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7 years ago
Chidude84
A few other German named streets that changed their names were Frankfort, which began Charleston & Lubeck became Dickens. I remember in Chicago history class they wanted to rename Goethe to Boxwood Court. In defense two German-American alderman mockingly suggested they rename it Nutwood, due to the mental state of those who wanted to rename it.
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10 years ago
Chidude84
They're both actually retirement centers now, The Lawrence Hotel was pretty swanky in the old days, with all their rooms being supplied with Marshall Field's ware and it even has(had) an indoor pool , golf practice center, handball courts, exercise gymnasium, and rooftop garden with views of Lake Michigan. The Viceroy is now called the Lorelei, it's right on Lawrence and Kenmore, and during it's p
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10 years ago
Chidude84
Hey all, Does anybody have any pictures of any hotels in the Uptown area? I've tried googling to find some but no luck. I'm talking about the Viceroy & Lawrence Hotel in particular. I found some old postcards of some other hotels in the area but no such luck for these two.
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11 years ago
Chidude84
at www.jazzagechicago.com, under Leisure, they list the name of several picnic grounds in the Chicagoland area, but no Earhart, do you remember what part of the city it was by?
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11 years ago
Chidude84
The Davis Theater is still there but they don't show German movies like they used to back in the day, Merz Apothecary is still there as well, and of course the Brahaus is still there. Timeless Toys is also still there and they've been there since the early 90's.
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Oh yeah! I remember reading somewhere that they changed the name to 5th Avenue to try to boost the area's retail prestige. And before it was Colorado it was Barry Point Road, so 5th Avenue has had quite a few names, lol.
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11 years ago
Chidude84
There's still a couple of places that are still open on the list -Biltmore cleaners is still there -CV Diner is still there too, until about 2 years ago it was still called C&V but now it's called the Elston Grill. -Tong's Tea Garden is still a Chinese restaurant but it's called Hunan Wok now, which is really popular with local NEIU kids The Hollywood Bar is still there and kicking, last y
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Thanks FranCarmen! I had no idea Gross had any ties to the Villa District.
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Yep, the book is entitled Unexpected Chicagoland.
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Unexpected Chicago is a great book about Chicago that shows a lot of different photos of Chicago, mostly of unexpected things, lol I guess hence the name. It's by Camilo Vergara and Tim Samuelson. According to the book, the area around 5th Avenue, and Monroe was a subdivision of Samuel Gross, and the homes were designed by Swedish architect Lars Gustav Hallberg for some of Gross' more affluent cli
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11 years ago
Chidude84
So according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, Samuel Eberly Gross had 2subdivisionsns and built some 10,000 homes in the Chicagoland area. The question is, does anybody know the names of his subdivisions? I know the more popular ones like Alta Vista Terrace, Grossdale & Hollywood (which eventually turned into Brookfield, IL) and Gross Park (on Henderson & Paulina) but that leaves some 19 mo
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Yeah,Lewis Towers is named after Frank J. Lewis, he was responsible for giving Loyola the building in 1946. He was a huge benefactor for Loyola University, as well as for Lewis University.
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11 years ago
Chidude84
There was a Lewis Memorial Maternity Hospital of Chicago's south side at 3001 S. Michigan Avenue, pretty much on the corner of Michigan and 29th. It was an archdiocese hospital run by Sisters of Charity of Providence. Check this site out: http://www.sacredhealing.com/triadoption/AAOMH/Illinois.pdf And don't quote me but I think the building it was in was a rather tall building, that at one time w
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11 years ago
Chidude84
I remember there used to be a Butera on the corner of Touhy and Rockwell that sat abandoned for years (over 10 years) until around 2000 when it became an Autozone. I think it couldn't keep up with the Jewel-Osco at Howard & Western Shopping Center (prior to when Jewel-Osco left Howard & Western and headed down the street and reopened bigger,and better on Howard & Kedzie on the Evanston
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Thanks all!
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11 years ago
Chidude84
So has anyone been down 43rd Street lately, right off the El stop at 43rd? There are two buildings there that seem to have a past but I'm not able to find anything on them. The first one is located right off the 43rd stop, just east of the station. At first I thought it was originally a church but looking at it further I think it was maybe once a commercial structure or maybe an early theater. It'
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11 years ago
Chidude84
Okay, in history class, when I was in grammar school and we were discussing Chicago history, my teacher told us a lot of stories about Chicago, and one stuck in my mind some 15 years later. She told us this story that I think took place sometime in the 1880-1890's about a woman who had a large tree in front of her house and the city was expanding, and eventually the city workers would have to tear
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