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** Honorary Ave. **

I am the cartoonist for Chicago Jazz Magazine and wonder if there are honorary street names for either Nat King Cole or Mel Torme? Many thanks! Charley Krebs

Asked by Anonymous

Hi Charley! Please forgive the delay in reply! As far as I know, sadly, neither one of these giants has an Honorary Street named after them in the city. Nat King Cole does have a park name after him but that’s as close as I’ve been able to find. Hope this helps some. 


Jessie A. Woods Way. Read up on the south side native who dedicated her life to educating and enriching the lives of young people through the arts here.

George W. Maher Way. Read up on the accomplished architect here.

Rev. M. E. Alexander Way. Almost nothing on him or his church, Union Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, online but trust, they’re there.

Dr. Charles G. Hayes Dr. Read up on the Woodlawn pastor and founder of Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer here.

Lee F. Flaherty Way. Find out more about the marathoner and much celebrated business man here.

Is it possible to get a photo of the Honorary Street for William Morefield?

Asked by Anonymous

Of course! What’s the intersection it’s at?

Lil Bobby Huges Ave. A tribute to a young victim of Chicago’s gun/gang violence. See the details here.

Frank Parker Way. Read up on the unlikely tennis champion here.

Richard X.G. Irwin Pl. Co-founder of SOAR, the Streeterville organization created 1975 to ensure the growth and well-being of residents and businesses in the area.

Phillip A. Lontoc St. Read up on the Filipino immigrant and the role he played in the formation of Chicago’s Filipino community after World War II here.

Leon M. Despres Way. Read up on the fame politician that got his start as the Alderman of Hyde Park the same day the first Daley was elected Mayor here.

Mother York Dr. Read up on the small woman that brought huge healing and redemptive gift to those in her south side community here.

Philip M. Klutznick Pl. & Allen M. Turner Pl. Read up on the long time real estate developer and partner of The Pritzker Organization here and here, respectively.

Bill Bartholomy Dr. Also the name of a foundation here in Chicago that I can find NO INFO on. Seriously, your guess is as good as mine with this one folks. Got a little knowledge? Leave me a comment!