I love the Chicago Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame in Chicago! You can pay your respects to the original Father’s of Chicago’s Business community. Some of Chicago’s most respected businessmen grace the river side of the Merchandise Mart entrance.
As a business school professor, I truly admire Chicago’s original movers and shakers. These are the business wizards that my students study in their management courses.
- retail magnates Frank Winfield Woolworth, Marshall Field and Aaron Montgomery Ward
- Julius Rosenwald and Robert Elkington Wood of Sears, Roebuck and Company fame
- advertiser John Wanamaker, merchandiser Edward Albert Filene, and A&P grocery chain founder George Huntington Hartford.
All of the busts rest on white stone pedestals.
Legendary Chicago businessmen included: Marshall Field, Montgomery Ward, Julius Rosenwald, Frank Winfield Woolworth and General Robert E. Wood. Techies can take a picture of these entrepreneurial guys for inspiration.
Julius Rosenwald (August 12, 1862 – January 6, 1932) was a manufacturer, business executive, and philanthropist who was part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company. He was the principal founder and financial backer for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He donated over $5 million to the museum.
Frank Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919) was the founder of F.W. Woolworth Company. He pioneered the of buying merchandise directly from manufacturers; a practice followed by Sam Walton of Walmart.
Aaron Montgomery Ward (February 17, 1843 – December 7, 1913) was an American businessman notable for the invention of the mail order business in Chicago in 1872. His innovative business model made the Chicago Post Office one of the largest in the country!
Dr. Eveann Lovero is a business school professor.
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