Chicago News Roundup: In Remembrance of Queen Elizabeth’s Visit to Chicago, R. Kelly’s Trial Continues and More


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In memory of Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Chicago in 1959

Chicago will forever have a special connection with Queen Elizabeth II, who died today at the age of 96.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch visited Chicago in 1959 with her husband, Prince Philip, at the invitation of then-Mayor Richard J. Daley. The royal couple were in the United States for an official tour of the Great Lakes region following the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It would be their only US port of disembarkation on the tour.

According to reports at the time, more than a million spectators lined the shores of the lake and Michigan Avenue for a parade to welcome the couple after they arrived via HMY Britannia at Buckingham Fountain Landing .


Mayor Richard Daley is among the entourage of dignitaries and troops who greet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip upon their arrival in Chicago in 1959.

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“A wild and noisy reception took place at the edge of the lake. Jets crossed above our heads. Fireboats threw plumes of water 100 feet into the air. Mortars bombarded the sunny blue skies with the Stars and Stripes and Union Jacks,” Chicago Daily News reporter Henry M. Hanson wrote of the festivities surrounding the royal arrival.

Among the locations visited on a whirlwind 14-hour tour by the Queen and her husband were Navy Pier where a 2,300ft-long red carpet greeted them for a glimpse of the Chicago International Trade Fair, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, University of Chicago, lunch at the Ambassador Hotel and official gala dinner at the Conrad Hilton Hotel.

During an unexpected tour stop, the Queen had an emergency dental filling by a Chicago dentist in her downtown office hours before the gala dinner.


Queen Elizabeth II took part in a parade along the lake in Grant Park with Illinois Governor William Stratton and Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1959.

You can find out more about the Queen’s visit and additional archive photos here.

More news you need

  1. The civilian agency that oversees the Chicago Police Department has released a final report into the fatal police shooting of Anthony Alvarez, who was killed in a foot chase last year. Among other findings, the Civilian Police Accountability Office determined that Constable Evan Solano’s use of lethal force against Alvarez was not justified.
  2. Chicago’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition sent a truckload of drinking water to flood victims in eastern Kentucky today. The donation comes as eastern Kentucky continues to deal with fallout from storms in late July that caused deadly flooding in the area.
  3. The federal trial of R. Kelly in Chicago resumed today with Derrell McDavid, Kelly’s former business manager, taking the stand for a second day. Our Andy Grimm has the latest from Dirksen’s Federal Courthouse here.
  4. A nearly 100-year-old road that runs through Harvey, Dixmoor and Riverdale will be upgraded for the first time in its history with a $94 million state investment, officials say. The project will take approximately two full construction seasons with an expected completion date of summer 2025.
  5. At a meeting with locals last night, Senator Robert Peters and State Rep. Marcus Evans laid out a plan to create Chicago’s first offshore wind farm on the Southeast Side. Our Brett Chase has more on the ground from lawmakers and how residents are reacting here.

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‘Same page’: Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki and Toy Matsushita performer face major league rookie seasons together

The player-performer relationship goes far beyond interviews and press conferences. For an MLB rookie like Seiya Suzuki, who is living and working for the first time in the United States, his interpreter Toy Matsushita not only acts as a bridge between the player and his teammates and coaches, but also serves as a de facto guide through an unknown league and country.

So how’s it been all this time together?

“A lot of things are new for both of us,” Suzuki said via Matsushita. “… I think this year is really important as a springboard. I’m trying to learn things here, and he’s trying to learn things too. So we are both on the same page.

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Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki and performer Toy Matsushita are both in their first year in MLB.

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Suzuki said his first impression of Matsushita was that he was young. At 25, he’s not much younger than Suzuki, who turned 28 a few weeks ago. They quickly developed an almost brotherly dynamic, which was evident when they moved to UCLA this spring for a few weeks of training as Suzuki navigated free agency.

Matsushita’s ability to speak and translate the baseball vernacular impressed the clubhouse. This is a specialized skill that is not easy to find. And it is necessary for the development of a player. If an English-speaking coach has identified a swing adjustment, for example, that information must actually pass through the interpreter.

Matsushita never played baseball, but his late grandfather, Yoji Suzuki, passed on his love for the sport to him. Born in Tokyo and raised in Guam, Matsushita watched the Yankees with his grandfather, who taught him the ins and outs of the game.

Matsushita never played baseball, but his late grandfather, Yoji Suzuki, passed on his love for the sport to him. Born in Tokyo and raised in Guam, Matsushita watched the Yankees with his grandfather, who taught him the ins and outs of the game.

Maddie Leehas more with Suzuki and Matsushita here.

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Your daily question☕

What does democracy mean to you?

A lot of Americans are probably asking themselves that question these days. The November midterm elections are fast approaching. Reproductive rights and voting rights are under attack. It’s no wonder that in a recent poll, one in five Americans – 21% – said “threats to democracy” are the most important issue facing the country today, a bigger concern than inflation, employment, economy, climate change and immigration.

We want to hear from readers on this critical issue. Is American democracy in crisis? If so, what should our nation do to avoid the crisis? What can we do as a country to foster greater civic participation?

Send your thoughts in a letter of 250 words or less to [email protected]with “Democracy” in the subject line.

We will publish a selection of letters in print and online on September 15, the International Day of Democracy, as part of a collaborative project between media organizations across the country that will publish reports, editorials and other coverage of the state of democracy in America. .

Yesterday we asked you: what do all Chicagoans have in common?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Know the rules for dibs. I can tell you’re a stranger when you don’t know the rules. — Lauren Edwards

“Our love of food as Chicago has some of the best restaurants to offer.” —Maurice Snell

“We all have stories of the worst winter we can remember.” — Linda Brons Douglas

“They are tough and resilient.” —Jim Buttner

“Say pop and sneakers.” — Jim Williamson

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