Monument to the Great Northern Migration
Alison Saar’s bronze figure is a testament to the thousands of African Americans who migrated to Chicago in the early 20th century in search of greater freedom and opportunity. The traveler’s hand is raised in salutation to his new home. In his other hand he carries a worn suitcase symbolic of his journey, dreams and talents.
The figure is facing north, symbolizing the traveler’s destination.
My mother’s family was a part of that migration. My father’s family came to Chicago years earlier.
A kinder gentler name for the police department.
Holy Name Cathedral opened in 1874 and became the seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago. It was built after the Chicago Fire destroyed the Cathedral of St. Mary. An attic fire closed it for most of 2008 and 2009. It’s Midnight Mass on Christmas is broadcast around the world via WGN TV.
Steps marking the population of what we now call Chicago at various points. The estimate was 50 in 1673 but only 50 more came 100 years later.