Former Chicago Alderman Bernard Stone died early this morning at Skokie Hospital at age 87.

Stone, who served nearly four decades representing Chicago’s 50th Ward, is perhaps best known for ordering city officials to erect a three-block long, two-and-a-half foot high barrier down the center of Howard Street.

The barrier, erected in 1992, was designed to block traffic from the planned shopping center in Evanston’s Howard-Hartrey TIF district that now houses Target, Jewel-Osco and other stores.

Evanston won a lawsuit challenging the barrier, and it was removed in 1994.

First elected to the City Council in 1973, Stone served until 2011, when he was defeated by the current alderman, Debra Silverstein.

Photo above from a 2011 Chicago History Museum oral history project interview with Stone.

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Former Chicago Alderman Bernie Stone dead at 87

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Bernard Stone

    No disrespect…..but I remember the wall…it was a total joke on his part.   Hard to believe that Chicago approved something as stupid as that…..that's what he was remembered by!

    1. It was erected in the middle
      It was erected in the middle of the night by a contractor hired by the city. Then he turned Kedzie into a one-way street between Howard and Touhy. He was deluged with complaints from residents and businesses.

      1. addon to JohnR

        When you say city, you mean Chicago. The complaints came from both Chicago and Evanston, especially from the resident and stores on both sides of howard from the canal to Dodge.

        The most amazing part of the circus is that it took Evanston nearly 18 months to get the wall removed. Chicago paid.

        Maybe this is how Richie Daley go the idea for ripping up the lake front airport in the middle of the night.

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