Zoom in: Lakeview | Zoom in | Chicago Reader

Zoom in: Lakeview 

What's up with the street sign honoring Ric Hess?

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Most of the times that I notice an honorary street sign I have no idea who the honoree is. "Probably some politico," I think. Not so for Ric Hess Way, at the corner of Sheffield and School. Probably lots of people in the neighborhood knew Ric, who owned Sheffield's, the bar on that corner. Ric passed away suddenly in January. A March 9 City Council tribute reads in part, "Ric Hess was the life and soul of Sheffield's. He has been credited with making Sheffield's not only the friendliest in the neighborhood but also the first craft beer bar in Chicago that had a printed beer menu. . . . [He] became obsessed with wanting to serving the best barbecue possible so he went and toured the barbecue meccas of Tennessee, South Carolina, and Texas for ideas." And Ric did make some damn fine barbecue.

Have a peculiar observation or favorite oddity about a neighborhood? E-mail it to zoomin@chicagoreader.com.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Jerome Ludwig

Agenda Teaser

Galleries & Museums
September 01
Performing Arts
April 24

Popular Stories