I'm from Englewood and the Back of the Yards, so starting with the former, at various times we've had
Patrick "Packey" McFarland. Hall of Fame Boxer.
Conrad Dobler. All Pro football player.
Frank Corr. Mayor of Chicago.
Ed Kelly. Briefly before he was Mayor.
Charles Deneen. Governor of Illinois.
Steve Allen. Comedien.
I can only think of one from the Garfield Ridge area right now, Long John Wentworth. I guess Bill "Lippy" Lipinski (retired) from the House of Representatives might qualify, as well as his son Dan, second generation in the House. When Bill stepped down he used his clout to get Dan slated on the ballot.
The one bona fide famous person from Edgewater is Clayton Moore of Lone Ranger fame who grew up on Glenwood near Devon. Other "one time" residents include Johnny Weissmuller who's family lived on Granville near Broadway for a time when he was young, and Jim "Fibber McGee" Jordan who was living near the same intersection when his radio career took off in the mid 20's. Gloria Swanson started life as an authentic Andersonville Swede.
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The singer Wee Bonnie Baker lived in an apartment building across the street from my elementary school in Lincoln Park in the late 1940s with her husband and baby. I would not have recognized her at the time, but her song on the radio "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh", was very familiar.
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Mayor William Dever lived and died in Edgewater, 5901 N Kenmore (pretty sure he had another place there as well, seem to remember photographing it) and Mayor Martin Kennelly lived at 5555 N Sheridan after he left the South Side.
I lived in the Hermosa Park neighborhood and Walt Disney's family lived on Tripp Ave in the early 1900s. He was supposed to have went to Nixon School, the same school I went to on Keeler Ave. I don't know how many times we passed his boyhood home without realizing it.
I heard something about actor Michael Gross from Family Ties (with Michael J Fox) lived across the street from Hermosa Park on Kilbourn. He went to Kelvyn Park High and I remember a few friends and I searching the yearbooks for his picture. I believe his mother also worked at one of the schools (I can't say for certain). She was still alive in the 80s when I lived there. In 1990,my last year in Chicago, He was at Hermosa Park signing autographs for a few dollars and we were thinking about going to see him
You are correct, Michael Gross from Family Ties, Tremors, etc., did live there. He went to the high school that I went to – Kelyvn Park High – but I didn't know him because he graduated in 1965 and I graduated in 1970. Gross was the Class President and was also voted Most Popular.
actor Michael Gross mentioned once on TV his Chicago grammar school - St. Genevieve (near fullerton & cicero)
the late comedian Harvey Korman went to my CPS, grammar - Lowell on hirsh st, he being class of '41 I think
in the mid-'60s I'd be at my buddy Dave's house, an apartment bldg in the 1200 block of n. spaulding, and occasionaly his upstair neighbor would give us a few bucks to wash their walls. Dave called him 'Ascher', and he became a hollywood actor, I remember seeing him in a late '70s made-for-TV movie about the Kennedy clan, playing Joe Kennedy Jr. (the oldest son who died in WW2). His full name I think's Ascher Brauer