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Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Kenneth Haag ()
Date: August 05, 2011 07:03PM

Marquis Lunch had about a dozen locations around the city, swell little cafeteria diners with interior design typical of the 20's and 30's. The last one I recall visiting was just across from the old Belmont Theater. It seems like these Chicago favorites vanished without a trace; nothing to be found in all the vastness of the internet. I'm hoping this nudge may stir some memories, photos, and maybe a full article on Forgotten Chicago. Um?

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: olafrance01 ()
Date: August 05, 2011 11:34PM

Here's some info -

http://www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9907

They seem to have gone out of business in the early 60s. I don't remember them.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 06, 2011 08:07PM

The Marquis Lunch at 6351 N Broadway can be seen in this photo on the far left just beyond the flower shop. This is looking south on Broadway from Devon circa 1940’s



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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Rustymuscle ()
Date: August 06, 2011 08:48PM

An aside, the ghost sign in the back, while different from the 1940s view, is the same company...Shebard Moving and Storage.



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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: captain54 ()
Date: August 06, 2011 08:55PM

Mornac Wrote:
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> The Marquis Lunch at 6351 N Broadway can be seen
> in this photo on the far left just beyond the
> flower shop. This is looking south on Broadway
> from Devon circa 1940’s

fantastic pix...you can always see the demolished Devon Theatre in the background... the upstairs space at the Devon also has a wild and storied past.everything from a dance studio, to a band rehearsal space, to a police lookout of the bar across the street!

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: captain54 ()
Date: August 06, 2011 08:55PM

Mornac Wrote:
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> The Marquis Lunch at 6351 N Broadway can be seen
> in this photo on the far left just beyond the
> flower shop. This is looking south on Broadway
> from Devon circa 1940’s

fantastic pix...you can also see the demolished Devon Theatre in the background... the upstairs space at the Devon also has a wild and storied past.everything from a dance studio, to a band rehearsal space, to a police lookout of the bar across the street!

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 07, 2011 01:39AM

Rustymuscle Wrote:
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> An aside, the ghost sign in the back, while
> different from the 1940s view, is the same
> company...Shebard Moving and Storage.

--Actually it's Hebard Moving and Storage - and it still was until just a few short years ago.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 07, 2011 01:57AM

captain54 Wrote:
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> fantastic pix...you can always see the demolished
> Devon Theatre in the background... the upstairs
> space at the Devon also has a wild and storied
> past.everything from a dance studio, to a band
> rehearsal space, to a police lookout of the bar
> across the street!

--I've lived in the neighborhood my whole life and I can safely say that in my savage youth I scaled every rooftop you see in the photo - including the water tower on top of the Devon theater (which can't be seen). I had friends who took dance lessons in the studio above the Devon, but I never heard anything about a police lookout. (Would the bar be Sovereign Liquors?)

Here's another photo from the same corner looking north in 1938 (Yes, I made some treks to the rooftop of the Granada too):




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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: daveg ()
Date: August 07, 2011 11:41AM

Mornac - thanks for revealing your climbing adventures. I'll guess the views from the water tower were great.

And thanks for posting the photo. Oh and what was that small structure in the middle of the road? How did it survive Chicago's slippery winters?



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 08/07/2011 12:11PM by daveg.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 07, 2011 02:07PM

I was born in 1958, so the goings-on in these photos predate my actual knowledge of such things but here’s my speculation for what it’s worth.

This intersection is actually that of Broadway, Devon, and Sheridan Rd. (Sheridan going to the north and east). I believe that streetcars were off limits to Sheridan because it was classified as a boulevard. That’s why they turn from Broadway onto Devon and vise verse. I’m not sure if automobile traffic was segregated also, but in the 1938 photo, the turning cars seem to be consolidating from a four lane Sheridan coming from the north into a two lane Sheridan continuing east. This probably made for some interesting traffic snarls that required one of Chicago’s finest to keep an eye on. That may very well be a “cop box” in the turn of the road. You’ll notice in the later photo that it diminished into a simple island. Maybe they worked out a better traffic signal system by that time. Sometime between then and now, they sheared off a good bit of that corner where you see the Mobilgas station. In fact they cut a northbound lane at the back end of it rendering it an island in the midst of an intersection (well foliated mind you).

