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Claude Peter's Lakeview Memories-Click Here

Gerhard Thomsen's Neighborhood Memories-Click Here


Lerner Lincoln-Belmont Booster (Maier)

Remember the "Sur-prize-o" cash prize game? (Harold)




My mother worked at Hoffings on Roscoe.  (Bailey)



Wieboldt’s (3239 Lincoln)
I remember the underground passage between the main store and the Annex of Wieboldts Barry)

In high school Lynn and I and two other friends used to go into Wieboldt's women's hat department and try on hats and laugh ourselves silly.  The clerk's didn't like us much (Carol)

Wieboldt's 2008



I remember the visit to Santa and the cartoon movie machines where you put your eyes up to a visor to view a cartoon for a nickel and the jelly candies at the candy counter. (Harold)

Goldblatt's 2008



How about the log cakes on Washington’s birthday with the little hatchet on top? (Harold)

What about Keippels Bakery? (Cathy)

Phillips Bakery
1955 Belmont

Dinkel's 2008



Kogens/Bangerts/Meyers/ was there one at SE Belmont n Hoyne????/

Miller’s Pharmacy 2004 or 2006 Roscoe (Glen worked there), Campbell’s on Roscoe & Oakley (Maier)

My first job was at the Drug store (can't remember the name) on the southwest corner of Belmont and Wolcott. I was the "Soda Jerk" and cleanup guy. I think I made twenty-five cents an hour. I quit after about three weeks. The butcher shop next door (or perhaps two doors west) to the pharmacy knew me well as I was in there often. Right across the street was a store. I seem to remember it was called "Skips". They were like a small five and dime. We would buy soda and gum and look at the magazines (Jarnecke)

I used to get a nickel coke and a nickel bag of chips at Kogan’s. The straw case could be shot across the room or if you wet the end, it could be sent to the ceiling and stick there. (Harold)



Jewelry store on Lincoln just south of Belmont.  They had 'Mason's' rings in the window.  Brian Klug told me someone in his family had one and explained some of it to me.  Had no clue what he was talking about. (Carol) (Klein Jeweler's, 3168 Lincoln, ref-Booster)

Also a jeweler on the corner of Lincoln and Belmont, Dennis bought my Engagement and Wedding rings there, we would stand and wait for the bus and I would get excited looking at all the rings when we were in High School. (Mary)

Belmont Jeweler's was at 3204 Lincoln and Robert's was at 3327(ref-Booster)



Stewart Warner:

We lived 8 doors west of Stewart Warner and I used to play there. The sidewalks were great for skating (the metal skates on your shoes). A friend actually climbed on top of the Stewart Warner clock tower! (Harold)



Appleton Electric, 1701-41 Wellington:

Played there too….the blocks of sand (from the castings) that we found in the yard were used by us to carve pretend grenades. The railroad tracks between the factories were used to “press” pennies. (Harold)

New Era Potato Chip factory at the southwest corner of Belmont & Paulina. You could get a just-off-the-conveyer belt, warm bag of chips for 5 cents. (Harold)

Wonder Bread/

The dairy at Barry n Ravenswood (Harold)

The place that sold Dairy/Eggs on Ravenswood (east side) & Melrose (Maier)

Eversharp on No. side of Roscoe btwn Wolcott & Ravenswood, now condos called “The Pencil Factory Condos”(Maier)

At that same location there was an outlet for Christmas Cards. I used to buy boxes for about 15-20 cents and sell them door-to-door for a quarter or 35 cents (Harold)

Cook Electric Southport and something. Both Mom and Dad worked there during my Jahn Years. (Barry)



We used to have a repairman come to the house to fix the TV. He would put a mirror in front of the TV and refer to it while working on the back of the set. I remember a Radio-TV repair shop on Nelson and Damen. (Harold)



Meyers/ Kuhn/Paulina Market 

Joe’s Delicatessen on Roscoe-the first store east of Hoffings (Maier)


Robert Hall (3111 Ashland)/ Fox n Fox/Bonds/ Maurice L. Rothchild/? Shop across from Dinkels?/Abrams, 3131 Lincoln/Mae Rue/Jack Lord, 3222 Lincoln/ Marv's Store for Men, 3111 Lincoln

How 'bout Eimers Clothing Store? (Cathy) 

Lincoln Knitting Mills (3338 Lincoln)(Barry and Lynn)

Hirsch Clothing (3217 Lincoln) was at LBA (Lincoln, Belmont & Ashland) in the tri-angle facing the flagpole. My sister worked there. Klee Brothers at the same location before Rothchild. LBA 2 Floors Dad bought me my first real bathrobe there. (Barry)

(Belmont Booster of January 1958 lists; Maurice L. Rothschild, Klee Bros. Division)

What was the name of the store on Lincoln that all the girls would buy their prom dresses from? Was it May’s? (Mary)

