Re: Another Old Photo
Date: October 02, 2010 05:11PM
the crazy weird thing about this old photo is that it's exactly the location that I used to frequent as a kid. My dad bought a bar/cocktail lounge at 71st a bit south of Jeffrey, which would have been right around the corner from where this photo was taken.
you can't see it in the photo, but the IC Commuter Electric RR is running down the middle of 71st st. the IC was an alternative, back in the day, for the more upscale traveling from the Loop to Hyde Park and beyond. The electric RR was pretty hi-tech back in the day, quick and clean, quiet.
I vividly remember the sight of that train, and the station @ 71st and Jeffrey. At the time, (early 60's) it was a pretty upscale Jewish neighborhood, (you can see from the old photo that they were selling Cadillacs in that area!) from what I recall. Dad bought the cocktail lounge because it was a destination for commuters from the city, just getting off the train and looking for a nightcap. Lots of attorneys, and other interesting characters, and husbands cheating on their wives and vice versa. It was a goldmine for a while, but by the mid 60's, the neighborhood turned and the bar went belly up
I've been searching for years for any info on the old place...it was called the Boulevard Room...(the name a ripoff of the old Boulevard Room @ the Conrad Hilton)..the place had been around for years before Dad bought it...I'm gonna say the address was 7104 S Jeffrey.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/02/2010 05:14PM by captain54.