The Chicago Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame: Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Pioneers

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame in Chicago

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame in Chicago

Sears & Roebuck founder Richard W. Sears spent...

Sears & Roebuck founder Richard W. Sears spent his last years on his farm near Waukesha. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, USA

English: Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

To immortalize outstanding American merchants”, Joseph Kennedy commissioned these eight busts, four times life size:[5]

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.

American business executive and philanthropist...

American business executive and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (1882-1932) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American business executive and philanthropist...

American business executive and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (1882-1932) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

The pendulum clock at the Chicago Museum of Sc...

The pendulum clock at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Elkington Wood (June 13, 1879 – November 6, 1969) was a U.S. Army Brigadier General and businessman who held a leadership position at Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Frank Winfield Woolworth

Frank Winfield Woolworth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Frank Winfield Woolworth

Frank Winfield Woolworth

Marshall Field (August 18, 1834 – January 16, 1906) was founder of Marshall Field and Company, the Chicago-based department stores.

Marshall Field

Marshall Field

English: Aaron Montgomery Ward

English: Aaron Montgomery Ward (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Montgomery Ward

Aaron Montgomery Ward

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.

English: Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois. ...

English: Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, constructed 1928–1930. Français : Le Merchandise Mart, à Chicago, en Illinois (États-Unis). Bâtiment dessiné par Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, et construit entre 1928 et 1930. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Chicago Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame

The Chicago Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame

Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame

General Robert Wood

General Robert Wood

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