July 03, 2011

Let's Eat & Drink

And Be Merry ...
Places to Gather 
shops on Broadway south of Belmont
1981 photo - Ebay
'Like a breath from Unter den Linden. A German orchestra plays compositions by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner; imported oil paintings adorn the walls; the dining room is large and colorful, with red predominating; waiters of thick accent careen hither and yon with steins of (near) beer; stout Teutonic papas and their families eat sauerbraten or kartoffel kloesse; and all is lively, crowded, colorful, and Continental. The dining room is located on the ground floor of the Lincoln Turner Hall, an old landmark in the center of the north side German area. It is conducted by August and Fred Marx, cousins, who formerly ran Marx's "Beer Tunnel," a basement sauerkraut and beer establishment in the Loop in the old days. They are widely known among German-Americans of the city and many of their old friends are always present at dinner in the Lincoln Turner Hall dining room. Music is featured only during dinner. The table d'hote dinners are $1.00 and $1.25; luncheons are 50 and 75 cents. All of the standard German dishes are on the menu, as well as the regular American items, and the cooking here is in the hands of expert German chefs.' Chicago Ancestors.org 
postcard - Ebay
photos - Chicago Ancestors
built during the time of the Township of Lake View
"Like a breath from Unter den Linden. A German orchestra plays compositions by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner; imported oil paintings adorn the walls; the dining room is large and colorful, with red predominating; waiters of thick accent careen hither and yon with steins of (near) beer; stout Teutonic papas and their families eat sauerbraten or kartoffel kloesse; and all is lively, crowded, colorful, and Continental. 
outside cafe postcard - Chuckman Collection
below 1964 photo from an unknown source
Maisonette Russe Restaurant
In 1885, wealthy banker Rudolf Schloesser 
& his wife Amelia built this grand home.
photo & narrative from Johnny Conlisk, 
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
a postcard view of it 
to the right in red
a listing from The Chicagoan
1940 photo - Chuckman Collection
The Chicagoan Magazine 1932
'Meet Colonel Vladimir Yaschenko, formerly of the Russian White Army, formerly of the Petrushka Club on Michigan Boulevard, and now the man responsible for admirable Russian food specialties at the Maisonette Russe. Polite, gentlemanly, suave, having all the refinement of a Russian reared amid the military pomp of the Czars, Colonel Yaschenko reflects true Continental hospitality as he welcomes you into his Russian restaurant, located in an impressive old town house on Lake Shore Drive, facing Lincoln Park.' -unknown source
3823-29 N Broadway
I content there is a loose relationship between this company and the store mentioned above with a newer owner
 This company's main store and factory was located
 in Lake View at 3823 Broadway

a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map view

images source from the link above
This is the image of the founder Elie Sheetz who established his company in 1897 on the east coast. His national company had several storefronts in the Loop area of Chicago, as well in Lake View (main office & factory) and Uptown.
one of the first advertisements
The second section of the ad below
 The main store from the advertisement above
 below an advertisement from 1921
1935 image - Linns.com
with a 1937 ad also from Chicago Daily News
below image - BJ Wolff via Pinterest 
also known for it's in-store homemade dark 
chocolate turtles called 'Charms'

