July 04, 2011

Let's Shop

Where Folks Shopped 
'The Lincoln Belmont'
In the good old days customers came by bus, train, or trolley to shop in the stores like the 'Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Business District' that was simply called by locals as 
"the Lincoln Belmont" so tells Leo Robert Klein - contributor to LakeView Historical on Facebook. 
"You'd get dressed up to go shopping; it was a big thing," says Anne LaFleur, a longtime resident of Lakeview. "You could buy fancy dresses and nice shoes; we'd go on weekends. It was special." Chicago Reader 1991

photo - AC Miller Photography
 photo - Ben Elsass Photography
View a few more photos on Flickr 
including some door entrance tile mats
1937 photo - Vintage Tribune on Instagram 
via Mariana Niscasco Historic Chicago-Facebook
image - Sulzer Regional Library
Commercial District
A 1923 Map View
A place to shop in 1928
photo - Sulzer Regional Library
 photo - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
 photo - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
Before internet shopping, before shopping malls, before the stores along the Mag Mile, there were neighborhood commercial districts.  The most popular of its era around the turn of the 20th century was originally called the to be known later as the Belmont-Lincoln-Ashland Commercial District. Each commercial district had an 'anchor' store(s) that would draw other shoppers to lesser known or small businesses in that particular general area.
Wieboldt Department Store, Woolworths, and later Goldblatt Brothers were that anchor from the turn of the 20th century until 1986 (for Wieboldt) and 2000 (for Goldblatt). This once grand three cornered intersection for retail shopping has been struggling ever since. Read about the reason for the district's failure in this 1996 Reader article.

a page from The City on the Move 
by Michael Williams, Richard Cahan, and Bruce Moffat
 Lincoln and Belmont Avenues 1895
Chuckman Collection 
with Walgreens signage on the edge of frame-left
one of the business was located
on Lincoln and Wellington
photo - Some Unimportant Chicago History on Facebook
Wellington Hat Shop
3004 Evanston Avenue (Broadway)

Lake View Upholstering & Cabinet Works

2 images of ink blotters - Ebay
unknown shop - Chuckman Collection 1930ish?
 photos above 1920's-ish
The Lake View Mercantile 
on Lincoln near Belmont-Ashland 

postcards - Ebay
These accounts were submitted by contributors to my sister site called LakeView Historical
Aaron Lisec:
"On June 17 the Tribune reported that the two policeman had been dismissed after being convicted of theft when the case was reinstated. This story refers to the store as being on Belmont. A Jan. 30, 1929 story reports that Goldblatts had leased the property at 3149-61 Lincoln from Herman C. and Anna Struve, and planned to build a branch store by 1931. I guess that explains the Belmont part. I found a Tribune article (May 30, 1909) that also lists it at 1058 Lincoln Ave. The store had suffered a fire a couple of weeks earlier and the owner, Herman Struve, accused two policeman of looting bedspreads and napkins from the counter in the aftermath. But Struve did not appear as a witness and the case was dropped."
Mr. Thomasson Clark, contributor of LakeView Historical, mentioned that the Safety Maintenance & Production, Volume 17 from 1909 lists Lake View Mercantile Co. at 1058-62 Lincoln Ave. And notes an insurance loss of $100,000.00. Kinda weird the numbers are a little off? 
about the shopping district 1929
just before the Great Depression
click on images to enlarge or link below
images - Jazz Age Chicago

The Chicagoan
An aerial view of shopping district 1930-ish
The National Tea Company
Beginning with one store on North Avenue in 1899, National Tea (view insert below) became the region's largest retail grocery chain. By 1920, when there were about 160 stores in the chain, annual sales approached $13 million. By the end of the 1920's, National Tea had over 600 locations in the Chicago area and another 1,000 stores nationwide; sales had grown to about $90 million a year. Many of these stores were closed or sold during the Great Depression, but National Tea remained among the 10 largest grocery chains in the United States for most of the twentieth century. During the 1950s, it acquired about 500 new stores by buying up smaller chains. In 1956, when annual sales topped $600 million and the company had nearly 20,000 employees nationwide, National Tea was purchased by George Weston Ltd., a Canadian company. There was little growth during the 1960s, when the company operated about 240 stores in the Chicago area (where it had fallen behind Jewel as the number one chain). During the mid-1970s, when it still employed about 9,000 people around the region, National Tea/George Weston suddenly abandoned the Chicago grocery market. By the end of the century, there was little trace remaining of what had once stood as one of the area's leading enterprises and the source of groceries for a large fraction of Chicago's population.
image - Lake View Saga
Shoppers 1935 - Calumet 412 
 Celebrating the Ashland Avenue bridge dedication of 1937 that link south Ashland south of the river with its northern route north of the river - Calumet 412
edited version that highlights the banners
 by Lance Grey
Postcard front and back - CardCow.com 
photo - Glen Miller via Original Chicago-Facebook
1938 on Ashland Avenue view north
 Traffic Issues in 1939

Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Business Association sponsored Lincoln-Belmont Days - photo 1940-ish 
- Daily News Archives
View the 1948 shopping centers (zoom) in Chicago via Encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org
A renowned shopping district in 1952
(click on article to enlarge)
photo - Ebay
Citizens a bit angry about the loss of homes
 1955 - Flickr
the second story view from the art deco building from the above photo - Flickr
Glazed terra cotta art deco ornamentation on the cornice of a building at the corner of Lincoln, Belmont, and Ashland from the photo above it. - Deco Architecture
Klee Brothers
(click on ad to enlarge)
ad image - Chicago Daily News via Chicago Public Library
Their Buying Strategy
‘Klee Brothers & Co is one of the oldest and known firms operating large retail stores outside of Loop Their shoe departments carry a general line cater to the medium and better classes of trade. The store is a consistent example of what can be done women's shoes in an exclusive men's clothing store. Each of the three Klee Brothers stores cater to an entirely different nationality. The north side store is patronized by an almost exclusively German trade. The Milwaukee Avenue store is made up largely of Poles and the Ogden Avenue establishment does most of its business with the Irish. This condition implies the need of the most judicious buying…’ – Boot and Shore Recorder 1913
apparently the entrance was on Ashland Avenue?
- corner of Ashland & Belmont Avenues
image via Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
 1950-ish - Chuckman Collection
Urban Shopping Can Effect Neighborhoods 1957
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 page 2
 page 3

A mall was planned 
for the shopping district in 1959

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Mall Delayed and ... never realized 1960
1952 photo - Calumet412 
Shopping Mall? 1965
1962 photo - Greg Reynolds, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
 1962 - Calumet 412 
photo array Jerry Roberts, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
1962 photo - Lance Grey LVH contributor

1962 photo Collezione Marone,Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

3238 North Ashland @ Melrose
1989 photo - R. Krueger Collection via Explore Chicago
photo - Nelson Herrera‎ via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
The Anchors of the District: 
Wieboldt's - Goldblatt Brothers
Woolworth's & Company
& Lake View Trust and Savings
The Chicagoan
1954 map Lincoln-Belmont
image - Chicago's Extinct Business-Facebook

  Their first store in Chicago was located at 1056 W. Belmont Avenue (post 1909 address) near Seminary Avenue 
(The pre-1909 address was apparently 1302 Belmont)
1907 photo - Daily News Archives
A Tale of Arson & Kidnapping 1907
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owner William Wieboldt role playing a clerk 1915
photo - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection
 1917 construction of the store - Calumet 412 
image - The Department Store Museum
both the main building and annex shown
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the store and a theater north of it called 'Garden Theater' with a capacity of 1k worth of patrons
 1922 - Daily News Archives 
 1930's-ish - WBEZ.org
1955 photo - Martin Treu Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
 Full Page Tribune Advertisements 1954

