Old Department Store On Milwaukee Ave - Niesners
Date: August 01, 2011 04:10AM
I'm looking for any information regarding a department store that used to be at 2774 N Milwaukee Ave, off of Kimball, called "Niesners." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neisner's
Currently there is a "Lot Stores" red awning in front of the building.
In the 50's and 60's, my grandparents ran a chicken shop inside of it. They sold whole chickens, and from what my father says, some of the best rotisserie chicken in the city. So it also doubled somewhat as a lunch counter.
No pictures exist in the family of the shop inside Niesners, and I know that'd be a longshot request, but even any pics of the store itself, or even just stories, would be gladly appreciated.
As coincidence would have it, I ended up living right by there a few years back, on Spaulding. And everytime I'd walk by I'd be reminded that that is where my family started in America. My grandparents were Holocaust survivors and that was what they did after they finally got into America in about '51 and got on their feet. They are long since gone, so all I have to go on is my dad's recollections. It'd be great to get some insight/info from some others who perhaps remember the store or their chicken shop.
Thanks in advance for any help!