Re: Intersection Milwaukee,Central, Foster, Northwest Highway
Date: January 22, 2013 10:43PM
The intersection of NW Hwy Foster and Central was a gas station with one bay facing Nw Hwy with a set of pumps facing Central. I think is was a Sinclair Gas because of the Green and white porcelain tile bricks. Just south of there stands an empty Burger king and BP gas station, Years prior it was an Amoco and as many have stated a large restaurant, the sign posts are original to that steak house. Prior to that it was a garden center.
The North triangle was a window and siding store Prior to that it was a small snack shop. It also was the base for a white way sign because of the traffic that passed by. it was a stop for everyone taking a bus to transfer to Milwaukee or Central Which had electric buses.
The corner where the Blue Angel stood was the auto and garden center for Community discount which was just across Milwaukee that sold clothes and records, which later became Saxon paint. The corner where the bank stands was the remains of a business I think was a Polk Brothers which also had stores down Central. Just to the west on Nw Hwy was a plumbing supply company Fix Lipman.
The corner where Kings is as well as Firestone was a gas station which later became a body shop. and a series of store fronts that contained a shoe repair shop and jeweler. Down the street was Ernie's diner and a Schwinn bike shop and a banquet hall, a music shop, magic shop and Vaughans bar which is now on Nw Hwy.
Where Walgreens stands was a dairy that blew up in the late 50's damaging the Henry's hamburgers. That dairy later produced instant wiped cream in a can. There were also one of the few places in Chicago to get goats milk.
Just across NW Hwy south was a an auto junk yard.
The Jefferson park and Norwood park areas were rich with history. Banks, dance halls, onion plants, farms, Music schools (Litus House of music), dance schools bowling alleys, even houses before the Kennedy expressway was dug.