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 1955 - Chuckman Collection
photo - Growing Up in Chicago-Facebook
 postcard - Chuckman Collection
photo - Ebay
 1980's? - Deco Architecture via Everyblock
Before and after view
of the annex building to the main store
photo contribution - Maleah Jo Bataoel
 The second story annex is razed
and the building decades later converted
Condos and Whole Foods
 Wieboldts’ German-American retailer W.A. Wieboldt built one of Chicago's largest and most famous retail chains. His first store opened in 1917 and was located 1056 Belmont Avenue near Seminary Avenue.
The main building in the shopping district provided north-side shoppers with seven floors of merchandise, as well as a bargain basement. In 1924, an annex to the store was constructed across the street on School Street and consisted of two floors and a connecting basement to the larger building. By 1984 the cornerstone of this once thriving commercial district was to disappear.
The mighty department store of Chicago closed its doors in 1986. By 2003 this long term neglected building was to be designed for condos.
The Beginning of the End 
(insert the word 'store' in the red blocks)
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 page 2
Read this 1990 article about the futudfre plans for the store with this link from the Chicago Tribune.
A Testimonial
from the Department Store Museum
"I remember the store at Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland. On the day after Thanksgiving we would stand on the corner of Lincoln-Marshfield and School Street to watch the Lake View Christmas Parade. We would marvel at the mechanical display window on that corner. Then, after the parade, it was downstairs to see Santa Claus in the toy department. If we were especially good we could get a Coke at the Snack Shop under the stairs! I miss those good old days!"
Memories 1990
it never happened
The Annex along Lincoln Avenue Razed 
1995 photos - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collection 
Kotz Shoe Store
corner of School, Marshfield, & Lincoln
2011 photo - westvillagebob via Flickr 
photo - black and white are the colors
link it for an enlargement
My thanks to 'LakeView Historical' contributor Carter O'Brian for discovering the Kotz photos on the web.
2015 Instagram view by Saul Smaizys 
The Wiebolts Warehouse: 
the Connection on Halsted Street
Mandel Brothers
Mandel Brothers retail store were along with Marshall Fields and The Fair were the dominate business establishments in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all located in the loop area. The Mandel Brothers main store on State and Madison Streets near Marshall Fields established State Street as the retail center of Chicago. Like most large retail stores on State Street the retail store had several warehouses within the city to serve its storage needs. 
photo - Chicago Designslinger
The Mandel Brothers Warehouse building, now, loft condos were one of those warehouses built for the Mandel Loop store in 1903 by architects Holabird & Roche. By 1915 this building housed the firehouse company and equipment of Engine #78 until the present structure on Waveland & Seminary Avenues was finally completed by 1923.  Wieboldt acquired the Mandel Brothers Store along with its' several warehouses in 1970's when the company bought the Mandel and Brothers and until Wieboldt Stores demise in 1987. This former warehouse is still located at corner of Halsted & Aldine Streets. As of 1993, the Mandel brick & timber building is listed in the U.S. National Registry of Historical Places.
Goldblatts view
photo - Lisa Voigt, South Lake View Neighbors
The Belmont-Lincoln-Ashland shopping district of Lake View had a new retailer on the block at 3137 North Lincoln Avenue by the early 1920’s and moved into the old Vitagraph Theater. Goldblatts Brothers and expanded during the late 1920’s to the old H.C. Struve Store located at 3155 N. Lincoln Avenue and redesigned the stores into one retail space. The old retail buildings on Lincoln Avenue from 3133-41 Lincoln Avenue once a collection of stores were bought and redesigned in 1921-22 and 1925-28. 
Read my blog post called Theaters Past about the 
former Vitagraph Theater
photo - Growing Up in Chicago-Facebook
1955 photo - Jeff Nichols via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook from UIC Special Collections 
Saving Stamps
images - Chuckman Collection
Chicago Tribune Ads
(click on ad to enlarge)
a 1950 full page ad
View more from 1950 view LakeView Historical-Facebook
2013 - LoopNet.com
Goldblatts buys along Lincoln Avenue in 1929
The stores founders Maurice and Nathan Goldblatt opened a store at Chicago and Ashland Avenues in 1917, in a neighborhood that was then home to many Polish immigrants. Over the next 10 years, the firm's annual sales rose from about $15,000 to $1.4 million. As a retail company of medium-size department stores Goldblatt Brothers offered goods at low prices. By the mid-1960's, retailers such as Kmart, Woolco, Zayre, and Sears were digging into Goldblatt’s market share. Goldblatts expansion into the suburbs proved to be a difficult obstacle. Middle class shoppers looked for better and newer shopping options that forced the company to declare bankruptcy in 1981.  
Their flagship store on State Street was sold to City of Chicago for a temporary public library location then later sold to DePaul University when the Harold Washington Library was finally built. Without the money from the City of Chicago Goldblatt's would have closed its doors. After it entered bankruptcy, the chain was purchased in 1985 by JG Industries Inc. and was profitable again. However, changing markets, increasing competition, and vintage buildings the company continued to survive under new retail environment. By the year 2000 Goldblatt's closed for good and in 2003 the company was liquidated. 
Note: The structure at 1613-35 W. Chicago Avenue was designated a City Landmark in 1998 and underwent a complete renovation by the City of Chicago Public Building Commission as a historical reminder of the stores that once had dominance in an early era. 
Also, in 1998 the Lincoln Avenue store became a Chicago Historical Landmark. The old shopping district was granted a TIF status in 1994 with an expiration date of 2017.
1950's photo - Steve Lewandowski
via Original Chicago-Facebook
Read the comments on LakeView Historical-Facebook
screenshot from the movie Baby's Day Out 
My source: LVH contributor Maleah Jo Bataoel who took this frame from that movie 
A typical menu 
photo - Ed Holtop, Back to Chicago on Facebook
unknown source
 1995 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
1995 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
constructed by 1944
... along with a current view - http://ow.ly/Nenuw
Stores Continued to Close 
Along Lincoln Avenue
1995 photos - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collection
1950 Sanborn Map of the area 
The once dominate commercial area of Lake View by 1995 was still in a state of shock with Woolworth in Chicago closed in 1993 and then all its stores nationally by 1997. Goldblatt’s had a second lease on life in 1982 but finally closed by 2003. The bedrock of the Lincoln/Ashland/Belmont area was Weiboldt's and this Chicago based outlet closed 1986. The Weiboldt's annex was torn down in 1995. All these closures had a rippling effect on Lincoln Avenue after these anchor stores left the landscape. This is a photographic reminder of that time with few survivors.
 3210 N Lincoln Avenue just north of Belmont Avenue
 3212 N Lincoln Avenue
  3218 N Lincoln Avenue
  3220 N Lincoln Avenue
  3226 N Lincoln Avenue
 3236 N Lincoln Avenue
 3242 N Lincoln Avenue
  3248 N Lincoln Avenue
 3260 N Lincoln Avenue and part of Woolworth's
3330 N Lincoln Avenue - northwest at School
3312 N Lincoln Avenue 
3330 N Lincoln Avenue - northwest at School
3230 North Lincoln 
with the remnants of both the Citizens State Bank of Chicago and Math Iglers down the block on Melrose.

