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Chicago's Extinct Businesses
Eli’s The Place For Steak once located at 215 E Chicago Ave in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. Opened in 1966, it closed in 2005. Famous for their cheesecake, it is now a separate company. Ad for Meister Brau Beer featuring Jim Conway. From The Chicago Tribune August 14, 1958. Here is an ad for The Party Mart Liquor Stores. It had two location, one in South Shore and the other on Roseland. From The Chicago Tribune October 11, 1968. Postcard from The Plentywood Farm Restaurant once located at 130 S Church Rd in Bensenville, IL. Ad for The Grecian Corner Restaurant once located at 6701 W 111th St in Worth, IL. It was previously located at 9921 S Roberts Rd in Palos Hills, IL. From The Chicago Tribune October 10, 1998. Here is a 62 Archer CTA Bus driving past The Montgomery Ward Store on State St in 1966. A cardboard case of Tavern Pale Dry Beer from the 1960’s. Here is a 1960 photo of the intersection of W Belmont, N Western and N Clybourn Aves at Riverview Amusement Park. Here is a weather map that John Coleman used on Eyewitness News on WLS-TV Channel 7 during the 1970’s. Here is the cover and first page of a production script from Bozo’s Circus dated June 26, 1969. 50 years ago today, WBKB-TV Channel 7 changed its call letters to WLS-TV on October 7, 1968. From The Chicago Tribune. Ultimo boutique once located at 116 E Oak St in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Salerno cookies are still around, but who remembers these classics? Mine were the Bonnie Shortbread Cookies. From The Chicago Tribune August 23, 1968. Ad for Wimpy’s Hamburgers Drive-In once located at W 98th St & S Western Ave. From The Chicago Tribune October 3, 1968. Here is a photo of two managers in front of Henrici’s Restaurant once located at 67 W Randolph St. Photo taken in 1962. It had other locations in the Chicagoland area. Here is a credit card from Blum’s Vogue Women’s Clothing Store once located at 920 N Michigan Ave. I just learned that Treasure Island Food Stores will close down all its stores in a couple of weeks. That’s very sad. Here is photo of the grand opening of its second store once located at 2540 W Lawrence Ave on July 30, 1963. From The Chicago Tribune August 9, 1963. Here is a photo of a CTA Lift Bus with Big Daddy Records & Tapes Store on the left. The store was located at 24 E Randolph St. Photo dated September 13, 1983. Photo found on EBay. Here are two side plates from The Red Balloon Coffee Shop. Bowman Dari Shake Chocolate Dairy Drink. Here are two menu covers from The Morrison Hotel once located at the corner of W Madison & Clark Sts. It was demolished in 1965. It is now The Chase Tower. Before that, it was the 1st National Bank of Chicago. Here is a 1950’s menu cover from The Mardi Gras Restaurant once located at N Lincoln & Touhy Aves in Lincolnwood, IL. Here is a parade float for Dressel’s Bakery. Photo taken in 1957. Here is a 1955 Zenith Flash-Matic Remote Control. Here are a book of matches and a place setting from The Tropical Hut Restaurant once located at 1320-24 ½ E 57th St in The Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The 70th anniversary of WLS-TV Channel 7! It started as WENR-TV when it debuted on September 17, 1948. Here are two pages from The TV Forecast Magazine showing its debut. Dated September 13-19, 1948. A hockey puck from Herman’s World of Sporting Goods Store. CTA Bus Route 16 Lake passing by a Order By Horder’s Store at E Lake St & N Wabash Ave. Photo found on EBay. A Silvercup Bread Sign. Here is a photo Variety Comics Store once located at 4602 N Western Ave. It closed on Halloween 2015. Ad for The Grecian Gardens Greek Restaurant once located in Greektown. I have never heard of this singer until I asked my mother and she knew who it was. From The Chicago Tribune September 14, 1973. Advertisement flyer from Child World Toy Store from November 1990. Advertisement flyer from Child World Toy Store from November 1990. A customer parking only sign from Rustler Steak House. Matchbook