The prom dress store was May Son's.  (3160 Lincoln) (Lynn)

Manhattan tab collar shirts bought from Hirsch. Sam Rudy the sales guy was dating my sister so I got good service. My Jahn graduation suit bought from Robert Hall on Ashland for $29. All wool and itched like crazy. (Barry)



R & S Shoes, 3256 Lincoln, Father & Sons/

O'Connor and Goldberg shoe store.  Expensive shoes to me in those years, but once I started working full time needed good, comfortable shoes (4 inch heels) for that trip downtown. (Carol)

Remember looking into the x-ray machine to see how your feet fit inside of new shoes?  Little did we know that the x-ray dosage was too high.  Thankfully, the machines were removed after a short while. (Bailey)

Flagg Bros. Remember the flip front shoes no laces but a spring loaded flip tab? (Barry)

I think that they were called “Flap Jacks”. I had ‘em also as well as white loafers and couldn’t figure out if I should wear white or black socks with them. (Harold)

rare photo
looking south from Wieboldt's roof


A store that sold Models at Greenview and Lincoln.(Barry)

[that was Simonsen's Hobby Shop at 3054 N. Greenview (Ref:Booster)]



Vim's Sporting Goods: They were located next to Conway Camera and I got my first baseball glove there (Gerhard)

“Morrie” Mages (Maier)

[Mages opened in May of 1953 at 3144 N. Ashland (Ref: Booster)]



If I remember correctly: Ashland & School St. (1-2 streets North of Belmont) - A&P on corner & Kadaland Bowl above A&P.  I worked there part time. (George)

(Milin's Kaadland Bowling, 3249 N. Ashland-ref. Booster)

Diversey-River Bowl/Belmont Bowl/Bowling lane in restaurant-hall on Southport with human pin-setters (Harold)

(Southport Lanes, 3325 Southport-Booster)

Poolroom at Belmont Bowl and the Miss Cue at Ashland and School. (Barry)

Drex’s Pool Hall/Candy Store on Wolcott south of Nelson. The Duncan Yo-Yo representative would visit there and pass out patches if you could do tricks with your Duncan Yo-Yo (Harold)

Johnson’s Pool Hall on south side of Roscoe, about 2011 or 2009.(Maier)


Jahn Journal Ads June 1957


Math Iglers w/ the singing waiters-Chgo Pub Library now there/ Europa House (originally was Johnnie Weigelts (Maier)/ Zum Deutchen Ech/name? at north-west corner of Lincoln and Belmont/Ma’s/Shortie’s/Wimpy’s/Belmont Theatre Cafe (1624 Belmont)/Pete's Pizza 2407 Belmont

Heidelberger Fass-Lincoln & Cornelia, Henry’s on Western across the street from Riverview, Restaurant (can’t remember the name) @ 2010 Roscoe, only open for breakfast & lunch, Mar (Maier)

Wimpys at Ash n School, Greasy spoon on Ashland Aven. just north of Belmont (but then again, I thought Gus's ice cream place was on Irving and Damen).  Went there for french fries (lots of ketchup) and coke after school when we were at Lakeview. (Carol)

The greasy spoon just south of Belmont on Ashland qas Ron=Ric's.(Lynn)

Gus’ Sweet Shop was corner of Roscoe & Seeley, crabbiest man alive (Maier)

DeMars grill on Ashland east side near Fox and Fox.(Barry)

I remember most of these. Remember the Waffle Shop next to the Belmont Show? (Pearl)
I lived at 1825 Belmont. I lived on the second floor. On the first floor there were 2 businesses. I believe one put up awnings and I can't remember the other. Shorty's Grill (belonging to Jim Mckenzie's Dad) was located 2 doors east of me. On the corner of Belmont and Honore, S W corner, was a tavern belonging to my uncle. At 1827 Belmont was Webb Sheet Metal. Almost directly across from Webb metal was a Restaurant called Joe's. Behind Joe's was another Business, possibly Stoker's Heating. Ma's Restaurant was on the corner of Wolcott and Belmont. On the SE corner of Honore & Belmont was the Western Chain Factory. (Bob Webb)


Woolworths/Kresge's (2 locations, 3141 and 3300 Lincoln)/Walgreens (3213 Ashland)

all had lunch counters, good for BLT’s and soda fountain (Harold)

…….and a hot dog and root beer (Maier)

Walgreen’s featured pints of ice cream at 5 for $1 (Harold)

and a bottle of 100 asprins for only 7 cents in 1958 (ref-Booster)

