The July 28,
2004 issue of the Chicago Tribune contained an article by
Alan G. Artner
concerning overlooked places to visit in Chicago called, "A dozen visual gems
you probably won't find listed in a travel guide."
One of the places mentioned was the
entrances and exits to Quincy "L" stop, located at Wells and Quincy Streets.
Artner wrote, "President John Quincy Adams was a chess player who collected
chess sets." When the original structure, honoring John Quincy Adams, was built
in the 19th century, it featured, as part of the architecture, decorative pawns
"at the base of slanted roofs covering the staircases."
However, the original structure was
modified in the 1950's and the pawns were removed. Then, in the 1980's during a
renovation, the pawns were replaced.
Entrance to the Quincy "L" stop.
Thomas Jefferson played chess with Ben Franklin,
James Madison and his close friend, John Adams (and possibly Aaron Burr). John
Adams taught his son, John Quincy Adams to play. One of John Quincy Adams' chess
set is on display at
the Smithsonian Museum of American