History in West Garfield Park
Residents

4356 West Washington Boulevard

George Halas

George Halas founded the Chicago Bears.  'Nuff said.  He coached the team for 40 years and was general manager a decade thereafter.  He lived at 4356 West Washington Boulevard when he founded the team in 1922, the same year the American Professional Football Association became the NFL.  Under Halas, the Bears won six world championships and finished two seasons undefeated.

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History in West Garfield Park
Clubs and theaters

3829 West Madison Street

The Golden Pumpkin

The Golden Pumpkin called itself "the world's largest chinese cafe."  It opened in 1928 and was a performance venue for the likes of Gene Krupa and Bud Freeman.  The Golden Pumpkin was located in the Madison District at 3829 West Madison Street, which was a major musical theater district.  Thelma Terry, a famous jazz bandleader, and her "orchestra of smartly uniformed playboys" were The Golden Pumpkin's house band.  

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