Steve Goodman’s classic “City Of New Orleans” contains these lyrics:â†µ
Riding on the City of New Orleans,â†µ
â†µIllinois Central, Monday morning rail.
â†µFifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,
â†µthree conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.
Now, a Chicago Post Office will bear Goodman’s name, according to this Sun-Times article:â†µ
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) honored Goodman’s North Side roots in pushing for Goodman to be honored at the post office at 1343 W. Irving Park. A musical celebration and a plaque to mark the renaming will take place this fall, Quigley said.â†µ
That post office is the closest one to Wrigley Field, about five blocks away. In addition to “City of New Orleans”, Goodman is known for his Cubs-related songs, “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request”, and the song that’s played at Wrigley Field after every Cubs win, “Go Cubs Go.” (Unfortunately, that’s a rare event these days.)â†µ
Goodman passed away from leukemia four days before the Cubs made the postseason for the first time in 39 years, back in 1984.