Show all posts by user


General Discussion Forgotten Chicago Forum
Explore Forgotten Chicago
Feel free to discuss anything related to the website here. 

Pages: 12345Next
Current Page: 1 of 5
Results 1 - 30 of 144
8 years ago
bwalsh
Bingo! They ARE remnants of the Station. Supposedly they were returned to the site in 2004, so I don't know how I missed them prior to this. http://www.emporis.com/building/centralstation-chicago-il-usa Okay. Sorry. I see this was part of a discussion that happened back in 2012. Admins can delete this if they like.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
8 years ago
bwalsh
The other day I was walking east on Roosevelt towards the museum campus and noticed these two large concrete blocks. They are right across from that big highrise apartment (Central Station I guess that is called). They are located just past that rusty leg scuplture thing and next to the sign about the history of Blues in Chicago, the Mississippi Blues Trail. The blocks have decorative designs on t
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
8 years ago
bwalsh
That's interesting. I was under the impression that all demos anymore had to recycle the materials. Or maybe that's just been the choice of many lately? I think you could be right about the pavers. I actually went through a little town in Indiana a couple of years ago where they made paving bricks. A friend of my cousin (who was with us) had lived there for a short while as a small child, so we
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
Apparently, from what I've read on the various sites about Coffeyville, their bricks were produced in large numbers and were used throughout the Midwest. Now I'm going to have start paying more attention to bricks when I see them.
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
Okay, not that anybody had anything to add to this. So I will. I spoke with my cousin, who actually lived with my parents when they first moved into our house, and she just remembered the bricks as ones that were left after the houses were first built. However, she said my dad MAY have brought some home from work with him. I never thought of that. Seeing as he worked for the Chicago Public
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
I'm not sure exactly which forum this would belong in, but here goes. I was just out in my yard and picked up a brick that has been there probably since the house the was built in 1955. I've moved this brick and others in the yard hundreds of times, encircling plant beds, etc. Today, I turned it over and because it was wet, noticed a name on it - Coffeyville. I did a little research and apparently
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
Yes, my schools are still being used - went to K & 1st at Stevenson at 80th & Kostner and then 2-8 at St. Bede's at 83rd & Kostner. In fact they just built a big addition onto Stevenson.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
8 years ago
bwalsh
I skated at the park across the street (Rainey), but took lessons all the way out in Willow Springs at the Ice Chalet. My mother used to skate at the Midway Plaisance. To answer someone's question above, yes, they do still have an ice rink on the Midway.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
8 years ago
bwalsh
HaHaHa! My dad talked about Hanley's and he was also involved with the parade both the 79th st one and then when it moved downtown. So, it could very well be true or at least have some truth to the theory.
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
Not sure if this will explain some of the problem, but here is a link regarding this matter: http://catholicgene.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/catholics-mormons-and-genealogy/ I do believe though, that you can go to the Archdiocesan Archives in person and search the records, but it would be the same ones as are available through an FHC or on the familysearch site. If you wanted to search more recen
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
Scottsdale Guy, I definitely remember Loralei's at 95th and Cicero (Oak Lawn). We used to eat there frequently. I also remember when it burned down and quite a fire it was. The Branding Iron was great, another place we went regularly and is dearly missed. You might remember the restaurants in Ford City when they first opened - Prairie House (near Wieboldt's) and the Ford City Restaurant (near the
Forum: General Discussion
8 years ago
bwalsh
I didn't see these mentioned in previous posts: Paddor's, Kaufman's, Albert K's, Foxmoor Casuals, Richman Bros., Fran's, Madigan's, Three Sisters, Stuart's and I know there are others.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
Here's a story about the VFW, or actually one vet in particular, and information about their activities: http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/oaklawn/5700543-521/vet-symbolizes-dedication.html My dad belonged to a number of veterans groups: the American Legion, the VFW, Catholic War Vets and was an officer or commander at the local, state and national level in all 3 of these. T
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
Well I know that Sherman Park (55th and Racine) and Marquette Park (71st and California) have lagoons. I know people have always fished at Marquette Park, but I have no idea what kind of fish.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