from The Rockery once located at 12 E Division St. Menu cover for Peter Pan Restaurant. A photo of Ber-Tals Store once located at 10 W Randolph St. Here is a movie ticket from The Will Rogers Theater once located at 5635 W Belmont Ave. The theater was closed in 1986 and demolished in 1990. Here is something obscure from the 1980’s. Buzz Magazine from Sound Warehouse. Dated August 1987. Maurice Lenell’s Pinwheel Cookies. Pinwheels! Pinwheels! Pinwheels! Cover of a Space Angel Coloring Book from 1963. The cartoon series used to be shown on Garfield Goose & Friends on WGN Channel 9. Here is a menu from the Kickapoo Inn once located at 7901 S South Chicago Ave in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Here is a photo of Bleeker’s Bowling Lanes once located at 3447 W 95th St in Evergreen Park, IL. It closed in 2013. It’s now a Binny’s Beverage Depot. Here is a menu cover from The Snuggery from the 1980’s. Here is the headquarters of Continental Coffee Company that was once located at 2550 N Clybourn Ave. A 1970’s photo of The Dan Ryan Expressway with a National Foods Store Truck on the right. A 1970’s menu from Brandy’s Chicago Saloon restaurant once located at 1210 N State Pkwy. Here is a FM dial card from WCLR 102 FM. It’s now WTMX 101.9 FM. Here is a matchbook from The Tartan Tray Cafeteria that was located in the lower level at Carson Pirie Scott & Company on State St. Here is a jacket from Jukebox Saturday Night once located at 5200 W 159th St in Oak Forest, IL. It had few other locations in the Chicagoland. Who remembers The Boston Shirt Yard? Here is an ad from August 18, 1977 when it was located at Evergreen Plaza. I used to go to the one that was located at Peacock Alley in the lower level at Ford City Shopping Center. From The Chicago Tribune. A 1963 photo of Jim Saine’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge once located at 871 N Rush St. Amy Joy Donuts Shop once located at Niles, IL. Here is a 1950’s photo of Nickey Chevrolet. This is before the “K” was in reverse. I’m not sure if this photo was taken at 4501 W Irving Park Rd or 4120. Ad for the grand opening for Cub Foods once located across the street from Ford City Shopping Center on S Cicero Ave. They are still in business. One is in Illinois, the others are in Minnesota. From The Chicago Tribune August 23, 1983. Here is an ad for the debut of The Ernie Banks Show on WHFC-AM 1450 on August 25, 1958. The station is now WVON-AM 1690. From The Chicago Tribune. Here is a photo of The Theater Bowl once located at 6900 N Western Ave. Photo taken in the early 1970’s. A credit card from Evans Clothing Store. Here is a photo from the early 1970’s at W Madison & S Clark Sts. Notice Tad’s Steaks on the left. Here are Jim Stewart and Geraldine from the TV show Here’s Geraldine on the cover of Chicago’s Sunday American TV Roundup Magazine from September 1963. The show ran from 1957 to 1965 on WBKB-TV (WLS) Channel 7. Here is a 35mm Color Slide Photo of Chernin’s Shoe Store in 1973. I believe this was located at 610 W Roosevelt Rd. Here is a 35mm Color Slide Photo of Chernin’s Shoe Store in 1973. I believe this was located at 610 W Roosevelt Rd. Four trunk decals from Tower Oldsmobile Dealership once located at 1233 N Wells St in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. Remember the TV commercials? Postcard from Cal's Roast Beef. Photo of Aylward’s Round Up Restaurant once located at 7701 S Kedzie Ave in the Ashburn neighborhood of Chicago. From The Chicago Tribune August 12, 1978. Two vintage 80 Irving Park Rd CTA Buses driving under a bridge with an advertisement for Northwest Federal Savings Bank. Remember the slogan? Photo taken in 1973. Here is a 1970’s backpack for storing G.A.S.S. shoes from Kinney Shoes. Menu cover for The Gold Coin Restaurant. A 1960’s Zenith Color TV Neon Sign. Ad for a 15 cent off coupon for Dressel’s Cakes. From The Chicago Tribune May 29, 1975. Ad for Red Tower Records once located at 54 Orland Square Dr. at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park, IL. Here are two menu covers from