Re: N Halsted Street in the 80's
Date: February 23, 2011 01:43AM
There was a seafood joint, closer to the Glascott's end of the block that had an upper storey with a ship's hull on the exterior, pointing outwards towards Halsted. Can't recall the name, but it was quite good and the owner was a wellknown woman who had other businesses. It was all weathered wood inside, brown paper used for table coverings.
There were a number of women's clothing stores, one of a kind type places, not chain stores. One women's clothing store was located in the former police station that became the Gap store. There was artist-made jewelery/antique place. In 1982-83 there were a group of merchants who held Midnight Madness events occasionally and all the stores stayed open until midnight -- from Halsted and Webster to Armitage and Armitage about two blocks west. I think the ads for the event always ran in the reader, so they might be searchable.
Where Charlie Trotter's is now were a couple of my favorite stores, not that I ever bought anything but they were fun to browse. One was just a button store! Nothing but unusual buttons. Otto's was just amazing, one of the most creative spaces. It had a New Orleans menu, and the food was always great. There was always art by local artists, some of whom I knew very well at the time.
In the late 1980s a children's toy store opened, Saturday's Child, I think was the name. As the 80s progressed the stores became more and more high-end and I think the Gap was the first chain, but I could be wrong about that. There's probably other places that will come to mind later. There was something enchanting about the strip before it became very profitable, but there was this idea that it was dangerous to go south of Armitage at night, and later the boundary line became North.