Re: North Avenue stores from Central to Harlem Ave
Date: June 03, 2014 12:29PM
Actually, it was the Blue Dahlia Show Lounge, located at 5640 W. North Avenue. My aunt and uncle were night club types, and I remember some vague references to the place as a kid. My father would get really upset when they mentioned it within earshot of us kids. Interestingly enough, I believe the owner lived somewhere on Wabansia, near Sam DeStefano at Wabansia and Sayre.
One place I have memories of is the Ferrera Manor banquet hall, which was probably about just across the street from the Blue Dahlia, on the south side of North Avenue just west of Central. I can remember several family affairs taking place there over the years. It was a remodeled theatre and quite nice.
I recently read about the Walgreens at Mobile and North Avenue being scheduled to close, but I remember that before the Walgreens was there, Rosario D. Salerno's Sons Funeral home was there. I was always kinda fascinated by the building as while the main building was built up on the hill like the current Walgreens, there was a garage door facing out onto North Avenue built into the face of the hill which must have led to a basement garage at the funeral home. The trolley bus terminal at North and Narragansett used to have a small snack shop in the turn around, where the Dunkin Donuts now sits. Our family dentist, Dr. McDonald, had an office across the street in the Rossel Building, and my mother would take us there for lunch after a dentist visit. The turnaround was also interesting because of the unusual CTA service there. As the North Avenue bus was a trolley bus, rather than extend the bus to the city limits, the CTA combined a North Avenue extension to Harlem with the Narragansett bus, as well as an extension of the Irving Park trolley bus, which ended at Neenah Avenue, to Cumberland. The bus, therefore, ran east on North Avenue to Narragansett, connected with the North Avenue trolley bus, turned north on Narragansett to Irving Park, then turned west, connected with the Irving Park trolley at Neenah, and continued west to Irving and Cumberland. While we travelled on North Avenue a lot, our family actually did a lot more shopping and such at North and Pulaski, and as our family doctor, Dr. Jacobs, had his office over the old Tiffin Theatre, I have a lot more memories of that area than further west on North Avenue.