How many department stores there were on State Street in the 1950's! Marshall Fields at one end, Goldblatt's at the other, and in between Weibolts, Mandel Brothers, Carson Pirie Scott, Sears, and Montgomery Wards---and shortly before that there had also been The Boston Store and The Fair Store, before my time. Did I forget any? They had Notions departments, and a lot of household goods, and dress goods. Fields had an enormous toy department---seems as if it was a whole floor. And all the stores had bargain basements.
I think Charles A. Stevens fell in between those stores. And on the other side of the street was Maurice Rothschild and Lyttons (mostly men's clothing). And don't forget all the shoe emporiums: Chandlers, O-Gees, Malings, Bakers--all one-story stores facing State St. In warm weather the cute, young salesmen would walk up to you on the sidewalk and try to get you into the store to try on a pair of shoes.
There were a few lower priced women's stores on the West side of State such as Three Sisters. Can you think of others?
I forgot about Peacock's (I think on Monroe and State). A very posh jewelry store that also sold art objects and fine china and silver. When it closed, State St. was in decline. I believe there was an entrance into the Palmer House.
I think there were 2 Woolworths; one on north State and one near the South end.
Also at the south end was the Lyon and Healy music emporium.
> Karrols's actually existed up untill sometime into
> the 90's.
One of Sam Karoll's grandchildren is a blogger who mixes family history with Chicago history. This post of his has photos of the three Karoll brothers who founded the business, Sam Karoll riding in a convertible with Jack Brickhouse in a State Street parade and more photos in other posts under the "family" category.Here's the link to his blog: http://bit.ly/bHoXSq
The Old Navy store is located on the site of the Columbus Memorial Building, which was built in 1893 and designed by William W. Boyington, who also designed the Water Tower and Pumphouse on Michigan Ave. The 15-story building in Renaisasance Revival style originally housed mainly medical offices and jewelers. It was torn down in 1959, but the large bronze statue of Columbus (originally displayed at the Columbian Exposition) over the main entrance on State Street was salvaged and moved to Arrigo Park. The Columbus Memorial building was replaced by small retail stores in the early 60s which in turn were razed for the Old Navy store which opened in 1998.