Mr. B was the manager, of F. W. Woolworth.  He kept everyone in line (customers and employees) but just a big teddy bear inside.  Worked there as soon as I could get a work permit (15, I think). I worked there part time until I got married; even when I was working full time downtown. (Carol)

photo courtesy of Liz Maier
Vintage Woolworth Menu


Lincoln Pet Shop, 3050 N. Greenview (just south of Lincoln)/ Ashland n Henderson



Central Camera

Remember the rolls of 127 film and the plastic cameras? How about the View-Master Stereo reels? (Harold)



St Lukes/St. Boniventure/St. Alphonses/St. Andrews/ Galilee Baptist/

Don't forget the Ascension Lutheran Church at Wolcott and Cornelia. (Bailey)

Belmont Gospel Church. Belmont east of Phillips bakery on the south side. Real evangelists/(Barry)

Christian Fellowship Evangelical Free Church corner of Damen & Newport (Maier)



Belmont-Closed on October 2, 1958 after 33 years (TV-blamed) /Bugg/North Center/Century/Music Box/Biograph/Covent

Roscoe Theater, 2042 Roscoe St.(Maier)

I used to sneak into the doors on the Damen side of the North-Center (Harold)


Belmont Theatre 2008


Jungs-Wolfram & Damen/NW Hoyne n Barry/just west of Wolcott on N side of Belmont/SW Barry n Wolcott/"Super Food Market"

located in Wiebolts/also groc in Goldblatts/SW cor Barry & Wolcott/north-west corner Wellington & Wolcott/ NW George and Wolcott

Saturday evening visit to the corner grocery store for the Sunday newspaper and a Dixie cup-with the movie star picture under the lid (Harold)

Andy’s Groceryland corner of Roscoe & Damen, Fruit/Vegetable market NW corner Roscoe & Lincoln,  grocery store S.E. corner Melrose & Wolcott, and another N.W. corner School & Wolcott (Maier)

How about Kroger, was it on Damen?. (Mary)

Damen & Clybourn  (Maier)

CANDY: Andies candies/Wiebolts and Goldblatts candy counters

Fanny May candy store on Lincoln just North of Belmont on the west side. (3208 Lincoln) Mom worked there every Holiday.(Barry)

The Booster lists: Marzipan Candy Company at 2051 Melrose. Anyone remember it?



East side of Lincoln north of Greenview/Wolcott rear lot of tavern at George




Man-Jo-Vins/Garden on a bun(Diversey n Clybourn)/ Hot dogs from cart, Linc and Greenview @ 20 or 25 cents (love those steamed buns)/there was a place just south of Andies Candies on Lincoln, next to a currency exchange

Someone spoke of the Hot Dog Cart. He was my neighbor., Mr. Umbragus (sp?). He lives about 1830 or 32 Fletcher. (Jarnecke)

Man-Jo-Vin's was short  for Manny, Joe, and Vince. Three good old Italian boys.(Barry)

Hot dog vendor with a cart that he pushed. Hot dogs at 10:00 PM every Friday night after Mom washed the kitchen floor on her knees. Dad and I would walk and buy 5 for a dollar for our family of 4.(Barry)



NS of Belmont west of Paulina



Records: Blu-note first located under “L” tracks off Lincoln and then between Lincoln and Ashland on School St./Wiebolt’s/Goldblatt’s

I attended the release of Jim Vicker’s record at Blu-note. Jim was in the Jahn class that graduated in June of ’57. (Harold)


Oklahoma gas station at Melrose and Damen across from Man-Jo-Vin's "I have a tiger in my tank." Gas cost 23.9 per gallon Later became a Clark I think (Barry)



Carl’s on Roscoe, south side of street near the pool hall, Tom’s on Roscoe, in the basement (oops-lower level) near Oakley, north side of Roscoe just east of Damen (Maier)

I went to one on Damen N of George St. (Harold)

A couple more. Joe the BARBER, Belmont and The Scissors on Lincoln. The Scissors was my first job as a hairdresser.  Kerry's, I bought a lot of clothes there when I was in high school. Named my daughter Kerry. It was on Lincoln and Belmont. (3242 Lincoln) (Pearl)



Fuller Brush/rag man/fruit and veggie man/knife n scissors sharpening cart (ding dong)/ I do remember ice n milk deliveries (Harold)

How 'bout the eggman and the Superior coffee deliveryman? (Cathy)



Atlas radio, 3140 Lincoln

I used to go to a little store at Leavitt nr Barry to get my ice skates sharpened (Harold)

Jackie’s news-stand at Roscoe & Damen Service (3349 N. Damen)(Maier)

Hook and Ladder or Truck #21 at 1501 School  St at Greenview. I hung out there and actually rode on the rig once. I remember Truck 21 coming through the LBH intersection at such an angle that the tiller man and the driver of the tractor were almost side by side. Engine company #56 on Barry avenue west of Levitt. Spent a lot of time there also (Barry)

The Grebe shipyard at Belmont and the Chicago River makers of custom cabin cruisers $1,000 per foot. They made nothing smaller than 65 feet. $65 K in those days. Wow (Barry)