Stan Mikita’s Village Inn Restaurant which he owned from the late 60’s to the early 70’s on at Oakbrook Center. in Oak Brook, IL. A 1950’s menu cover from Ireland’s Oyster House Restaurant once located at 632 N Clark St. Here is a 1974 photo of The Chicago Stadium. It was located at 1800 W Madison St. Here is a classic entrance sign from there. I believe the sign is from the Madison/Wabash entrance from the “L”. Zayre Checkout Lights Three bottles of Canfield's. Dry Ginger Ale, Swiss Creme Soda, Black Cherry Supreme. Just like in the old days. Here is a 1954 photo of a woman reading at Kroch’s & Brentano’s Bookstore once located at 29 S Wabash Ave. Ad for The House of Lewis. From The Chicago Tribune December 13, 1974. Photo of a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor once located at 675 River Oaks Dr in Calumet City, IL. A 1957 menu from Stineway-Ford Hopkins Drug Store that was once located at The Greyhound Bus Station at W Randolph St in the Loop. 1980 menu cover from Doctor Jazz Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor once located at 1607 W Montrose Ave. A shopping bag from Rose Records. Here is a 1960’s van from Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Matchbook from The Olympia House Greek restaurant once located at 212 S Halsted St in Greektown Chicago. The Athena Restaurant is there now Here is a 1910 photo of The Velvet Coaster at Riverview Park in Chicago. This was the second roller coaster that was operating during that time. The first one was called The Top. Here is Walter Payton with Andre Dawson & Michael Jordan on the cover of Chicago Times Magazine. Was in circulation from 1988 to 1990. This issue is from March/April 1988. Here is a 1963 picture puzzle of The Funny Company. Used to air on Garfield Goose and Friends on WGN-TV Channel 9. The Vienna Pastry Shop once located at 5411 W Addison St in the Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago. Here is a coffee cup from Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge once located in Skokie, IL. They are still in business, but only a few Howard Johnson's are in the Chicagoland area. Here are Ned Locke (Mr. Ned) & Frazier Thomas on the cover of Chicago’s American TV Roundup Magazine hosting the La Grange Pet Parade on WGN-TV Channel 9. Dated May 28-June 3 1961. Spiegel Spring/Summer catalog from 1975. Charge plate from Gassman’s Department Store once located at 3010 E 92nd St in the South Chicago neighborhood of Chicago. The Studio Restaurant once located at Morton Grove, IL. A plastic shopping bag from Peaches Records & Tapes. Photo of Oak Park, IL from the 1970’s. Notice the Just Pants & Gingiss signs. Can’t make out the restaurant sign A sign from The Melody Mill Ballroom once located at 2401 Des Plaines Ave North Riverside, IL. Here is a sign for Bowman Maple Nut Ice Cream from the 1960’s Here is a T-shirt from The Funny Firm Comedy Club. it was once located at 318 W Grand Ave in Chicago. Who remembers Lasser’s Beverages? They were once located 2452 N Sheffield Ave. Here is a sign from them. An eight pack of Meister Brau Beer glass bottles from 1972. Here is a photo of CTA Bus Route 152 Addison. On the right is a sign of Wag’s Restaurant. Photo found on EBay and taken in the 1980’s. I went there when I was at DeVry in the 80's. Here is a 1955 ticket from the TV show The Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour. It aired on WBKB-TV (WLS-TV) on Channel 7 from 1949 to 1956. Morris B. Sachs owned several stores in the Chicagoland area for many years A lid of Country’s Delight Small Curd Cottage Cheese from Certified Grocers. Here is a photo of The Marbro Theater once located at 4110 W Madison St in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago. It was one of the largest theater in Chicago at one time. It was demolished in 1964. Photo credit by The Chicago Architectural Photographing Co. Here is a photo of Chicken Unlimited. This one was once located at E 111th St & S Michigan Ave in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. 