Chicago Stuff Named After Obscure Politicians

We all know who Lincoln Park is named for. And Grant Park. And Madison Street. And Daley Plaza. But here are some Chicago streets, parks, landmarks and institutions named after lesser-known politicians.

Altgeld Gardens: John Peter Altgeld, governor of Illinois from 1893 to 1897.

Cermak Avenue: Anton Cermak, Chicago mayor who died as a result of a 1933 assassination attempt on President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Colfax Avenue: Schuyler Colfax, vice president under Ulysses S. Grant. (Colfax was also the Speaker of House portrayed in the movie "Lincoln.")

Dan Ryan Expressway
: Dan Ryan Jr., president of the Cook County Board from 1954 to 1961.

Douglas Boulevard, Park and neighborhood
: Sen. Stephen Douglas, who owned a farm and is buried there, under a 70-foot tall monument.

Fuller Park: Named after Melville Fuller, a Chicagoan who served as Chief Justice of the United States from 1888 to 1910.

Gompers Park: Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor.

Lozano Public Library: Rudy Lozano, the first serious Mexican-American candidate for alderman.

Thurgood Marshall Public Library: The first African-American Supreme Court Justice, who served from 1967 to 1990.

Merlo Public Library: Alderman and state senator John Merlo.

McKinley Park
: President William McKinley after his assassination.

Ogden Avenue: William Ogden, first mayor of Chicago.

Osterman Beach: Kathy Osterman, alderman of the 44th Ward from 1987 to 1989.

Welles Park: Gideon Welles, secretary of the Navy under Abraham Lincoln.

Wentworth Park
: “Long John” Wentworth, mayor of Chicago in the 1850s and 1860s.
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