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Immigrants from Luxembourg settled across the Midwest with large numbers in Chicago settling in the North and West sides of the city. Many were farmers, and Luxembourgers became known as the “glass house” people as they adopted greenhouses for their market gardens.

Peter Reinberg, “the rose and carnation king,” was the most famous of Luxembourger gardeners. He was born in Chicago in 1858. He excelled at growing roses and carnations, started a flower business at age 20, and became the largest rose grower in the world. Reinberg served as President of the Board of Education, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and was the first President of the Cook County Forest Preserve Commission. His legacy lives on in the Peter A. Reinberg Elementary School named after him.


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