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Vera Megowen (1894-1987) was a professional chef who trained at the Cordon Bleu. She opened her first restaurant, the Vera Megowen Restaurant, in 1926 and from that time until her retirement in 1973, was involved in the restaurant industry. Megowen was also known for her philanthropy, generously supporting many local organizations and funding the creation of the Merrick Rose Garden and restoration of the old Fountain Square fountain. She is remembered through an Evanston park dedication in her name.

Vera Megowen Park

Plant, Tree, Road surface, Grass

Archives and Collections: "Megowen, Sylvia." Biographical Files. Evanston History Center. Evanston, IL. Newspapers: The Chicago Tribune- November 24, 1956; June 1, 1943. Evanston Review- December 11, 1969.