History in Hyde Park Chicago
Notorious

5052 South Ellis Avenue

Leopold & Loeb - Home of Bobby Franks

Bobby Franks was the 14-year-old murder victim of notorious killers Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb in May 1924.  His family lived across the street from the Loeb family mansion at 5052 South Ellis Avenue, and Bobby Franks was picked seemingly at random on the day of the murder.  Franks was a second cousin of Loeb, and Franks' father was millionaire Jacob Franks.

4751 South Greenwood Avenue

Leopold & Loeb - Home of Nathan Leopold

This was the home of Nathan Leopold, Jr.

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5017 South Ellis Avenue

Leopold & Loeb - Home of Richard Loeb

he home of Richard Loeb was located at 5017 South Ellis Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  

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History in Hyde Park Chicago
Sports

1100 East 57th Street

Jay Berwanger

Jay Berwanger, a halfback for the University of Chicago Maroons, won the first Heisman Trophy in 1935.  (It was called the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy during the first year of its existence.)  He was subsequently the first player ever chosen in the NFL draft, having been selected with the first pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, who promptly traded him to the Chicago Bears. 

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History in Hyde Park Chicago
Trivia

Ellis Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets

The First Artificial, Self-sustaining Nuclear Reaction

The first artificial, self-sustaining nuclear reaction was initiated within Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor, on a squash court underneath the west stands at the abandoned Alonzo Stagg Field at Ellis Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, where the University of Chicago had recently discontinued its football program. 

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