Does anyone remember Gertie's ice cream on the south side. I went there as a kid in the early 70's. I remember all the stuffed animals and the great old location. Where was it located and what happened to it. I also remember a SNL skit or short movie that was filmed there. I remember John Belushi running around in the store breaking the light bulbs after the patorns asked for ice cream. Thanks for any info
Gertie's is still around, or at least the name is. Lindy's Chili, another South side institution and Gertie's have joined forces and operate as Lindy's/Gertie's. There is one in Bridgeview at 87th & Harlem and there used to be one in Tinley Park also, could even be more out there. The original location of Lindy's is at Archer and Western, right near McKinley Park.
Gerties was at 59/Kedzie. They filmed there for the TV show, "Crime story" with Dennis Ferina (sic). I had a Bit Part there inside Gerties working behind the soda fountain when someone shoots at me and hits all of the sunday dishes. The ice cream was great but you could smell the sewer gas back-up.
There was no Gerties next to People's Theater. People's was on the north side of west 47th Street between Marshfield and Ashland (not Paulina). There was a small snack shop to the west of the theater on the corner of 47th and Marshfield, but it wasn't called Gerties. Jusas Sisters Restaurant was to the east of the theater and Goldblatt's was across the street. On the corner of 47th and Ashland was Cupid Candies. Growing up in the 1950s, I spent a LOT of time in that area.
Thanks way Out. I was behind the bar when he shoots at me. Another actor was reading the paper when He came in. I had about 45 seconds of face time on this scene. It was interesting. I am NOT an actor.
There was also a Gertie's on 55th Street, between Fairfield and California, next door to the old Acadia movie theater. In Morris IL, there is a Lindy/Gerties, with old pictures from the 20's, and the owner told me the clock is from their 55th street location.
Ha, go to the Colony for 50 cents or bump it up to the Marquette for $1.00 and see a movie; then take your date for some ice cream at the original Gerties. I just can't bring myself to try the franchises. If I want Lindy's Chili I will go to the original on Archer, though it's been years since I've done that.
[size=large]Again so many memories... Gerties was next to the theater on Archer Ave. best ice cream around. You could get a sandwich there with chips, they never had french fries.. I can still see the booths..[/size]