Postal Building Named for Legendary Singer-Songwriter

Building dedicated in honor of “City of New Orleans,” “Go Cubs Go” writer

October 01, 2010 

The building housing the Lakeview Station will be formally renamed in honor of the popular Chicago singer-songwriter Steve Goodman.

Sunday, October 10 - 3 p.m.

Lakeview Station, 1340 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago IL 60613-9998

Gloria Tyson, District Manager/Postmaster, U.S. Postal Service, Chicago District
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5)
Minette Goodman, Steve Goodman’s mother
Nancy Goodman, Steve Goodman’s wife
Bonnie Koloc, Steve Levitt, Chris Farrell, Barb Barrow, Bob Goins, Harry Waller, Corky Siegel, and other musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music
Ed Holstein, singer-songwriter and former manager, Holstein’s folk music club

Steve Goodman (1948 – 1984) was a popular singer-songwriter and a fixture on Chicago’s folk music scene in the late ‘60s and ‘70s.  The Chicago native is best known for his song, “City of New Orleans,” which was a Top 20 hit for Arlo Guthrie in 1972, and has since become an American music standard.  Among his many popular recordings are two local standards,  “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” and “Go Cubs Go;” the lifelong Cubs fan succumbed to leukemia in 1984, just days before the Cubs clinched their first postseason appearance in 39 years.

Rep. Quigley introduced legislation this year to rename the building housing the Lakeview Station in honor of Goodman.  President Barack Obama signed the bill August 3.

Chicago District Manager/Postmaster Gloria Tyson and Rep. Quigley will speak at this afternoon’s dedication ceremony. Goodman’s mother, Minette, his wife Nancy, and several performers from the Old Town School of Folk Music will celebrate Goodman’s life in story and song.  Ed Holstein, one of Goodman’s contemporaries and manager of a folk music club he ran with his brothers Fred and Alan, will serve as master of ceremonies.

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