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Renamed post office celebrates Steve Goodman

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Corky Siegel (left), Bonnie Koloc and Jim Tullio sing a song by Steve Goodman (inset) at the dedication of the Steve Goodman Post Office Building Sunday.

The post office at 1340 W. Irving Park Rd. became a concert venue Sunday, as friends, family and the U.S. government delivered a tribute to folk singer Steve Goodman.

About 200 people attending the ceremony renaming the Lakeview Station the Steve Goodman Post Office Building were treated to performances of some of the late musician's work, including "Somebody Else's Troubles," "City of New Orleans" and "Go Cubs Go," the song that has been played after each victory at home since 2007.

" 'Go Cubs Go' represents the passion and the optimism of the Cubs fans," said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley introduced the bill to rename the post office, near Wrigley Field, where some of Goodman's ashes are scattered.

Goodman's last day job was at a post office in Park Ridge, friend and master of ceremonies Ed Holstein said.

Goodman, a Grammy award winner, died of leukemia in 1984.

He was a regular performer at The Earl of Old Town and was involved with the Old Town School of Folk Music, which co-sponsored Sunday's renaming dedication.

Paul Anka helped him get signed to Buddah Records. Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson each recorded a hit version of his "City of New Orleans."

"Steve had a real energy and spirit that you felt immediately in life and on stage," said singer Bonnie Koloc, who befriended Goodman when he was a teenager and just starting out in music.

"He would have written a really memorable song about this; probably something funny," she said following the program. "He just had such a great sense of humor. He would have loved it. He was so connected to Chicago."

Goodman also wrote "A Dying Cub Fan's Last request," and "When the Cubs Go Marching In."

"They're really part of our culture and part of our community," Ricketts said of Goodman's songs.

In keeping with the spirit of Cubs fans, hot dogs, nachos and popcorn were served, and most of the crowd sported Cubby baseball caps.

White Sox fans Joseph and Angela Holtzman opted out of sporting the caps.

The couple saw many live Goodman performances and supported the dedication.

"We love Steve Goodman dearly, but couldn't put on a Cubs cap," she said.

"There are certain lines you don't cross," he said.