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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Thanks for bringing this up, Jeff. I went by there a lot as a kid (family lived nearby) and I distinctly remember the brick tower on the building at Addison & California being taken down, some time in the mid-80s. In the link you posted, you can see the tower in the photo taken from the trolley bus turnaround. By the way, near the spur that ran in front of this building, there was a flagp
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
That three-story building on Kedzie & Elston was recently demolished. I remember it being a country & western bar when I was a kid, and then most recently it was a paint and decorating store. The paint store had an interesting animated neon sign mounted on the north side of the building.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Haven't found the grave, but I looked at the 1971 obituary...holy cow, they took from the WGN Studios on Bradley all the way over to Loretto Hospital when he had his heart attack? That's over 10 miles!
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Here's the High Low on E 63rd: Woodlawn High Low
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I was doing some searching around and found that the High Low at 1210 E 63rd (just east of Woodlawn Ave) was previously a nightclub called Anne Millstone's Rendezvous. It looks like the club changed names by 1957, because Chuck Berry played at the Stage Lounge at this same address. I've got no idea when it became a grocery store.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
A photo with the EKCO factory - probably early '60s: EKCO Factory, '60s
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Hugh Hefner's predecessor to Playboy After Dark was broadcast here on WBKB (Balaban & Katz's TV station, later became WBBM-TV), called Playboy's Penthouse. The set was made to look as though you were in Hef's apartment and the first episode featured Lenny Bruce, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Cy Coleman, who wrote the theme song.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
My favorite: Melrose peppers, with some good bread and sharp provolone. South Shore lays claim to the invention of creamy garlic salad dressing, at Alexanders Steak House off of 79th, so famous that Nicky Hilton was said to have flown containers of it out to Beverly Hills for his wedding to Liz Taylor.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I found a Trib article from April 14, 1969 that describes a massive grain elevator fire at that location. The article said that the elevator was the last grain elevator in the city served exclusively by railroad and that it was owned by Gerstenberg & Co. The structure was severely damaged and the embers started grass fires at 50th & Halsted.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Fantastic! It's bigger than I remember it being, too.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
The only place I found reference to it was in a book on serial killers that said Rignall was left by the Alexander Hamilton statue, which is close to Diversey.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
What exactly does that phrase mean? I heard it in a musical scene from a rock and roll movie from 1957. The band was from Memphis and the movie was filmed in Dallas so the phrase was at least regional... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0QrggYv13I
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I do not, but my mother grew up in the neighborhood and said that her mother used to shop there. She didn't remember the name in particular, however. The Crystal was their preferred theater, although the much-smaller Queen was closer to their house at the time. And, in keeping with the shopping habits of the time, she mentioned that they rarely crossed Western nor California to buy grocerie
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Excellent - thanks Dunning!
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Hi - which building is it?
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I remember that small building - it was brick, somewhat art deco, and had station identifier letters on it that were obscured by overgrown brush. Was it something like WOPC or something?
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
There was an upstairs place called Bieg's Bowl on Milwaukee near Montrose that burned down in the '90s.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
My childhood dentist's office was in the Skil building. I distinctly remember that one of the elevator buttons read 'SKIL' instead of the floor number.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Wasn't it Coach And Six?
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Hey Ringo, good to see another Don on here! So the Tribune said that Mill Run was demolished in '84 for expansion of the mall. Wasn't the theater on the very northern end of the mall? It doesn't look like anything went up in its place except for the parking lot.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
There was a thread here about the Klaus Department Store that has some mentions of Kaufman's and a couple of photos of the intersection in the early '60s. http://forgottenchicago.com/forum/1/1757/page=2/_subject_
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Check the Southtown Economist from December 1942 (via Newspapers.com) - there's a wedding announcement that mentions an Emmet Vaile, living on 61st Pl.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
There are some tracks starting to poke through at the old turnaround just south of the corner of 63rd & MLK, east to Vernon.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Add to that asbestos, knob-and-tube wiring and still-connected gas lighting lines and it's a wonder we just don't demolish it all and start all over!
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I believe one of the family members is Don Glut, now a successful science fiction writer, filmmaker and at one time, bass player in a band out of Los Angeles called Penny Arkade that was produced by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I found a brief mention in the Tribune from 1949 about the sale of the hotel from one owner to another. It says that the hotel, which had 67 rooms, was 55 years old at the time and had been remodeled in 1944. As far as the organized crime aspect of your story - South Shore was home to many crime figures, both well-known and less-so, so perhaps her recollections tie in with that in some way.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Thanks for reviving this thread - I have since found that the name of the Chinese restaurant was Genghis Khan. Before that, though, it was a Mexican restaurant called Joe's La Siesta, which was mentioned in one of Jory Graham's guidebooks to Chicago.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Yeah, he was a Greek gentleman. Sometimes we'd see him over near Lee and Algonquin too, and I remember that he got arrested for being a public nuisance.
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
I believe the original Orchard Field was just a grass strip so there probably wasn't much of an official entrance. During the war, the main gate to the Douglas factory was on Mannheim Rd. (now called Old Mannheim), and there was a secondary gate on the Higgins Rd. side. Those gates remained in use as gates to the Air Force facility pretty much up until the base closure in the '90s. There is
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6 years ago
WayOutWardell
Interesting. I'm wondering if perhaps Geo. Schmidt contracted out the concessions to Gordon, then. Sam also ran concessions for circuses, amusement parks and ballrooms in Florida.
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