Back in 1925, when Mary Bishop began her career as a chili cook, her bosses at Ole's Chili didn't agree with changing of their recipe and they fired her. Having no other way to support herself, Mrs. Bishop (Bishop was her 4th husbands name) moved down the block from her prior place of employment, to 18th and Damen Streets on Chicago's west side, and opened her namesake restaurant, Bishop's Chili. (We're not quite sure where the famous part came in, but since she was a four time widow, no one was very quick to ask questions or offer criticism). Apparently, the famous part was a good omen, as her business took off, her son George Koritzke joined her, and together they formed a "Chili Dynasty". (Well, "Dynasty" may be a bit strong, but its my family story to tell and I can take liberties). Sadly, (but truly) Mary Bishop passed away and (hopefully) went to family owned restaurant heaven, where she has reliable, trustworthy and loyal employees, for eternity.