Leaving for Europe
Fifty-five years ago this month, in May 1964, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and his wife, Eleanor “Sis” Daley, visited Europe. They accompanied other American politicians on parts of this visit, including Wisconsin Governor John Reynolds and Minnesota Governor Karl H. Rolvaag. They left for Copenhagen, Denmark on the inaugural Scandinavian Airlines direct flight from Chicago, arriving May 1.
The grand tour (selected images)
Eleanor “Sis” Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley visit the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0005_016
Last stop: “Ireland, of course”
Chicago’s director of special events, Colonel “Jack” Reilly, accompanied Mayor and Mrs. Daley on the trip to Europe. When a reporter for the Chicago Tribune asked where the the Mayor’s last stop would be, Reilly answered, “Heaven.” He clarified: “Ireland, of course.”
Relatives of late United States President John F. Kennedy
Mayor Daley’s paternal and maternal ancestors had hailed from County Waterford. In the section of Waterford called Old Parish, Mayor and Mrs. Daley received a warm welcome.
Local officials unveiled this plaque:
This plantation containing ten acres was financed by the contributions of some friends and associates of Richard J. Daley Mayor of Chicago, to whose honour it is dedicated. A.D. 1959
More photographsSee more images from Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 1964 trip to Europe
These photographs come from the Richard J. Daley Collection, housed in the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library. Most of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Richard J. Daley Era Photograph Collection. For questions about the photographs or about making an appointment to visit UIC Special Collections, feel free to Ask a Librarian.
“Newspaper Clippings–Trip to Ireland, 1964,” box SVB17, folder 4. Richard J. Daley Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.
Doyle, James. “5,000 Cheer Daleys in Ancestral Home,” Chicago Tribune, May 19, 1964, p. 9.
Morgan, Gwen. “Daley Pleads for Home Rule from London!” Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1964, p. 2.
Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.