Antonín Čermák

Antonín Josef Čermák – Anton Joseph Cermak was Chicago’s 36th mayor (1931 – 1933). He was born near Prague in the town of Kladno, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) and emigrated […]

Ray Kroc

Ray Albert Kroc was born to parents of Czech origin, Rose Mary (Hrach) and Louis Kroc, in Oak Park, Illinois. His father was from the village Břasy near Pilsen (Plzeň), […]

Jim Lovell

Former NASA astronaut and retired United States Navy captain James Arthur “Jim” Lovell, Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio to a Czech mother, and presently lives in Chicago. After graduating […]

Jim Peterik

James Michael “Jim” Peterik was born in Berwyn, Illinois. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist of Czech ancestry was the lead singer and sole writer of the Ides of March’s […]

Judy Baar Topinka

Judy Baar Topinka was born in the Chicago suburb Riverside to first generation Czech- and Slovak-American Lillian and William D. Baar. She spoke excellent Czech. She never ceased to be a […]

Kim Novák

Kim Novak (Marilyn Pauline Novak) was born February 13, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, to Blanche Kral and Joseph Novak, both of whom were of Czech descent. She won two scholarships […]

Albín Polášek

Albín Polášek was born in Frenštát, Moravia (now Czech Republic). He immigrated to the United States at age 22 and became an American citizen in 1910. In 1909, Polášek won […]

George Halas

  George “Papa Bear” Halas was the founder, owner, and coach of the iconic Chicago Bears National Football League (NFL) team.  He is also credited with co-founding the NFL. George […]

Frank Jirka, Jr.

Frank J. Jirka Jr., the grandson of Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, served as a lieutenant in the Navy.  He was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart after becoming […]

Eugene Cernan

Eugene Cernan was one of fourteen astronauts chosen by NASA in 1963. He participated in Project Gemini as a pilot, Apollo 10 as a lunar module pilot, and Apollo 17 as […]