Western Tire and Auto at school and Ashland NE corner. (Barry)

Eggerts Bike shop on Belmont east of Greenview. Motorcycle shop Ashland North of School south of Addison. Saw my first BMW Isetta there. They also sold Cushman Scooters and DKW motorcycles as well as the original NSU Mopeds (Barry)

Polk Brothers warehouse on Belmont north side at Ravenswood (Barry)

Other furniture: L. Fish Furniture, 3036 Lincoln/Nelson Bros. Furniture, 3045 Lincoln/Wolfson's 3121 Lincoln

Lumber yard on Belmont, just west of Damen.  I think it was Hill-Behan. (Carol)

Two locations for Hohmeier Lumber, Belmont just west of Damen on the south side and  Charles A. Hohmeier, 1711-25 Belmont, on south side of Belmont just west of Paulina. Family feud (Barry)

Dances at the YMCA (Harold)

Music Instrument shop, violins, Belmont north side just east of Wolcott,near where Mary lived. Remember selling advertising for the Jahn Journal to these two OLD German folks that owned it.(Barry)

Kaspers School of Music on Belmont Avenue almost across from one another, close to  Clybourn. And the used items store.  A good place to buy 'used' books etc. (Cathy)


House on Fletcher had a coal furnace when we moved in and I remember 2 black men driving a Bulldog chain drive Mack truck delivering coal by the bag carried on their shoulder one bag at a time and dumped into our coal chute. (Barry)

My mother used to clip coupons out of the news papers that were only worth 2-3 cents, walk all the way to Lincoln and Belmont to redeem them, and carry two heavy grocery bags home….and we lived at Wolfram and Damen. If you include the walking around at the stores….that would total well over 2 miles.(Harold)



Summer (Was it called the Water Carnival?) event with water ballet, Miss Northside contest, etc, poolside every July...and....remember the Parade on Wheels where the kids dressed up their bikes and wagons? (Harold)

And of course there was Hamlin Park, so much of my ages 10 to 16 was spent there doing whatever. In fact just the other day I heard a warning to parents of a dangerous game being played by kids today. Taking several deep breaths and chocking themselves or having someone else do it. They pass out and feel the high when they come too. Do you remember doing a variant of this in the park. Do you remember what we called it? We would crouch down, take several deep breaths, take a last deep breath - stand up quickly - and someone would give a bear hug from behind. The same effect, pass out and come too feeling weird. One of the MANY stupid things we did as kids. If you ever really think about it, we are rather lucky to be alive. (Jarnecke)

I wonder how many of us did that dangerous forced-fainting stunt??(Harold)



I turned 16 in July of 1960 and ran down there and applied for a job. I worked for a couple years for a couple that owned two rides (Paratrooper and Ferris Wheel) and they also had five concession stands. I worked right next to the Rolo-Plane in a concession called "Spill-the-Milk". The game was four "milk" bottles on a stand that you knocked over with one ball. I had a great time there. Each morning before opening, I would climb on the roof and gather up the loose change that landed there from the pockets of the people being flung around on the Rolo-Plane. (Harold)


At Riverview I worked on the "Hotrods" which was located directly next to the "Bobs" roller coaster.  The "Hotrods" was the ride Two Ton Baker the Music Maker" did his TV commercials. I got to know some of the concession stand owners and they told me the tricks of their games:
Two of the bottles in Spill-the-Milk were weighted.  When put on the bottom, it was almost impossible to knock them over - and off the stand (which was also part of winning).  When placed on top, very easy to win.  If you spent ($2 - I believe was the number) they would place the bottles on top to let you win.
Throwing baseballs at balloons on a wall was another game.  You had to break a balloon to win.  Trick was the balloons were under inflated making it extremely hard to win.  Spend the magic $ amount and they would give you a ball with nails in it and tell you not to throw it too hard (sticks in wall).  And of course announce "another winner".
Only one game (that I knew) was really crooked.  That was the game you had to throw baseballs at "dolls" that were in rows on a rack.  You had to knock them over.  The dolls had fringe around the edges that made them look bigger but were harder to knock over.  This should have still been easy except for the foot-controlled wire that kept the dolls from falling over (or staying down).  Spend the magic amount and win should have been the motto. (George)
The “Spill-the Milk” bottles were made of aluminum (because that made a good sound when knocked over) and painted white to look like milk bottles. Yes, there was lead in two of the bottles and when they wanted the bottles to go over easier, they would be set with the weighted ones on top…and sometimes even placed on a tilt. The amount spent had nothing to do with when, it was the size of the crowd of spectators which determined when a prize would be easily won, in an effort to entice them into playing. (Harold....AKA, Harry)

one of those Wieboldt's hats?
Harry, Lynn and Barry