Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Steve Goodman Post Office

Steve Goodman was a Chicago music legend--singer/songwriter on par with Randy Newman, Cat Stevens, and that ilk.  He wrote a number of amazing songs, including "City of New Orleans"  He also wrote the song that the Cubs sing "Go Cubs Go."  as well as "The Dying Cubs Fan Last Request."  When I went to college, I had several of his albums, and was, well, not a superfan, but enjoyed his music.  I think he was much better known as  a songwriter than as a singer, but I knew his albums.

I didn't really know the Chicago connection, so imagine my surprise when I roll up to the post office on Southport and Irving Park and find this sign.

I immediately knew who they meant, but I was just so surprised to find out that he would have a post office dedicated to him.  I wondered if he had been a postman in his day job.  Then I found out about his Chicago connection, and his tragic fight with leukemia, which I hadn't known about.  And it made sense.
Did a little more research, and found that Obama had signed this building into law in 2010.

I think it's really great that the post office named a building after him.  Normalizing and memorializing artists is important.

Here's some more photos from the display case at the Post Office.

If you want to find out more about him, look at the Amazon links below or go to

You can find some of his music on Amazon:

CLICK HERE for a full set of albums, or browse some of his most famous below.

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