 3344 N Lincoln Avenue
Dinkel's @ 3329 N Lincoln Avenue 
3459 N Lincoln Avenue near Cornelia
A Before and After View of a Corner

another memory photos - Maleah Jo Bataoel 
Straus and Schram Building 3318-24 Lincoln Avenue 1925
photo - University of Minnesota via Chicago Past 
A Testimonial via Forgotten Chicago
"The dime stores I remember were the Woolworth and the Kresge on Lincoln Ave at School St. near Lincoln, Belmont, and Ashland. IIRC, Woolworth was on the northwest corner and Kresge was on the southwest, right across the street from Wieboldt's department store. The Woolworth disappeared in the early '60s and the Kresge probably around '65 or so, but the Kresge had a lunch counter where my Mom would buy my sister and me large glasses of Coca Cola after shopping on hot summer afternoons.
I collected stamps back then and would buy bags full of old, cancelled stamps for 99 cents and they also had birds and goldfish, little turtles, and all the other things that could fascinate a little kid."
Lake View Trust and Savings
A savings and loan banks and their association (or S&L), also known as a thrift, is a financial institution that specializes in accepting savings deposits and making mortgage and other loans. The savings and loan association became a strong force in the early 20th century through assisting people with home ownership, through mortgage lending, and further assisting their members with basic saving and investing outlets, typically through passbook savings accounts and term certificates of deposit. Lake View Savings and Loan was located 3201 N. Ashland Avenue. In 1921 the bank had a balance sheet worth $85,000. 
Below are a set of photos that highlight in the bank's past and the street corners future.
'My Old Home'
the front cover of booklet that advertised the 
planned development of the new building
My guess that these buildings were first??
and this was the second building??
the third building, no doubt
with back cover below

the back cover of the booklet
all images - from my personal collections
 Postcard 1914 - Illinois Digital Archives
 Date unknown - Chuckman Collection 
 postcard - Ebay
postcard image - Ebay
image - Ebay
A Savings Book 1938

