Date: December 12, 2011 01:00PM
"Does anyone remember where Heck's bakery was located?'
Yes, I do, Skip. Heck's was on Roscoe just west of Damen Avenue across from Hoffing's Department Store, just a door or 2 away from the old Roscoe theater. Our family lived at Roscoe and Oakley from about 1955 to 1963 and Heck's was a neighborhood institution: wonderful coffee cakes, sweet rolls, and rye bread, always crowded, now just a fond memory. Tomas Bakery was also in the area on the west side of Lincoln just north of Irving Park and there was another little bakery the name of which escapes me at the moment, on the south side of Irving Park about 1 block west of St. Benedict's church. Tomas also had a little location in the Lincoln Bank building at Irving, Damen, and Lincoln, right next to the elevator, always lots of goodies in the window.
Additionally, there was a bakery located in an old building at the southwest corner of Roscoe and Oakley when we first moved there but it was torn down about 1957, IIRC, and the name is something I can't recall. Then again, the product was vastly inferior to Heck's so we'd always walk the few blocks to Heck's.
I've lived in Florida since 1984 and have been back more than a few times and the old time bakeries seem to be an endangered species. I lived in Berwyn before I moved here and distinctly remember the Charles Fingerhut bakery in Cicero on Cermak just east of Central. My wife is half Bohemian and we'd always stop at Dinkel's( for the chocolate chip cookies) and Fingerhut's (for the Babi's rye bread) to bring back goodies but I believe Fingerhut's closed in the early '90s, sad. Lots of good memories here.