1974 photo of Zimmerman’s Cut Rate Liquors. At the corner of Randolph & Franklin. Ad for a free game for the red pin at The Ford City Bowling Center once located at The Ford City Shopping Center in Chicago. Used to bowl there a lot. From The Chicago Tribune December 23, 1983. Here is a rare 1963 coloring book of The Adventures of Clutch Cargo. On the cover are Clutch Cargo, Spinner and Paddlefoot. Ad for FuncoLand. Probably from the late 1990’s. 1960’s postcard from The TravelLodge once located at 7247 N Waukegan Rd in Niles, IL. Here is The McCormick Inn Hotel once located at 2300 S Lake Shore Dr. Built in 1973, demolished in 1993. Chances R Restaurant once located at 10071 N Skokie Blvd in Skokie, IL. Photo taken in 1971. Ad for the grand opening for Rizzoli Bookstore at 294 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, IL. From The Chicago Tribune June 18, 1988. Here is a photo of Karson’s Family Restaurant once located at 3422 W 95th St in Evergreen Park, IL. The owner John Karkazis, passed away on June 19th. Tavern in the Green Bar & Grill is there now. Here is a photo of The Beverly House Restaurant & Banquet Hall once located at 10247 S Beverly Blvd on the South Side of Chicago. Photo by Dr. Gene Ossello A beach towel from Sportmart featuring The Chicago Bulls. Chas A. Stevens Department Store once located at 17 N State St in Chicago. Photo from The Chicago Tribune June 23, 1988. Comp USA store once located at 101 E Chicago Ave in The Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. A Nordstrom Rack Store is now there presently. 1959 photo of The Lake Tower Motel once located at 600 N Lake Shore Dr. A paper napkin from Puff-Fluff Doughnuts. Once located at 6801 N Western Ave in The West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago. 1960’s menu from The Rib Hill Restaurant once located at 9129 S Jeffery Blvd in The Pill Hill neighborhood of Chicago. Here is a photo of The Foster-Harlem Shopping Center from June 16, 1978 when The Turn-Style Family Center Store was located there at the time. They started closing their stores around this time. From The Chicago Tribune. Inside of a Silo Appliance Store. Location unknown. Menu cover of The Corned Beef Center once located at Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park IL. Had several locations in the Chicagoland area at one time. Here is another obscure one. Ad for HomeBase Improvement Warehouse Stores. Had a few locations in the 1990’s. From The Chicago Tribune June 10, 1993. Here is the musical program from Grease The Musical produced at The Kingston Mines Theater Company once located at 2356 N Lincoln Ave. It later moved to 2548 N Halsted St where it’s now Kingston Mines Blues Club. A 1980 receipt from Rose Records. Check out those phone numbers. Here is a 1977 card disc from Zip’z Ice Cream Parlor featuring Rick Monday who played with the Chicago Cubs. Dino Playmate Inflatable Doll from Sinclair Gas Stations. They are still some Sinclair gas stations still in business in the U.S. Ad for Linco Bleach’s new mini gallon. From The Chicago Tribune June 13, 1968. Here is a photo of Cee Bee’s Foods once located at Main St & Jefferson Ave in Naperville, IL. From The Chicago Tribune May 2, 1983. Here are some cans of Clover Club soda drinks with a variety of flavors. Inglenook Log Cabin Restaurant once located at 11507 S Halsted St in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. Photo by Dr. Gene Ossello. Woolworth’s store once located at Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL. Who remembers Foxmoor Casuals? Here is a plastic shopping bag from there. Here is a glass sign from a Ben Franklin store. Who remembers ClubLand once located at the Vic Theater in the 1980’s? Here is a matchbook from there. Here is a May 1973 menu cover from Fritz that’s it! Restaurant once located at 1615 Chicago Ave in Evanston, IL. Harmony Hamburgers once located at 3643 E 106th St in the East Side of Chicago. Saks Fifth Avenue Stores are still around, but here is one once located at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie, IL. Photo taken in 1958. Jack in the Box