Give my regards to Skid Row, Remember me to Mark White Square . . .
Those are the opening lines of a song that went around town when I was a kid, a parody with Chicago landmarks of Cohan’s “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Skid Row was the flophouse section of Madison Street. Mark White Square was a pocket-park located at Halsted and 29th streets.
Today Skid Row has been gentrified. Mark White Square has changed, too. Now it’s called McGuane Park.
The Chicago Park District renamed this 10-acre facility in 1960 to honor the recently-deceased John F. McGuane.