DIXON (By Derek Barichello, Daily Gazette) - Chicago is not in any rush to compete with Dixon when it comes to preserving Ronald Reagan's history.
One of Reagan's little-known boyhood homes in Chicago is facing demolition.
A vacant six-flat building at 832 E. 57th St., where a 4-year-old Reagan lived, could see the wrecking ball as the University of Chicago expands in that area, according to several Chicago media reports.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks told me the building does not meet the criteria for landmark status. It does not have architectural significance and is not associated with Reagan during his productive years. The building is not marked.
Reagan, whose family moved often, lived there only a year. The Reagans also lived in Tampico, Galesburg and Monmouth before moving in 1920 to Dixon, where he lived in a few different homes.
Reagan survived pneumonia in the gas-lit Chicago apartment, and he and his 6-year-old brother, Neil, sold popcorn while living there.
The 40th president and Barack Obama are the only two U.S. presidents to have lived in Chicago.