1967 images - Ebay

photo - Sulzer Regional Library 1956
Sulzer Regional Library 1959 
photo - Lance Grey, LakeView Historical contributor
unknown date - Ebay
 Sulzer Regional Library 1985
Read and view about a massive planned development for the old bank area on Belmont/Lincoln/Ashland in my post called 'Land and Real Estate'.
2014 photo - Robert Zamora
This bank location was removed from the landscape by 2014 for a planned development - Whole Foods. 
 photos - DNAinfo
This store opened in 2017 - read more about from DNAinfo with more photos.
The Banks of Lake View
Lake View State Bank
3179 N Clark Street
postcard - Chuckman Collection

image - Clinton Hollins database
'George W McCabe, president of the Lakeview State Bank, has given a trust deed to the Chicago Title and Trust Company to secure $150,000 for ten years at 5 per cent The loan is secured _on and will be used to complete the financing of the new two story bank and office building for the Lakeview State Bank 92x158 now under construction southeast corner Clark and Belmont The building W111 cost $200,000 The site for the bank was purchased from Mathias Weiss for $80,000 cash or $870 a front foot for the Clark street frontage The bank is growing rapidly and requires the space'. The Economist 1919
Lake View State Bank
3154 N Clark Street 
photo - Cragin Spring via Flickr
 image - The Perfins Club 
postcard - Chuckman Collection 
below photo - Mark Susina via Flickr
The Citizens State Bank of Lake View
3228 N Lincoln Avenue
apparently the original building
photo - Illinois Digital Archives 
located at the right of this zoomed photo above
from Lance Grey-LakeView Historical
apparently the second building 
1989 photo - R. Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago
'Until the 1950s, it was a bank. Then it was a shoe store, then a dance studio, and then a pawn shop. Now, the early-20th-century this terra cotta building at 1623 W Melrose Street in Lake View is being reborn as a loft condo development.' 
– Yo Chicago
image - Yo Chicago
 photos - Yo Chicago 
with a 2007 Google View 
2008 photo - Chicago Magazine-Dish
'The eastern Lincoln Avenue fa├žade was pretty much ruined, so Solomon and sister Jill, also serving as listing agent for the building, took the opportunity to send window bays jutting out from the building envelope'. - Chicago Magazine-Dish
Central Savings

images - Ebay

image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson

Other Various Stores
Euclid Cycle Company
1019 Lincoln was the pre 1909 address. 

 image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
Dema's Candy Store
A.H. Gentzel's Art Studio
3052 N Lincoln Avenue
pre 1909 address of 669 N Lincoln Avenue
images - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson

Motor Sales Company 
3637-39 N Southport Avenue
photo - Ebay
The Picture Studios on Belmont Avenue
Belmont Studio @ 960 W Belmont
front of postcard - Ebay
back of postcard - Ebay
photo - Ebay
photo - Ebay
photo - Ebay
Radium Studio @ 847 W Belmont Avenue
above link to a Facebook album
photo - Ebay
for Belmont Quality Foods
The initial Food Stamp program in the United States began in the 1930’s and served two purposes -- (1) relief for the poor, and (2) providing price supports for agricultural products by keeping surplus foods off the market. 
Shopping Areas 1948
Dalkullan's Gift Shop
Chicago History in Postcards 
Paulson's Coffee Shop on Lincoln
1950's menu cover - Chuckman Collection
A Betting Shop on Sheffield
matchbook images - Ebay
Grocery Stores 1949
where S&W products were sold

so many of them ....

