Saturday, September 13, 2008

Waterford Jack

Francis Warren, a.k.a. "Waterford Jack," the so-called "millionaire streetwalker," operated out of this location at 120 W. Monroe (then 146 E. Monroe) in the 1870s. One of Chicago's first great entrepreneurs of sin, Waterford Jack organized and managed a troupe of streetwalkers who were individually assigned to locations throughout the city each night. A local publication in 1877 wrote of her, "It is said to her credit that she never stole a cent and was never drunk in her life. She is a pug-nosed, ugly-looking little critter, but for all that she has prospered in her wretched business, and now stands before the world the richest street-walker in existence."

Having banked over $30,000 by 1880, she quit the business and retired out of sight. Where streetwalkers once schemed, Chinese food is now served.

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