CHICAGO (CBS) — The “First Lady of Chicago Baseball” got a special birthday present on Thursday, as a street just off the Magnificent Mile was named in honor of Dutchie Caray.
Pearson Street between Michigan Avenue and Mies van der Rohe Way was dedicated as Honorary Dutchie Caray Way, in honor of the widow of legendary Cubs and White Sox broadcaster Harry Caray.
“What did I do? I don’t even know what I did, but I’m so honored. I’m just flabbergasted,” Dutchie said at the unveiling.
Dutchie turns 86 on Saturday and is a successful businesswoman, having helped expand the restaurant bearing her late husband’s name from one location, when he died in 1998, to seven current locations.
She joked about now having to take care of the block where she lives.
“Do I have to get up every morning and check to see if the street’s cleaned? If it isn’t, I got to sweep it?” she said.