Other Commercial Areas & Biz:
Shops on Diversey Parkway 1951
 1951 stores between Sheridan Road & Clark
There was a series of articles called 'Walking Tour' by Chicago journalist Susan Nelson. Ms. Nelson highlighted shops and stores in various neighborhoods in the city.
But, first read is an essay by Henry Bengston called 
Chicago's Belmont and Clark: a Corner of Memories via Swedish-American Historical Quarterly
on these commercial districts
Shops on Broadway 1969
Online article part 1

Read all the threads of commentary of the map below from my Facebook site called LakeView Historical
Shops on Clark Street 1969
Online article part 2


 Ideal Candies
A Soda Fountain & Candy Store
1978 photo - Somer Images with Pete Vasilikos
photo - Art Institute of Chicago
From a message board called Straight Dope:
"We used to go there frequently when my sisters and I were kids, not only for the awesome ice cream and sodas, but also the ambiance; when you walked in, it was like going back in time to the '40's or '50's." – wolfgirl40
"It was Ideal Candies. Pete Vasilikos the owner, son of the original owner, Nick Vasilikos, closed this wonder ice cream parlor and home made candy store in 1987 after almost 50 years of operation, following his triple by-pass surgery. R.I.P" 
- Gordonio via Chowhound
"After closing the family sold the building to chef Scott Harris who opened Mia Francesca, an Italian restaurant in the space." - Kolak of Twilo
A Toy Store on Halsted Street
images - Public Collections (not in the map)
Steinberg-Baum was a toy store located at 3056 N Halsted Street. My thanks to Leo Robert Klein via LakeView Historical-Facebook for recalling this store in old Lake View!
The Drum Gift Shop
3215 N Broadway
Ghost sign, the last remains of the gift shop 
still located in the Walgreens parking lot
photo - Garry Albrecht
excerpts from the 1969 article about Broadway shops
An 1988 article about it ...
a recent photo from Hotel Room Search
The Melrose Restaurant Location Saga
 located on the southeast corner of Melrose & Broadway
 2009 photo - Aaron B via Yelp
It begins in 1900
image - Chicago Tribune via Kent Bartram

a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map view
He must have built a few more
Strike hits the 'Melrose Flats' 1903
an issue with the telephone company 1904
a new building takes its place 1937
 the 1937 rendering from previous article - Chicago Tribune
1940ish photo - Art Institute of Chicago
The Melrose Restaurant was established in 1961
2005 photo - A.V.S. via Yelp
In 2013 a discovery was made by the landlord
Mark2400 via Flickr
Neons signs were underneath the canopy that had torn
2014 - Yesper H via Yelp
According to the former students of Nettelhorst School the precursor to Melrose was a restaurant called Open Hearth. I am currently trying to find a photo of that place.
2015 photo - Mark S via Yelp
2015 photo - Josh P via Yelp
During the Era of New Town 1981
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Central Lake View 1982
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page 2
Some Random Stores in Old Lake View
 love the caption!
1944 postcard - Ebay
According to a patron, Barbara Jean Rogers, Jack Goldberg was the proprietor. He used to give out pocket mirrors with plastic backings that had a purple and pink design with the legend: "Mirror, mirror on the back, Is it time to visit Jack?" Jack cut hair using a straight razor, which he would wave around in the air while yelling in Hungarian to whoever he was talking to on the phone. (He'd hold the receiver between his head and his shoulder.) That was mildly terrifying for whoever was in the chair. Jack charged the highest prices of anyone in the neighborhood for a haircut – his cuts routinely cost $5 when everyone else charged $1.50. One time, he charged me $7.50 for cutting my very unruly and thick and curly hair. He did a great job, but my mother had a cow, especially because I only had $5 with me and had to go back with the additional $2.50. Mother called and complained, and Jack never charged me that much again. Jack was an artist and a very colorful individual. 