restaurants are still around, but not in the Chicagoland area. Here is an ad from the 70’s when it was located at W 103rd St & S Cicero Ave in Oak Lawn, IL. Baskin Store once located at 1035 Lake St in Oak Park, IL. Photo taken in the 1950’s Anyone who lives or has lived on the North Side of Chicago would probably remember Mayflower Super Foods. They were in business from the 1950’s to the early 1970’s. Located at Addison & Central. Photos of Bonanza Steakhouses in the Chicagoland area. From The Chicago Tribune May 27, 1978. Pj Hoff Weather Kit Here is a rare green vinyl record from the rock group The Kind. Their album Total Insanity When You Rock was released in 1981 from their own label 360 Records once located at 360 N Michigan Ave. They were a very good back in the day. Dove Candies Ice Cream Fountain Service once located at 6000 S Pulaski Rd. Ad for the grand opening of Camelot Music once located at Randhurst Mall in Mt. Prospect, IL. From The Chicago Tribune May 19, 1983. Photo of The Altman Camera Company once located at 129 N Wabash Ave. Photo taken in 1967. Notice The House of Vision next door to the place. Photo of a Western Electric Mobile Employee Office. Location unknown. Photo taken in 1970. Here is a photo of some cakes on display from A&P Grocery Stores. From The Chicago Tribune May 16, 1968. Here are some vintage CTA buses at W Pershing Rd & S Archer Ave where the CTA bus barn was located. It has been demolished for years. Notice the Chicken Unlimited Restaurant on the left. Photo was taken November 1977. Here are two kinds of boxed chocolates from Stop & Shop once located at 16 W Washington St in the Loop. Here is a SportsChannel microphone flag. Here is a photo of Toppers Restaurant once located at 333 N Austin Blvd in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. From The Chicago Tribune May 9, 1968. Here is the first issue of Television Forecast TV Magazine was published on May 9, 1948. It only listed programs for WGN-TV Channel 9 & WBKB Channel 4 (CBS). Here is a blink and you miss it Chicago business. Viacom Entertainment Store once located at 600 N Michigan Ave. Was only in business for 18 months. From The Chicago Tribune May 9, 1998 Here is a Lionel Train Set from Town House TV & Appliances once located in Niles, IL. Remember the commercials? Here is a cookbook from Petros Kogiones, owner of Diana’s Grocery & Restaurant once located at 310 S Halsted St in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Published in 1975. Here’s is the 20 Madison CTA bus parked in front of the Chicago Stadium. Opened in 1929, and was demolished in 1995. Postcard from Kiddytown Amusement Park once located at 4250 N Harlem Ave in Norridge, IL. Here is Bluebird Coach Lines Bus. Photo is from 1965. This is earliest ad I found for Children’s Bargain Town USA Toy Store. Once located at 2023-33 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. From The Chicago Tribune May 1, 1958. Here is a photo of a helicopter lowering an AC unit above a Colby’s Furniture Store in Oak Brook, IL. Photo taken in February 24, 1968. A classic photo of Kroch’s & Brentano’s Bookstore that was once located at 29 S Wabash Ave. Photo taken in the early 1970’s. Here is a coupon postcard from Prince Castles Ice Cream Restaurant. This one was located at 3138 S Oak Park Ave in Berwyn, IL. Expiration date is January 24, 1950. Photo of a Blockbuster Video Store once located at E Chicago & N Wabash Avenues. Photo taken in 1991. Photo of the inside of a Robert Hall Village Store in 1976. Location unknown. Here is a Miles Per Gallon Speed-O-Mile Teller Slide Rule from Terry’s Texaco International Service Station once located at W 79th St & S Damen Ave in Chicago. Here is a postcard of The Last Word Chicken Restaurant once located at 925 Ogden Ave in Downers Grove, IL. Here is a photo of Monarch Dry Cleaners once located at 114-140 W 111th St in The Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. Had several locations in the Chicagoland area for years. Photo provided by Dr. Gene Ossello. Photo taken in the 1960’s. Postcard from The Fireside