Happy Birthday John Kinzie! (Who?)

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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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