Rosewood Restaurant 
1959 matchbook - Chuckman Collection 
along with the tokens 

Nuts on Clark
1988 photo - 3830 N Clark Street
Robert Krueger Collection via Chicago Public Library
 R. Krueger Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
and across the street on the northside of Roscoes
934 W Roscoe
1987 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collections
642 W Diversey Parkway 
1990 photo - Robert Krueger via Chicago Public Library
 via my sister site, LakeView Historical on Facebook
Dennis Place for Games
955 W Belmont Avenue
same building as Quiet Knight, Tuts, and Avalon
The last vestiges of '80s arcade culture, these two video game dives in Lake View (957 W Belmont Ave) and Rogers Park (6701 N Clark St) kept pumping out tokens—80 for ten bucks—until December 2007. This wasn't your kiddie playland, rather a place you'd expect to find Cobra Kai bullies buying bumps of blow under the air hockey table.
Chicago Tribune 2014
1) 2007 - This place is the last remnant of the arcade era, of which I was a devout follower. Thanks to arcades, I now have spent enough to finance my kids college to any university he could have wanted to attend on computers, game systems and video games. That's OK, if he really wants to go to college, he'll get a scholarship. Sadly for me and arcade disciples like myself, this place has not bought a new game in like 10 years. I can play way cooler games on the toilet on a Nintendo DS. I don't know how much longer a seedy place like that can stay in business, especially that being the trendy neighborhood it is, and the probable demand for space there. You can go to a thrift store and buy a NES and 5 games for less than it would cost to play games a quarter at a time for 2 hours. Part of me wants to see this place stay there , but for gods sake either go totally old school classic or update , you cannot be filled with mediocre games from the mid 90's and expect my support.

2) 2008 - wow! I'm surprised Dennis is still open. This was the hangout during my high school years in the late eighties....The location in Rogers Park was  100% better....this was the place to be for serious gaming and compete against the top gamers in the neighborhood!  Pacman rules!

2) 2008 - The last time that I came here was around 6 years ago. I'm not sure if the crowds changed, but I can assure you that when I came here a few times each month in high school that some of the seediest people would hang out daily.
It wasn't very cheap, I'd end up with pocketfuls of tokens just to feel satisfied in the 'exchange' ratio. I'd be minding my own business and some antisocial weirdo would come over to an area where NO ONE had been for half an hour just to beat my game and take it over.
Not much game variety either over the long term.
I'm all for competition, and I am aware that all people need love and attention... but between the strange men and the transsexual prostitutes that would interact later in the evening gave me the heebie jeebies. Take it to your mom's basement :P sheesh. - all comments from Yelp*
(photo search)
3168 N. Clark Street
Located on Clark just off Belmont, Scenes set up shop in 1987. At the time, about the only coffeehouses in the city were the venerable Cafe Pergolesi and No Exit, both of which had their roots in the 1960's. Read more about it from the Chicago Tribune with this link.

Cafe Pavo
(photo search)
3523 N. Clark Street
Pleasant Wrigleyville coffeehouse popular with students, artists, musicians and Ethiopians (there are several Ethiopian restaurants along this stretch of Clark Street). 
- Chicago Tribune
Caffe Pergolesi
(photo search)
3404 N. Halsted Street
 If you`re looking for an authentic bohemian atmosphere, this is it. The folks at Caffe Pergolesi were pouring cappuccino long before it became fashionable. Read the article below:
Chicago Tribune August 23, 1991
By Jodi Wilgoren
'Though not technically Chicago`s oldest coffeehouse, it is the one that has been under the same ownership and in the same spot for the longest time-22 years.
Founded by David Weinberger, now 56, because he could not find a decent place to hang out in the Windy City, Pergolesi is a mellow, simple coffeehouse tradition. It is only open in the evenings and is closed two weeks in April for Passover.
The dark room features tables tucked away in crevices, including two choice spots on a raised platform by the Halsted Street windows, and is usually adorned with local artistry. Coffeehouse collectibles line a shelf overhanging the kitchen counter, and Weinberger`s first espresso machine, a 1950s Victoria, looms over the cafe to lend an antique flavor.
Decor, clientele and menu at Pergolesi are eclectic, a fuzzy reflection of the proprietor. ``It`s whatever I like,`` explains Weinberger, a 56-year-old Orthodox Jew who grew up in New York City coffeehouses and favors good espresso, good food and good conversation.'
 House of Fine Chocolates
photo - Inside Booster
storefront that was part of Broadway for 70 years
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Iva Toguri D'aquino (Tokyo Rose) and her family owned this shop along Belmont west of Clark - read more with this link.
The 'State of central Lake View' 1982
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The State of Lake View - 1990

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The Best of Lake View 1990
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The Jewel near Addison 1962
 3431 N Broadway 
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Grape & Lettuce Boycott 1973
My thanks to contributor Susan Reibman Groff for bringing this Jewel image to my attention. After further research other images were discovered by sequencing the slide ID #'s together. I am assuming all slide images are related. All 3 photos below by Paul Sequeira via National Archives.
The Jewel on Ashland was also involved in protest 1975
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Chamber of Commerce map of business 
(missing legend) early 80's?