Chrysler-Plymouth Dealership once located at 1020 E Golf Rd in Schaumburg, IL. Here is the lobby of The Jeffrey Theater once located at 1952 E 71st St in The South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. What a gorgeous place it was back in the day! Ad for Sizzler Family Steak Houses. From The Chicago Tribune April 21, 1978. Here is a 1978 jacket from Musicland. Here is a copy of The Record Buyer’s Guide from Peaches Records & Tapes. This is from April 1979. A patch from ON-TV Subscription Television Service. Here are two menu covers from The White Autumn Restaurant once located at 5754 W Division St in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Look at this beautiful ad from The Zenith Radio Company. The radios and the phonographs looked very sleek and attractive at the time. Ad is from 1942. Here is a rare Schlitz Beer Chicago Cubs Cardboard 3D Sign. Who remembers this place? Matchbook from Traffic Jam once located at 401 W Ontario St in Chicago. Lums Restaurant once located in Glenwood, IL. Had several locations in the Chicagoland area in the 70's and 80's Ad for the album Point of Know Return from Kansas on sale at Playback The Electronic Playground Store. From The Chicago Tribune April 16, 1978. A South Suburban Safeway Lines Bus on Cermak Rd in 1972. Loved riding on these when I lived in The Roseland neighborhood of Chicago in the early 1970's. Photo found on Ebay. Here is an ad for Bally's Tom Foolery Restaurant once located at 19 W 011 W Butterfield Rd in Lombard, IL. From The Chicago Tribune April 15, 1983. Who remembers Plato's Place Restaurant? Once located at the corner of W Randolph & N Dearborn Sts right next door to The Woods Theater. Photo taken in the early 1960's. Photo of The Eastman Kodak Company once located at 1901 W 22nd St In Oak Brook, IL. Opened on October 1961 and was torn down. A Costco was built on the property and opened on November 1997. Here is a photo of Davidson's Bakery once located at 1617 W Howard St in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Classic photo showing the back of a vintage CTA bus. Notice the Standard & Sinclair Gas Stations on both side of the street. Location was at the intersection of Dodge Ave & Howard St in Evanston, IL. in Skokie, IL. Photo taken in 1957. The Arc Restaurant once located at 1813 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, IL. From The Chicago Tribune April 12, 1973. A 1985 Chicago Bears commemorative edition coffee mug from Ponderosa Steakhouse Restaurants. A box of double nine dominoes from Woolworth's/Woolco. Remember Cingular Wireless? Based in Atlanta Ga, it had lot of stores in the Chicagoland are from 2000 to 2007. Here is Nokia 5165 cellphone complete with charger and user guide. Merged with AT&T in 2007. Price tag from Community Discount Stores. Lobby of The Kungsholm Scandinavian Restaurant once located at 100 E Ontario St in Chicago. Lawry's The Prime Rib Restaurant occupies that building now. Salerno Cookies are still around. Here is a photo of a box of Salerno Scooter-Pies Here is a vintage menu from The Athens Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge once located on the northwest corner of S Halsted & Harrison Sts. Check out those phone numbers! Postcard from Lytton’s Department Store once located at River Oaks Mall in Calumet City, IL. Who remembers WICV-FM 99.5 during the early 1970’s? Started as WWZR, WEFM, WICV, back to WEFM and is now WUSN, US 99. From The Chicago Tribune April 7, 1973. Ad for Kinney Shoes once located at Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park, IL. From The Chicago Tribune April 5, 1973. A menu cover from Sam & Hy’s Delicatessen & Restaurant once located at 3434 W Dempster St. in Skokie, IL. Celebrated WGN-TV’s 70th anniversary, here is an ad for The Fair Department Store having television sets on sale. From The Chicago Tribune April 4, 1948. Here is a 1970 photo of the intersection of W 63rd St & S Cicero Ave taken across the street from Midway Airport. You can see a Standard Oil Gas Station and next door was Children’s Bargain Town USA