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Chaka Khan could get a honorary Chicago street

  • Singer Chaka Khan arrives at the BET Honors red carpet at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Singer Chaka Khan arrives at the BET Honors red carpet at the Warner Theatre… (Olivier Douliery/Abaca…)
May 29, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco

Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan is one step away from getting a Chicago street named in her honor.

The City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way on Wednesday advanced a  proposal by Ald. Will Burns (4th) to designate South Blackstone Avenue from 50th to 51st streets as the honorary Chaka Khan Way.

Khan is known for hit songs including "I'm Every Woman" in 1978, "Ain't Nobody" in 1983 and "I Feel for You" in 1984, and has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Mary J. Blige.

She grew up in Chicago's Hyde Park and attended Kenwood Academy where her sign, if approved by the council next month, will be erected this summer, Burns said.

"There's some folks in the neighborhood who grew up with her and knew her and they wanted to honor her. I always think it's best for people to collect their laurels while they're here to appreciate them," he said.

A number of entertainers with Chicago ties including Buddy Guy, Bernie Mac and Sam Cooke have received honorary street designations.

"There are a lot of folks who come out of the South Side who change the world through entertainment and other venues and we want to recognize them," Burns said.

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