Congratulations to writer,Rick Kogan,and photographer, Charles Osgood, of the Chicago Tribune on publishing “Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago.”
Taken from their “Sidewalks” column for the Tribune Sunday Magazine, this book tells an amazing story of our City and its people.

Over the years, Rick Kogan has been one of the Chicago media people who has most closely touched our lives. Rick was researching the life of
our founder, Eli Schulman, with a series of interviews shortly before Eli’s passing in 1988, As a result, Rick wrote the very powerful obituary for Eli that
was read into the Congressional Record by then Congressman Dan Rostenkowski and then later reproduced in “Chicago Lives,” a collection of leading obituaries of
20th Century Chicago.
On a happier note, it was Rick who wrote about the dedication of the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park in 1990 and then in a column for
the Tribune on Sunday, November 15, 1992 wrote about the first Magnificent Mile Lights Festival that was planned for the following week. Rick wrote about the
plans for the event and quoted me as the Founding Chairman of the event saying that “we
think this will mark the new coming of age of
Michigan Avenue” and that our hope is that the lighting of the trees will become a holiday highlight.“ Fifteen years later we are so happy with the growth of
the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival into of the countries leading holiday events so Rick’s quote truly rings true.

In 2006, Rick and photographer Charles Osgood came out to our neighborhood on the northwest side to highlight the work of our local Alderman,
Tom Allen of the 38th Ward. We were honored to be mentioned in the article forour support of the community.

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