I loved going to the Free Fair! I got lots of autographs and pictures of baseball players, won goldfish (which actually lived a really long time!) and one time nearly fell out of a ride! My dad knew Joe Meegan having grown up in the Back of the Yards area himself. I do remember that the increased gang activity was the primary reason for the eventual demise of the Fair and sadly, other fun things l
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
And one more piece of trivia regarding this building: http://books.google.com/books?id=qmUtAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA1160&ots=CmYJDnBYEm&dq=%22fire%20insurance%20patrol%20station%22%20%2Bchicago%20%2Bmonroe&pg=PA1160#v=onepage&q=%22fire%20insurance%20patrol%20station%22%20+chicago%20+monroe&f=false Apparently it was home to the laboratory that was the origins of Underwriters Labor
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10 years ago
bwalsh
Here's a link to show some of the old vehicles outside this Fire patrol building: http://ksc711.smugmug.com/gallery/1667751#81707654_pqxVa
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10 years ago
bwalsh
Awesome! Thanks shekaago! That is exactly the building. Apparently it was Patrol 1&2 according to that article. I even took a close-up picture of the emblem up towards the roofline of the building, but there were no words or inscriptions so nothing to go on with that. I never thought to look at the articles right here on FC. I have read them previously, but didn't remember about the Fire Pat
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10 years ago
bwalsh
I thought they were drop boxes. I have seen mailmen opening them and putting bags of mail in them or taking them out.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
Yesterday I was down at Old St. Pat's Church. As I was walking back to my car I took notice of the red brick building located on the SW corner of Monroe and Desplaines. I took a picture of it, but it's not donwloaded on Flickr, so I'm not sure how to link it here. Anyway, I have been looking for the longest time today trying to figure out what that building was originally used for. It has 4 rounde
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10 years ago
bwalsh
Another victim of macy's. I bought a swimsuit at I Magnin once (on sale!). It was a very chic store. Another one that is missed.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10 years ago
bwalsh
I admit to never ever noticing and even when I first saw the article I couldn't figure out what he meant by there being no 22nd St. My first reaction was "What do you mean? Of course there is - what else would Cermak be?" HaHa! It's kind of like I just know that 39th is Pershing and 12th is Roosevelt Rd. And if someone says Crawford, I know that it's Pulaski and South Park is King Dr and
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
I think the main reason was environmental. If my memory serves me correctly, I think the schools gradually switched over their various systems in order to burn cleaner - think of the days of the coal burning furnaces! My dad was a fireman/engineer in the Chicago Public Schools and he used to burn tons of trash in the incinerators. He found many interesting items in there, such as books that were p
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
Rob, Sorry about saying 6 was early. Actually I work in a library too, but in the suburbs and they're open til 9 - I forgot about the CPL closing earlier. If I hadn't had to stop home first, I could have made it there, but it was a necessary stop - medicine to give to my dog at a certain time! I will definitely dig through my stuff and see what I have regards to Clearing and the area. Look forwa
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
In the old neighborhoods, they still seem to be alive and well. Bridgeport has some that I can recall.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
Wasn't that Evergreen Bank for a short while? I believe I went to the Cash Station there a few times when it was.
Forum: Forgotten Chicago Sightings
10 years ago
bwalsh
I remember when I first started working downtown in 1978 and was taking the Midway Park 'n Ride Express bus (anyone remember that one?). It travelled down the Stevenson and then all the way down State St. I seem to remember seeing a Boston Store sign back then although I would have sworn it was on the east side of the street facing south. The reason I even took note of it was that my mother had al
Forum: Forgotten Chicago Sightings
10 years ago
bwalsh
Sounds good, daveg - I will definitely keep it in mind for April and hopefully will be able to make it then. I should dig through my pictures as I have some from when the Hale school was on the Midway airport grounds. Both my parents worked at Hale, in fact that's where they met.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
I really wanted to go to this tonight and had to miss it - 6:00pm is way too early when one gets out of work at 5. Hopefully, it will be repeated at some point in time.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
bwalsh
I have a picture of the sign taken from the 7th floor of Field's (now that m store) in 2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4351725703/in/set-72157623046037075/
Forum: Forgotten Chicago Sightings
Pages: 12345Next
Current Page: 1 of 5

Home | Columns | Articles | Features | Links | Forum | Mission Statement | Staff | Media & Press | Maps | FAQ | Contact