Toy Store. Both businesses are gone now. Two white vinyl pocket protectors from Maurice Lenell Cookies. A 1975 poster calendar from WCFL-AM 1000 featuring Larry Lujack who hosted afternoons at the time. Found on Ebay. Here is a Suburban Transit System Bus. Started operating out of Oak Lawn, IL in 1921. Later sold to the RTA and then became Pace. Photo taken in 1977. Easter ad for Demler’s Restaurant & Gus Widen’s Cakes & Pastries once located at Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park, IL. I remembered Widen’s Bakery when it was located at 8250 S Cicero Ave in Burbank, IL. Richman Brothers Clothing Store once located at Hawthorne Mall in Vernon Hills, IL. Photo taken in 1992. The Old Spinning Wheel Restaurant once located at 421 E Ogden Ave in Hinsdale, IL. Photo credit by The Chicago Tribune. Ad for Luigi’s Pizza. Once located at 8512 S. Pulaski Rd in the Ashburn neighborhood of Chicago. It’s Conte’s Pizza now. It was one of my favorite pizza places when I lived in the area. The others are Vito’s & Nicks’s and Angie’s, both on S Pulaski Rd and are still open. An ashtray from Chances R Restaurant. Postcard from The Chicago’s Last Department Store once located at 10520 S Indianapolis Ave in the East Side neighborhood of Chicago. Ad for J.R. Music Shop & Oranges Records & Tapes for the hard rock group Triumph on their new album and tour. From The Chicago Tribune March 25, 1983. An empty carton of Yummy Vanilla Ice Cream. Jewel Grocery Stores carried this brand for years. Buttons from Mary Lester Fabrics Shops. Another obscure Chicago business Kraml Dairy Milk Crate. My video will be debuting shortly. Here are some doneness tags from The Sirloin Room of The Stock Yard Inn once located at W 42nd & S Halsted Sts. A photo of Pullman Trust & Savings Bank once located at E 111th St & S South Park Way or Ave, now Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Photo taken in the mid-1960’s. Photo credited by Dr. Gene Ossello. Ad for WJJD AM 1160. It’s now WYLL. From The Chicago Tribune February 24, 1983. Here is a photo of Flo's Restaurant once located at 7-11 W Randolph St in The Loop. Photo credited by Saul Smaizy. A button from The Chicago Today Newspaper. Here is another obscure business that was in Chicago. Here is a wooden nickel from Heap Big Beef Restaurant. They were here in the late 1960’s. It was similar to Arby’s. A vintage Meister Brau Beer cardboard case from 1960’s. Here is a wall mounted multi-line yellow telephone from Western Electric. Here is the earliest ad I could find for “The Loop”. From the Chicago Tribune March 13, 1977. Thank you for the memories. Here is a Canfield’s electric wall clock. A postcard of The Edgewater Beach Hotel from the 1960’s. Photo of The Old Prague Restaurant once located at 5928 W Cermak Rd in Cicero, IL. Credit card from Gantos Clothing Store. Here is a 1960 spring catalog from First Distributors Inc, once located in The Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. Ad for ON-TV & Spectrum Subscription Television. This is the first glimpse of a Spectrum program guide I have seen so far. From The Chicago Tribune March 4, 1983. A photo of a vintage CTA bus heading north on Wabash Ave. Notice the Johnny’s Prime Steak House sign. It was located at 501 S Wabash Ave. Photo found on eBay. Date 1964. Here is a 1969 Wizzzer Trick Tray Set with a Dispensa’s Castle of Toys price sticker. Jack in the Box is still in business in other locations. I had this glass when my mother bought it for me when we dined there one day. It was at W Fullerton & N Kimball Aves right across the street from The Avon Theater. A can of Parker House Coffee. A Burny Brothers Bakery entrance made out of stone. This was located on the corner of First St & York Rd in Elmhurst, IL. Photo credit from Jake Parrillo. MainStreet Clothing Store once located in Chicago Ridge Mall in Chicago Ridge, IL. Photo is from The Chicago Tribune February 28, 1988. Here is a Stagebill program featuring Ray Rayner & Dale Benson on the cover. They performed at The Candlelight Dinner Playhouse once located in