Another piece of forgotten Chicago are all the old independent pharmacies that were found in the neighborhoods. Nowdays most are gone replaced by Walgreen's and CVS stores. In the 60's I still remember the pharmacist at times still mixing medicines as opposed to today's pharmacies where the majority of prescriptions come in boxes or the pharmacist basically count pills and the instructions are printed by a computer.
In the old days when people did not have health insurance, the neighborhood pharmacist became the only source of medical care prior to going to a doctor as a last resort.
As a kid, I was fascinated by a closed store front, where when you peeked in the window you saw the old pharmacy counter. This was strictly pharmacy only, nothing else. The story my parents told, was that the pharmacist way back when was a doctor in the old country but because of the language barrier and different qualifications could not practice medicine but could become a pharmacist.
The other benefit to these types of pharmacies were that way before 24 hour pharmacies most of the pharmacists lived in the neighborhood and could be contacted after hours.
I also remember years ago seeing a nnumber of old blue and orange Rexall signs. My understanding was that these were not company owned stores but were either franchises or similar ti True Value or a Certified or Centella where the owner was a member of an association of some type to group together and buy their inventory from Rexall.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/09/2011 03:29PM by Kchi.