Happy Birthday John Kinzie! (Who?)


You likely know the street. You may even know the name. But do you know who John Kinzie was?
He was born 250 years ago and became a fur trader from Quebec. Kinzie moved to Chicago into the Du Sable Home along the river and was deemed Chicago’s first civilian.
With his influence in Chicago history, it’s a bit surprising how little people seem to know about him today.

WGN’s Amy Rutledge was with a “remarkably well preserved” John Kinzie today as he greeted Chicago residents and quizzed them on their knowledge about well, him.

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  • Brenda Kinzie Spear

    Thank you I got a kick out of this. I’m a descendant of John Kinzie. And I’m from Florida I had to laugh at this. I’m amazed at how little people know about their towns history. I enjoy finding stories about my family and its history. Thank you😉


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