By Vince Romano
Collaborator: Johnnie Parise
The historic significance of the Dante School yard dates back to the turn of the century and then some. It shares center stage with the Jane Addams Hull House (circa 1889), Halsted Street, Greek Town, Maxwell Street, and Cinder Stadium. While one could make a sociological, philosophical or political connection that extends as far back as Dante Alighieri’s literary works, we will confine our story to the Italian American experience of growing up in the legendary Chicago’s Taylor Street neighborhood.