Re: Hot Dog Stand in Dunning
Date: June 10, 2015 12:31PM
Yeah, we moved into the neighborhood in 1953, but my grandfather was building houses in the Schorsch Village area back in the mid 1920's. Most of the side streets out by us were just asphalt strips with gravel or cinders on the side, nor were the alleys paved. Forest Preserve Drive used just to be a two lane strip, and ended at Cumberland, or Pueblo as it was called back then. The extension through the forest preserves to Belmont was a big deal back then, and I think that happened in the early 1960s. My grandfather was convinced that 7 years old was old enough to drive, so I would go out with him to St. Joseph's Cemetery and practice driving, and if I did all right, I would drive all the way home. I was pretty familiar with the streets out there.
Another interesting item that not many people would remember would be the three different Addison Street buses we had. The regular 152 Addison bus did not end at Lake Shore Drive as it does now, but would go down the Inner Drive, Sheridan Road, Stockton Drive, the Inner Drive again, down Michigan Avenue, turn right on Congress, north on State St., to Randolph, back to Michigan and back out west. There were also the Addison Limited, which followed the route down Addison, then took the Outer Drive, express, to Michigan and Oak and then follow the regular route. The real hotshot bus, tho, was the Addison Heights Express, and that bus ran the regular route, but would only make stops at connecting lines east of Cicero Avenue, and take the Outer Drive route downtown. You could make it all the way downtown in one seat, and probably in less time than today!