Maybe someone else has a better idea. I know the CTA used to have little boxes like that where circulation supervisors worked. They were like little offices with telephones, etc. There was one at Devon and Clark. Seems to me it was there well into the 1980’s

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: WayOutWardell ()
Date: August 07, 2011 07:04PM

Fantastic pictures and stories!

In the 40s view south on Broadway...the building with the Thos. Webb Coffee billboard was later home to a furniture store involved in the Summerdale police scandal in 1960.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: 222psm ()
Date: August 08, 2011 12:51PM

I think most of us did things in our savage youth that we (probably?) would not do today. Ours was exploring vacant buildings (and sometimes not vacant) and roaming rail roads and rail road yards. Of course now post 9/11 the rail road part is probably near impossible, thanks for the pics and wonderful stories.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Kenneth Haag ()
Date: August 08, 2011 06:50PM

Great photos of that memorable intersection; glad I asked!

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 09, 2011 12:24AM

WayOutWardell Wrote:
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> In the 40s view south on Broadway...the building
> with the Thos. Webb Coffee billboard was later
> home to a furniture store involved in the
> Summerdale police scandal in 1960.

Geeze I wish I was around for the Summerdale police scandal. It still comes up in conversation around here from time to time.

Throughout the 70’s, the commercial space in that building housed (at various times) a shoe store, a bar (Troika) , a pawn shop, and for a while the large corner space was a trendy boutique owned by Danny Seraphim (drummer for “Chicago”). There was also a large singles bar in the basement called C.O.D. (“Come on down”) that had a single door entrance leading directly onto a stairway on the Devon side of the building. Thinking back on that, it seems it was fire a trap extraordinaire. I’m pretty sure the owners were well connected though. Most of the successful businesses in the neighborhood were.

The building itself was a terra cotta gem that seemed to lack tenants in its ample office space. I think it came down in the early 90's. Nothing has thrived on that corner since then.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: WayOutWardell ()
Date: August 09, 2011 12:40AM

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> The building itself was a terra cotta gem that
> seemed to lack tenants in its ample office space.
> I think it came down in the early 90's. Nothing
> has thrived on that corner since then.


You're right about the early 90s demo date...it was replaced by a Checkers, the burger chain that didn't last long here but left a trail of hideous buildings (now mostly payday loan joints or currency exchanges if not vacant) in its wake.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 09, 2011 01:24AM

It’s a hot dog place these days but it went through the pay day loan joint phase also which manifested itself in the unsettling specter of the completely unveiled Checker’s structure – sign pole included – to run its business. It looked like a drive-through juice racket.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: captain54 ()
Date: August 09, 2011 03:55PM

View due north Devon/Broadway/Sheridan..judging by the vehicles and the bus, I'm gonna say 1953-1955


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My vivid recollections of the area are the old Xanadu nightclub @ Rosemont and Broadway in the 80's and, in the mid 70's, seeing Cheap Trick at a rock club/bar (name escapes me) in a small venue on Sheridan between the L stop and Devon.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 10, 2011 12:14AM

captain54 Wrote:
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> My vivid recollections of the area are the old
> Xanadu nightclub @ Rosemont and Broadway in the
> 80's and, in the mid 70's, seeing Cheap Trick at a
> rock club/bar (name escapes me) in a small venue
> on Sheridan between the L stop and Devon.


Doesn’t seem all that long ago captain. The Xanadu (which was a Mel Markon offering) is now a Mosque. The place where you saw Cheap Trick sounds like it might have been Minstrel’s, which was a small joint on the ground floor of the Granada. They usually had Blues bands there but they were versatile when the situation presented itself. There was another joint right upstairs called Huey’s. You may remember the six foot mock-up of Baby Huey that sat above their doorway. Other noted tenants of the commercial space in the Granada were: Flatts & Sharpe music store (they still exist further north on Sheridan), Happy Harry’s grill, and the Little King sandwich shop (God, I miss those sandwiches). there was also a place called the Pants Store that sold irregulars for $4.99 a pair. I bought all of my pants there during high school.

