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7 years ago
Eric F
I remember the lit up sign Tony Piet had, and the jingle for Farrell-Hicks, and Dick the Bruiser would sometimes hangout at Ben's Auto Sales at 58th-Western.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I heard some great stories about Frazier Thomas. Supposedly he sometimes walked from WGN studios at 2501 W Bradley Place and took the Addison St bus west to go home, wherever that was. Also heard he had a large train set in his basement
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7 years ago
Eric F
Dick Butkus lived at 10324 S Lowe and played ball at Fernwood Park. His family attended St Helena of the Cross at 101st-Parnell. Elliott Ness lived in Roseland, but not sure exactly when.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Got any photos of the interior of Presentation Church ?
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7 years ago
Eric F
Benny Goodman was from 1125 S Francisco.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Almost forgot. Raquel Welch, back when she was Raquel Tejada, lived in Edgewater for a time. If my memory is accurate, I think it was the 5500 block of N Lakewood.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Dressels Bakery was nearby at 66th-Ashland.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Mayor William Dever lived and died in Edgewater, 5901 N Kenmore (pretty sure he had another place there as well, seem to remember photographing it) and Mayor Martin Kennelly lived at 5555 N Sheridan after he left the South Side.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Steve Allen did live in Englewood for a time.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I'm from Englewood and the Back of the Yards, so starting with the former, at various times we've had Patrick "Packey" McFarland. Hall of Fame Boxer. Conrad Dobler. All Pro football player. Frank Corr. Mayor of Chicago. Ed Kelly. Briefly before he was Mayor. Charles Deneen. Governor of Illinois. Steve Allen. Comedien. Probably a few I have l
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7 years ago
Eric F
Actually Visitation HS was west of Halsted, closer to Morgan. The church and rectory were on the Englewood side of Garfield Blvd, while the schools and convent were on the New City side.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I grew up there and have wonderful memories of the area. Lived at 57th-Halsted from 1960-67, and can remember the firehouse at 5711 S Halsted, the Walgreens at 55th, the Dime Store, White's Hardware, Marx, the Byrne Building, Dangles Butchershop, Mahon's, John's Food And Liquor, which was in our building, the Modern Laundary, with it's huge smoke stack, the other firehouse down at 62nd, Visitation
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7 years ago
Eric F
Forgot how big the place was, going back east. I'll bet they had alot more than 600 employees in there peak years. Really sad what's happened to Chicago industry. Thanks for posting that.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Edgar Branch interview Farrell in the 50's and gave the real names of just about every character in the Studs Lonigan trilogy as well as photos of all the places. I went out in the late 90's and photographed all the ones that were still standing. I'm a huge Farrell fan and as great as Studs Lonigan is, I sometimes think the 5 Danny O'Neill books may be even better.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Swanky Franky's on 51st east of Racine was another one. And of course Burgerland at 59th-California.Still remember the Super Submarine Sandwich in Walgreen's diner at 47th-Ashland.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I remember Cameos at 5900 S Western, wasn't it Kliros at one time ? Anyone remember Mr Q's on 50th-Ashland (east side) or the Tic Toc Snak Shop (NE corner of 51st-Ashland) ?
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7 years ago
Eric F
Green Light on 53rd-Pulaski had great ribs in the early 80's. Motor World across the street was good too, I can still picture George the guy owned it taking the bill.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Went past it hundreds of times in my life,but now I can't seem to find a photo of it online, so I was wondering if anyone had information or memories of it. In 1987 they still had 600 union employees, and I know that trains loaded up shipments right out back of the structure. For the life of me I can't remember how many stories high it was. Thanks in advance.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I remember being in the Stanton Hobby Shop some years ago. They moved at least once I believe. tThink, the Schuessler brothers and Bobby Peterson were in the store the night they disappeared. Also remember a hobby shop at 35th-Halsted and the Scottsdale Hobby Shop. There were at least 4 places you could by models on 55th-Halsted in the 60's. The Dime Store, Walgree
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7 years ago
Eric F
For the most part they're a thing of the past, but back in the 60's there were quite a few as well as numerous stores that sold model planes,ships, cars, tanks, etc. Some of the one's I remember 54th-Winchester (East side of the street) Joe's Place. Think it was 2449 W 59th-St (I believe it's still standing) Trost Hobby Shop 3105-11 W 63rd-St Can't remember the name, but we had anothe
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7 years ago
Eric F
Ringbauer's had a banquet hall and a tavern a short distance from each other. I can look up the address, but the banquet hall was at the SE corner of 51st-Ashland, probably like 5159. They had another tavern at the NE corner of 53rd-Justine (5301 S Justine) It was a mosque last I saw of it. Ringbauer's were from St Augustine parish at 50th-Laflin.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Does any remember the Covered Wagon from this area ? I think I was there when quite little but can't remember exactly where it was. I also remember Louie George's, ate there as late as 1972 or 73.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Robert Topolski was shot to death in Cornell Park in Oct of 1971. My Mom worked in the hospital where he was taken. I knew the younger brother of the guy who was charged.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Less than 50 years ago in the Back of the Yards, in the area between 45th and 53rd and from Throop to Seeley (less than a mile square) we had 11 Catholic churches and a convent where mass was said. Not to mention a 13th just out side those boundaries.
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7 years ago
Eric F
This wasn't a viaduct though, you had to drive right over all the sets. I always remember them on the way to Evergreen Plaza as we travelled Southbound.
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7 years ago
Eric F
They're long gone, and if my memory is correct, there were even more tracks than there were around 55th and St Louis.
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7 years ago
Eric F
Does anyone remember a huge set of RR tracks that crossed South Western Avenue somewhere between 74th and 87th. There may have been as many as 20 sets of tracks along with a small tower. Think they were around till maybe 1964 or 1965. Might have been just north of 79th St. For some reason, no one I talk to remembers them
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7 years ago
Eric F
The Loafers still have reunions every so often. I know there have been get togathers at a couple of SW suburban restaurants.Most of the guys are 60 and up.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I lived at 53rd-Laflin in the 60's and 70's, went to Fulton and Libby grammar schools. I still get back every Good Friday.
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7 years ago
Eric F
I think the final nail in the coffin for the Rebels as a street gang, was the incident where a group of them beat up 2 Chicago cops at the Gage Park Bowl. That really brought down the heat on them.
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