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File #: 18-6454    Version: 1 Name: HONORING CONNIE’S PIZZA ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 10/15/2018 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 10/16/2018 Final action: 10/16/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING CONNIE'S PIZZA ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, Connie's Pizza has been a Chicago beacon for 55 years, and WHEREAS, the restaurant was founded by Connie and Raymond DeGrazia on 26th Street in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, and WHEREAS, in 1963, Jim Stolfe traded in his prized 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire for the small storefront pizzeria, and WHEREAS, once Jim took over the restaurant he preserved both the name Connie's and the recipe that continued to grow in popularity, and WHEREAS, for the next five-plus decades, that drive and foresight has kept Connie's at the forefront of the Chicago Pizza scene, and WHEREAS, Jim's ingenuity led to new ideas in the pizza world, including drive-thru pizza pickup and heated delivery trucks that made sure the pies were still piping hot when they reached the hungry customers' homes, and WHEREAS, Jim has since passed the business onto his son, Michael in 2003, and WHEREAS, Michael continues t...
Sponsors: RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JOHN P. DALEY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, JERRY BUTLER, DENNIS DEER, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, GREGG GOSLIN, EDWARD M. MOODY, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

HONORING CONNIE’S PIZZA ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY

 

WHEREAS, Connie’s Pizza has been a Chicago beacon for 55 years, and

 

WHEREAS, the restaurant was founded by Connie and Raymond DeGrazia on 26th Street in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, and

 

WHEREAS, in 1963, Jim Stolfe traded in his prized 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire for the small storefront pizzeria, and

 

WHEREAS, once Jim took over the restaurant he preserved both the name Connie’s and the recipe that continued to grow in popularity, and

 

WHEREAS, for the next five-plus decades, that drive and foresight has kept Connie’s at the forefront of the Chicago Pizza scene, and

 

WHEREAS, Jim’s ingenuity led to new ideas in the pizza world, including drive-thru pizza pickup and heated delivery trucks that made sure the pies were still piping hot when they reached the hungry customers’ homes, and

 

WHEREAS, Jim has since passed the business onto his son, Michael in 2003, and

 

WHEREAS, Michael continues to bring ingenuity to the pizza world, by perfecting a crust that allowed for the introduction of partially baked pizzas to Connie's inventory, allowing customers the restaurant experience in their own homes, and

 

WHEREAS, Michael employs more than 200 employees of diverse race, age, and backgrounds, and

 

WHEREAS, Connie’s has grown to become a permanent Chicago institution and has grown to include concessions at special events, and

 

WHEREAS, Connie's has expanded in larger catering events such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and corporate events, and

 

WHEREAS, Connie’s makes sure to give back to the community, celebrating its 55th anniversary by donating and working with Chance the Rapper and his non-profit SocialWorks.

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the President and Cook County Board of Commissioners that Connie’s Pizza, the Stolfe family, and the many employees who keep Chicago well-fed are honored on the occasion of the restaurant’s 55th Anniversary.

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