History in Oakland

4060 South Lake Park Avenue

Hannah Solomon Founder National Council of Jewish Women

Social reformer Hannah Solomon founded the National Council of Jewish Women.  In 1897, she created the Bureau of Personal Service, providing help for immigrants and delinquents.  An elementary school named in her memory opened on the north side in 1957.  When she founded the national council of Jewish women, she resided at 4060 S Lake Park Avenue in the Oakland neighborhood of Chicago.

History in Oakland

4445 South Drexel Boulevard

King College Prep High School

King College Prep opened in 1971 at 4445 South Drexel Boulevard, and it is one of the Chicago public school system's nine selective enrollment schools.  Its approximately 900 students must apply to the school and are accepted according to their academic achievement and test scores.  King is home to the Jaguars and has produced numerous "Mr. Basketball" titleholders for the state of Illinois.  

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History in Oakland
Clubs and theaters

Southeast corner of Oakwood and Drexel

The Strode Hotel

The Strode Hotel, though neither a club nor a theater, once served as home away from home for jazz legends Sonny Stitt and Freddie Webster.  On April 1, 1947, Webster (a trumpeter whose sound was admired and emulated by both Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis) injected himself with a lethal dose of heroin and died at the hotel that was located here at the Southeast corner of Oakwood and Drexel, but has since been demolished. 

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