'The Clark and Belmont'
By Urban Dictionary at 2005
An area of the city of Chicago near Wrigley Field (Wrigleyville) made up of the intersection of Clark and Belmont, the streets of Clark and Belmont themselves, and the entire general area. Clark and Belmont is the neighborhood of nearly every subculture Chicago has to offer, especially the Chicago Punk scene. 
The most notable were The Metro,The Bottom Lounge,
The Alley,The Architectural Revolution,Chicago Comics
Strange Cargo, and Taboo Tabou 
A Proposed New & Improved
Clark Street Plan 2013
Compare and Contrast View
Clark Street Corridor rings anew with new development plans. Take their survey off the previous link. In July 2013  there was more ideas and commentary of this development. 
And in August 2013, there was news about development plans for Clark Street south of us!
Vintage Business Sponsors:
Nettelhorst School Newspaper 
1959 & 1963
images - Susan Reibman Groff
(click on article to enlarge)
 a page from 1959
 pages from 1963
A Church Program Book 1915
This is a event program booklet from the Lake View Lutheran Church when it was located on the corner of Roscoe and Kenmore (Osgood). This booklet highlights the local businesses that supported the event in 1915. This booklet dates after the 1909 address changes so, it should be easy to research the businesses on each page.
 photos - Ebay
The Lake View Township Directory
1885-86 Edition 
images - Ebay
The directory was subdivided into commercial and residential sections - pre 1909 addressed
- the first and apparently the only directory published
book cover
book thickness
The commercial section below
The residential section below
A Evolution of Street Corner
Before Google Maps there was the Sanborn Fire Maps that helped an historian to trace back in time
 located on just south of Cornelia on Broadway
photo - Lake View East Chamber of Commerce

the new look of the store as of 2015
photo - Lake View East Chamber of Commerce
all about homes in 1894
image - Sanborn Fire Map edited
image - Sanborn Fire Map edited
This pre store 1923 view indicates public and private garages along Broadway with storefronts on the corner; an apartment that no longer exists = TI's parking lot.
image - Sanborn Fire Map edited
A 1950 view of pre-Treasure Island highlighting the existing parking garage (owned by TI) and a hotel currently known as the Best Western on Hawthorne
by Garry Albrecht
This one is personal ...
This double storefront shop was known for its Holiday Season products especially their very unique ornaments. The originally owners were transplants from Detroit bringing their idea of 'an equinox in every household' to a corner space in Lake View East - Broadway & Roscoe. By the turn of the century the owners expanded the store on the corner to along Broadway creating a hallway opening to the annex store. Over the years 'word of mouth' earned them a reputation as the 'Holiday Season' store during the month of December with, most often, ten Christmas trees in both spaces of their shop. 
all photos by me
The trees were stuffed with countless themed ornaments. There would be a tree stuffed with birds, one with fishes, one of red ornaments, one of blue and white ornaments - you get the idea!  There were racks and racks of unique ornaments to chose from. 
They also sold items for your home bar, clocks for various sizes and designs, vintage-like lamps or lamps with a possible animal design on them. In fact, animals was the initial theme of this store - from cookie jars to dish sets.
I was a part-time employee during the early years finally working only during the month of December as a gift box maker in their basement.
The customer would demand that their unique gift would be enclosed in a 'EQUINOX' designed box - over 25 sizes & shapes. While the store had a great 24 year run it could have had exploded in sales for another 24 years if the created an internet sales component to their business strategy. I created their Facebook presence in 2012 after years of persuading and pleading but the owner failed to create an internet presence at very end. I will have fond memories of this store, its customers, and my former fellow employees - if the walls could talk! 
with some history of the location prior to Equinox
Feb. 1965 Chicago Tribune 
from contributor Susan Reibman Groff
from my personal collection
dry goods store called IDEAL owned by a Miss A.A. Wieboldt
at the post 1909 address of 1608 W Fullerton Avenue
... now the English version

a neighborhood online business & events news source
they cover this strip of stores very well!
In the 2015 or so this area has changed more than any other shopping area in Lake View. More with this link!

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