radio

Walter Payton Place – Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back

Zum Deutschen Eck Strasse – Named in honor of now-defunct German restaurant Zum Deutschen Eck

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