Greetings Evergreen Parkers and Welcome to the Evergreen Park Show! Hosted by Evergreen Park Patch Editor Renita Young, this new feature will highlight some of the news, people, events from Evergreen Park.
On the premiere episode of the Evergreen Park Show, we'll see some of Evergreen Park icon Anna May "Babe" Ahern's most valuable possessions and talk to a few shoppers who were looking for a deal this week: Chicago Philanthropist Eleni Bousi, Michigan Avenue Magazine Editor-in-Chief Susanna Negovin, and Dr. Ian Smith from VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and the 50 Million Pound Challenge.
Babe's collection includes hundreds of Oriental, colorful porcelain, glass figures, antique furniture and more, that range from $1 to $12,000. In her home, she had several golf clubs that were never used and are in perfect condition. Her wardrobe spoke volumes of her feisty attitude: Jazzy sequin clothing, stylish furs and flashy jewelry.
Some notable memorabilia Ahern had includes a bat, baseballs and several baseball cards, all signed by Ahern's good friend Ernie Banks. There's also a huge Grandfather clock, formerly owned by Ahern's mom. Dustin Mauldin, of Chicago Luxury Estate Sales, the company hired by Ahern's estate trustees to run the sale, said when notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone's group went to rob a restaurant, one of Babe's family members jumped behind the clock to hide. You can still see two repaired bullet holes on the side of the clock.
Ahern died shortly after the , but you can tell from her possessions that she led a colorful life. Her family had owned the property since the 1920s.
Mauldin gave us a tour of the collection. Take a look at items that are up for sale until Sunday, March 27, then let us know what you think.
After the show, see a preview of the next episode of the Evergreen Park Show, when we'll talk to , a senior at Marist High School who devoted himself to a life of service.