Does anyone here remember EXACTLY what year this great dime store was engulfed in flames? I know it was a cold winter day. Im guessing somewhere between 1973 -1975 . I watched from the north side of North ave. A very sad time for the area.
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Question about another building near this intersection -- the Empire Ballroom, which hosted a few rock concerts in the 1980s under this name. However, not sure if it was always this name nor if it actually was a ballroom or a converted theater (much like the theater further west at North and Central that was a ballroom/banquet hall up to around 1990). ... I have tried to find it on cinematreasures.org with no luck.
Johnny,, could that be the same building on North ave that i had previously inquired about? The one i was speaking of was west of Pulaski, north side of street near Kedvale. Rather big and yellow bricked. I remember seeing flyers taped on the doors from time to time advertising a young Rick Saucedo performing his 'Elvis' act. This was BEFORE Elvis died, early 70s. The one i speak of was known as the Lions.
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> There is a story and a picture in the Chicago
> Tribune on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975.
> (I found this on the Chgo Trib Historical Archives
> thru the Chgo Public Library website)
Could you try to link the CT archives here?
I've been having a hard time getting to it.
Typed up Chicago Tribune but I'm still having trouble.
Wow, great photo! I was over there recently (there's a good restaurant just south of the old bowling alley on Pulaski) and the corner of that lot has the remnants of a red tile floor, like those you'd see in a McDonalds or some sort of fast-food place...
Thanks for the compliment Frank ..i DO love that photo,,it made my MONTH.Hope more arises. 222 i dont remember how that fire started and yes it is still a vacant lot to this day...sadly. Among other things, I bought all my 'Rat Fink' car models at Woolworth