Reagan had fond memories of Chicago apartment

Associated Press
Updated 2/6/2011 12:17 PM

When people think of Illinois places with ties to President Ronald Reagan, their thoughts likely run to central parts of the state.

But Reagan also lived in Chicago. He spent a year at an apartment in President Barack Obama's neighborhood of Hyde Park from 1914 to 1915 when he was 3 or 4.


Reagan would have turned 100 Sunday. Centennial celebrations have been held around the country.

The six-flat Chicago building where the Reagans lived is vacant. There's no plaque to mark its history.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Reagan had fond memories of the place.

In a 1988 letter, he described watching horse-drawn firefighters gallop down his street.

Reagan was born in the central Illinois town of Tampico, grew up in Dixon and Monmouth and attended college in Eureka.