Chicago’s Welcome to Our Heroes

Rigot, Max 1919 Photograph

In 1919, when the United States began bringing the doughboys home from Europe, cities across the country held large victory parades to welcome their soldiers home. Chicago was no exception. Soldiers from the 33rd Division, as well as those drafted from Illinois, marched through downtown Chicago while thousands of Illinoisans watched from the sidewalks. 

A parade of soldiers on Michigan Ave. in Chicago.

Elmer Emerey, 12/12/1918