Summit, IL. Dated December 15, 1976. A sign from Hoe Kow Cantonese Restaurant once located at 73 E Lake St. Here is a 1979 photo of a Chicago Health Club once located at 6500 N Ridge Blvd. Photo credit by Buddy Casanova. Here is a Z-Rock bumper sticker from 1986. WZRC-FM 106.7 is now WPPN-FM. Here is a rare Diver Dan jigsaw puzzle from the 1960’s. The show used to be shown on Ray Rayner and HIs Friends. Postcard from Mangam’s Chateau Restaurant once located at 7850 W Ogden Ave in Lyons, IL. Two piggy banks from Wickes Furniture. Here is a postcard of Topper’s Beef & Bourbon Restaurant once located at 1560 N Wells St in Old Town Chicago. Shopping Bag from ChicagoFest. Who remembers Dingbat’s? Once located at 247 E Ontario St. Mr T. once worked there as a bouncer. Who remembers Computer City Stores? There are a few stores still in business in Europe. From The Chicago Tribune February 18, 1998. Okay, who remembers Big Daddy’s The Entertainment Stores? They were here in the Chicagoland area in the early 1980’s. From The Chicago Tribune February 11, 1983. A Skee Ball Ticket from Kiddieland Amusement Park once located at Melrose Park, IL. Photo of Stump’s Pub & Banquet Hall once located at 10551 S Harlem Ave in Worth, IL. From The Chicago Tribune February 4, 1978. People I know to this day still miss this place very much. Here is a pizza box from Ron Santo’s The Pro’s Pizza with Ernie Banks on it. Won Kow Chinese Restaurant located at 2237 S Wentworth Ave in Chinatown closed its doors last week after 90 years in business. Talk about longevity. It will be missed. A 1968 Bartender’s Guide from Zimmerman’s Cut Rate Liquor Store once located at 240 W Randolph St. A credit card from Paddor’s Clothing Store. Two Beer Glasses from The Golden Ox Restaurant once located at 1578 N Clybourn Ave. Holloway House Cafeteria once located at 27 W Randolph St in the Loop. Here is a photo of Reiter’s Home Furnishing Store once located at 6238 S Halsted St in The Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Photo was taken 1968. Who remembers Broadstreet’s Men’s Clothing Store? It had stores at The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Skokie and Oak Brook. Here is an ad from 1962. Here is a poster for WGLD-FM 102.7 from the early 1970’s. Previously it was WOPA, then WGLD, WBMX and now it’s WVAZ V103. Here is another obscure business that was in the Chicagoland area. Who remembers Little Red Hen Country Chickens Restaurant? They were here briefly in the 1960’s. From The Chicago Tribune January 28, 1968. Here is a postcard from River Oaks Shopping Center in Calumet City, IL with Kroch’s & Brentano’s Bookstore on the right. Postcard is from late 1960’s. Here is a photo of Hyde Park Shoe Builders once located at 1451 E 57th St. in Hyde Park. This photo is very personal to me. The owner Gus Lukis has just passed away and he and his late wife lived in my old neighborhood in Ashburn. They were good friends with my parents and visited my house frequently when we lived there. What a nice man he was. He owned the place for 55 years until January 2015. Here is Kline’s Department Store once located at W 131st St & S Western Ave in Blue Island, IL. Also had two other locations in Chicago Heights and Joliet. A menu from a Chicken Delight Restaurant. This menu is from 6424 W Belmont Ave. There were at least 20 or 25 locations in the Chicagoland area during the 1960’s Here is an ad for The Original House of Pies Restaurant. It had few locations in the Chicagoland. Still in business in couple of states. From The Chicago Tribune January 25, 1973. A TV set cardboard box from Zenith Radio Corporation. Bresler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream Shop once located at E Hyde Park Blvd in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Photo taken in 1988 Here is something obscure. A travel bag from Olson Travel. It had an office at 1 N LaSalle St at one time. Not sure about other locations. A coffee can from Orchard Park. This brand was sold at National Food Stores back in the day
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