(While I’ve been writing this a few other incidents of my savage youth have come to mind but I don’t think anyone wants to hear any tales that border on the criminal)

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: captain54 ()
Date: August 10, 2011 01:08AM

you're right it was probably Minstrel's...thanks for jogging the memory...I looked up some of the bygone places on that strip and there was Huey's as you mentioned, but also Aphrodite's as well...and also Nancy's deep dish pizza in the area which was a pretty big deal at the time

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: 222psm ()
Date: August 10, 2011 11:07AM

Mornac Wrote:
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> (While I’ve been writing this a few other
> incidents of my savage youth have come to mind but
> I don’t think anyone wants to hear any tales
> that border on the criminal)

You know, I was thinking the same thing. I wonder how we did not get arrested on some of our adventures, ( a few times we came really close!) just plain luck I Guess. But if you want to share? confess your sins! LOL! I'd love to hear them!

I recall as a little boy a part of Sheridan that was real run down and seedy, my parents used to go to a store in the area and I remember my dad parking near the alley behind this place and seeing rats the size of lg cats! My mom was always scared to go but they used to buy some things that this store had, that at the time was hard to find at Jewel, etc. My dad got mugged near this store one time when he went alone, that was back in the early 70's But I'm fairly sure it was not as far north as the area in this thread.



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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: August 10, 2011 01:42PM

222psm Wrote:
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> You know, I was thinking the same thing. I wonder
> how we did not get arrested on some of our
> adventures, ( a few times we came really close!)
> just plain luck I Guess. But if you want to share?
> confess your sins! LOL! I'd love to hear them!

Geeze, maybe it’s time I get some of this stuff off my chest.

Okay, let me start with Lambert’s Lanes. It was a bowling alley situated across Broadway from Hebard Storage where we used to hangout. Besides a pool table, they had a few coin-op games. One was a mechanical baseball thing that we figured out how to get into. We occasionally created a diversion and relieved it of a bagful of dimes which we sold to the Jewel Foods down the way.

I had a couple of friends who set up a break-in of the place during hours for later in the night. We knew that the owner took all the cash home every night but there was always a good stock of liquor. One friend took what he wanted and split while the other one decided to hang around and make a grilled cheese sandwich in the toaster oven behind the bar. This next part may be of interest to anyone who knows who Chicago sports radio personality Mike North is. In that era, Mike (a.k.a. “Horse”) North was the evening bartender at Lamberts. He had been working that night and after closing he went out to a 4:00 bar to have a few beers. On his way home, he drove by the bowling alley only to see some lights on in the place. Naturally he stopped in to see what was up and the rest is part of neighborhood folklore.

Another friend was the parking lot attendant for Xanadu (their lot was a block north next to that terra cotta building). One night I went to meet him after the place closed. He was waiting for one last customer to pick up her Firebird. When she didn’t show, we “borrowed” her car and took it downtown to hang out. We had it back by 7:00 next morning and never heard any more about it.

Another guy (whose dad was the vet/owner of the animal hospital next to Lamberts) decided to burgle Xanadu one night by lowering himself through the skylight. All went well until his rig broke and he landed on the disco floor unable to move. Some employees found him the next day when they opened up. I think he avoided doing any time because the whole thing was so pathetic.

Yikes! These memories are growing by the minute. I’d better stop here before I have to turn myself in.

Anyway 222, I think I know what part of Sheridan you’re talking about. It’s between Lawrence and Montrose and it’s one part of Uptown that hasn’t changed much over the years.

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: September 24, 2011 02:47AM

Hey, I just found a pic of the aforementioned Devon theater (along with its aforementioned water tower). The second story windows are those of the dance studio (aforementioned).





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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: lamberts ()
Date: November 15, 2011 06:48PM

I owned Lamberts with My Brother and Mike North nevered worked there. He worked at Ridge Bowl

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Re: Marquis Lunch: "It's Time To Eat"
Posted by: Mornac ()
Date: November 16, 2011 12:58AM

Keith? Teddy?

Mea culpa for all of my past transgressions (which were minimal in comparison to those of some of my confreres). You still live in the Chicago area?

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