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5 years ago
Eric F
Sad news about a great Chicago sports figure http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-former-bear-doug-buffone-found-dead-at-home-20150420-story.html
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5 years ago
Eric F
I'll take the old park over the new one any day of the year, sure you had a few posts to deal with, but the upper deck view was so much better than those oh so high up seats they have now. As the joke goes, I got up for a beer in the upper deck and when I came back a mountain goat was in my seat.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Anyone remember a Loop Eatery called Streamliners ? Was around as late as the early 70's.
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5 years ago
Eric F
That was quick, I think I found it http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1961/10/26/page/90/article/96-year-old-hospital-looking-to-future
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5 years ago
Eric F
Has anyone ever heard of it ? Friend of mine says he was born there in 1949, but doesn't know what ever became of it.
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5 years ago
Eric F
St George in Bridgeport was a Lithuanian parish. Sadly it's now long gone, but it was very beautiful.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Let me see if I can copy it from the book at my local library and then I could try and post it. St George's parishoners according to the author were almost entirely Austrians from Burgenland, though many of the priests and nuns were not. St Augustine also had quite a few Burgenlanders along with Bavarians.
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5 years ago
Eric F
This book The community of Fuller Park : those were the days my friends by Rudolph Unger has a photo of the interior of St George as well as nearby St Cecilia.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Sherman Park library was my first. Some great memories of that place.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Gaylords in the late 60's around Sherman Park.
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5 years ago
Eric F
I believe American Can Co was in the Gage Park area.
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5 years ago
Eric F
I remember the Byrne building well. There was a coffee shop-ice cream parlor on the first floor, for some reason I thought it was called Pappas'. Chris Howe had a big garage in the alley there where he kept his gray and red garbage trucks.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Thing is though. I've been told I have an accent in New York, Canada, and the Southern States, but never in Milwaukee, Detroit or Cleveland.
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5 years ago
Eric F
I maintain that we just have a general Midwestern accent, despite the deliberately exaggerated type of speech one hears on occasion from a few people. I think a fair amount of people would like to think that there's a unique Chicago accent, but I don't believe it exists.
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5 years ago
Eric F
I was in there as late as Fall 1977.
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5 years ago
Eric F
I lived across the street from Engine Co 84 at 5711 S Halsted. Used to run to the window everytime they had a call. Then I went to school across the street from the firehouse that was at the NE corner of 53rd-Wood.
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5 years ago
Eric F
St John of God also had Urbanek on the south side of 51st. St Michael's also had Kubina-Tybor on 47th, and on 51st-Western was Stransky. The Lutherans used Fruendt just SW of St Martini's on 51st. Englewood had a couple more like Ketchum, which I believe was on the Blvd, just east of Halsted in an apt bldg.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Sacred Heart. 70th-May. Combined church-school Sacred Heart. 46th-Honore. Chicago's only Gorale parish. Wolniak funeral home was acros the street. St Theodore. 62nd-Paulina. Another combined church-school. Assumption BVM. Wabansia west of Ashland.
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5 years ago
Eric F
There history traces back to 52nd-Morgan. Joe Ziemba's book When Football Was Football is a great read.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Old St Stephen's. Sangamon-Ohio. Beautiful little church. Our Lady of Vilna. 23rd-Leavitt. Small combination building. St Philip Benizi. Oak-Cambridge. Outstandingly beautiful Sicilian Church near the Cabrini-Green projects.http://blogs.lib.luc.edu/ccic/little-sicily-st-philip-benizi-parish-fr-luigi-giambastiani/ Resurrection.Austin area. An impresive church built by Henry Schlacks.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Some more St George 39th-Wentworth.Beautiful church with an impressive interior. Almost entirely Austrian at one time, except for the priests. St George. 32nd-Lithuanica. Very impressive church. St John of God. 52nd-Throop.Another very beautiful church http://content.library.ccsu.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/cpaa/id/36413/show/36313 St Ludmilla. 24th-Albany St Matthew. W
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5 years ago
Eric F
Got the wrong link for St Charles Borromeo hope this works https://archive.org/details/stcharlesborrome00stch
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5 years ago
Eric F
This link has some interior photos of St Charles Borromeo, you've got to page through the book aways though. St Charles Borromeo was the childhood parish of gangster Roger Touhy, and when he escaped from prison in 1942, he held a couple of clandestine meetings there. It's described in The Stolen Years.
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5 years ago
Eric F
Regarding some of the churches mentioned. St John's 18th-Clark. James T Farrell was baptized there. Looked like a beautiful church from the outside, never saw photos of the interior. St Laurence. 72nd-Dorchester. Got inside it on Good Friday in the late 90's. Nice interior. St Columbkille. Shot of the interior was a beautiful church. St Jarlath. Would like to see an interior photo.
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5 years ago
Eric F
I was at the fireworks show at St Mary of Mt Carmel around 1964 (I would have been 4) when one of the pyrotechnicians was injured in Raster grammar school's playground.
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5 years ago
Eric F
To me it's been our greatest loss. Here's some of our treasures that were demolished. In alphabetical order to start 1.St Agnes. 39th near Archer. Nice interior, I may be able to hunt down a photo online. 2.All Saints. 25th-Wallace. One of the images of America books has a photo of the altar. Beautiful Gothic church. 3.St Anne. Garfield Blvd-Wentworth. I've only seen the exterior. 4.
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6 years ago
Eric F
Regarding a couple of Pizza places mentioned. 1.Didn't Phil's on Ridgeland come 53rd-Ashland where they were called Esch's ? 2. Didn't Barnaby's on 79th-Pulaski have live bands at one time ? I believe that's where the band Chicago, found there bass player Peter Cetera.
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6 years ago
Eric F
I seem to remember Von Solbrig acquiring a very bad reputation in a short time and I believe that's why they closed. The DeMoon's owned Central Community Hospital at 57th-Wood. Does anyone remember the name of the hospital that was in China Town. It reminded me of Von Solbrig, and it was there till the late 80's at least.
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6 years ago
Eric F
Yukon Moose Cholak owned the Calumet Beach Inn at 9910 S Ewing (torndown) and occasionally tended bar. Dick the Bruiser really did on occasion hangout at Ben's Auto sales at 59th-Western.
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6 years ago
Eric F
I think the Jivaros were from near 69th-Laflin. Use to know one pretty well.
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