Re: HIP (Harlem & Irving) Plaza
Date: September 01, 2011 11:38AM
We moved to Norridge in 1960 so I was able to enjoy the HIP as it was. Every year they would have the Norridge carnival in the parking lot,with the ten cent games,("3 for a dime,9 for a quarter!")and the rides. One time they had a battle of the bands in the open area where the food court is now, and me and my friends watched it from the second level parking lot. On Sundays the only store that was open was walgreens, everything else was closed tight. Woolworths and W.T.Grant were the 2 dime stores and they both had lunch counters, with Grant having the best hot dogs on toasted buns. I literally grew up at the HIP and was sad to see it convert into its' present day state. Oh, and of course there was the "mini" Kiddeeland on the north end whwere the bank building was built in the late 60's. We would buy tickets for 15 cents each, but if we brought a Bowmans milk cap we could get 2 for 15 cents! We would work for the owner picking up trash and were paid 2 ride tickets per hour. (Actually we would wander around, picking up a few pieces of trash, but otherwise would just wander around then 45 minutes later go to clainm our 2 tickets.) I bought my first drum set at Tempo Music, THE music store at the time. I bought all my records and drum sticks there. Alot of childhood memories.