A stand-along article 1983
 page 2

Barbara Jean Rogers -contributor in LakeView Historical 
with her 2016 testimony on Martha’s
"I grew up with Jackie Schneider, Sid's daughter, and Elly Tichler, whose father, Hans Tichler, who was a master candy maker at Martha's, as well. In the autumn, Mr. Schneider would make caramel apples with Michigan winesaps. The sweet taste and creamy texture of the caramel complemented the tartness of the apples. Even at age ten, I knew those were an extraordinary version of a common treat. My favorite was the sponge candy, but the napoleons (peppermint, lemon, cherry, wintergreen, spearmint, and lime 1" round fondant "sandwiches" with dark chocolate in the middle) were a very close second. I would always buy a pound of sponge and a pound of napoleons on my way into the city for a visit and another pound of each on my way back to Nashville. And I have never tasted anything so weirdly delicious as the chocolate-covered rose gels. When I was little, "Aunt" Sally would give me a napoleon, and I would sit on the turquoise naugahyde hassock just inside the front door of the shop, eating the candy in little bites while Mother caught up on the neighborhood gossip. I will miss Martha's until the day I die. Best candy I ever tasted; better than Godiva & Ghirardelli, better than any other candy anywhere."
Boaster Kitchens
postcard mailer
 Feuer's Restaurant
Probably located in the long gone Rienz Hotel
1939 menu cover below - Chuckman Collection
Bryson's Lunch
1648 W Belmont Avenue
De Luxe Restaurant
unknown location
part of my collection
postcard - BidStart
Join the conversation on Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Jeff Nichols via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Jerry Jamrich via Vanished Chicago Facebook
part of the conversation on Facebook
"He who blows* everything before his End 
He makes the best Testament!"
*note: 'verjubelt' includes 'joy'.
Translated by Leo Klein, contributor to 
LakeView Historical-Facebook
"Drink as long as you like, drink every day! If you can do it in the afterlife, that is the question."
Translated by Birgit Kobayashi, contributor to 
LakeView Historical-Facebook
outside sign verses - 2000 photo R Krueger Collection
The framed image on the sign was the owners son 
according to Birgit Kobayashi.
postcard - Chicago History in Postcards
their stain glass windows now part of the second floor of 
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro - thanks for the photo!!
photo - Chicago Bar Project
images - BidStart
With its Bavarian-style building, homemade strudels and souvenir alpine hats - ($5.95 included a shot of liquor)
 Nancy Berger Anderson, LakeView Historical-Facebook
a wedding reception gift from the restaurant
Pat Kollman-Thompson, LakeView Historical-Facebook
images - Ebay
I bought this in 2018 from Ebay
 photos - Ebay
Zum Deutschen Eck was one of a dwindling number of reminders of Lake View's German heritage once located at 2914 N Southport Avenue. It was one of the last survivors of a generation of Lake View businesses that were owned by ethnicity.  Zum Deutschen Eck was one of the most popular German restaurants in all of Chicago since it originally opened in the 1956.
(click on article to enlarge)
Since it's sudden closure in 2002, many felt great sadness and dismayed as this piece of Chicago history was torn down and replaced by a parking lot, which took a fair bit of doing considering that the old Tudor-style building took up the entire corner of Southport and George. The handcrafted bar at restaurant found in "Zum's Lounge" was made of solid oak, matching the wooden doorway arches – the latter of which, along with some of the stained glass cartoons of German lore and sayings found in the bar area can be found today at the upscale Irish restaurant. It's kind of sad. It's like an era comes to an end," For as the neighborhood has changed, "That place always stayed the same, in a sense".
 - a Chicago Tribune article
The final day - Craig Lost Chicago
This plague is all that remains of this restaurant located in what is now a parking lot; a reminder of its popularity for its German ethnic food and drink
and then before the Bavarian facade it was ....
Joe Weber Restaurant - Halls
photos - Lance Grey via LakeView Historical-Facebook
A former alderman of this area owned the block. 
His father was a political 'big wig' as well.
photo - Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
According to site called Forgotten Chicago, "Chicago has had 50 wards since the 1920’s yet many areas of the city grew in population much later than that, requiring a shifting of ward boundaries and sometimes a complete relocation of a ward. The 45th [ward] was once located here in [southwestern] Lake View, previously a working-class German neighborhood. The alderman for many years was saloon keeper Charlie Weber. A true Chicago character, he was also fanatic about keeping the ward clean. Every Christmas he would throw a party for the garbage men in the ward, which he dubbed the “Knights of Cleanliness.”
Schwaben Stube Restaurant
3500 N Lincoln Avenue
 as of 1942 Chuckman Collection
postcard images -  CardCow
 photo -  Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Its Evolution ...

1987 photo - Robert Krueger Collection
via Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
The Wild Onion

Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
1988 photo - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library
 The building was a vacant lot as of 2007
Math Igler's Casino
1923 - late 1980's?? 

image - CardCow
a postcard series with different frame view - the last image
images - Ebay
1939 photo - Chuckman Collection
According to Rick Burger, a contributor to LakeView Historical-Facebook, “In years gone by the word 'casino' meant any kind of place of public entertainment. Over time the "gambling house" sense of the word crowded out the less specific meaning.”
 1958 photo - Chuckman Collection 
via Growing Up in Chicago 

 1950's menu & place mat
from my collection
a 1956 article
 1958 Chuckman Collection
 1958 Chuckman Collection
 1958 Chuckman Collection
a 1958 article

a 1960 advertisement
Chuckman Collection
Ravenswood - Lake View Community Collection 
This German style venue was located near the old Lake View commercial district  and known for its singing waiters.
1961 - Chuckman Collection
a 1967 article below
(or click on article to enlarge)
a 1971 article
(click on article to enlarge)
Token and Matchbooks

A Review in 1973


Owner's Son: The Singing Waiter 1975
image - Chuckman Collection - 'gayest' mind you :)
a 1978 Chicago Tribune article
(click on article to enlarge)
Ravenswood Lake View Community Collection date unknown

waiting for demolition - bank rehabbed 
 once located next the Citizens State Bank of Chicago
1989 photo - Robert Krueger Collection
Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
A Testimonial 
'I remember. It was a Saturday afternoon in January, 1976. The bartending school sent me to apply for a job at Matt Igler's. I sat at the bar with Matt Pimperl Sr., a kind and friendly gentleman who hired me to begin working that night. That first night I heard a marvelous singing voice coming from the dining area - the lead bartender said it was the owner's son. Little did I realize that night that I would produce several recordings with and featuring Matt Jr. in Hollywood with Grammy winner Jimmie Haskell and even book Matt at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. I have since produced a number of famous recording artists including Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and Jeannie Kendall (of The Kendalls), but I look back both thankfully and in bittersweet regret that I wasn't able to help make Matt a star. He certainly had the voice and charasma.'- Mike Stults via Flickr
photos - WayOutWardell via Flickr
'Mathias Igler sold the restaurant to Matt & Loretta Pimperl in the 1950's and retired to Florida. It was closed for some time before being demolished in the mid-1990's'- WayOutWardell
Gate of Horn on Broadway
part of my personal collection
sheet 1

 sheet 2


sheet 3


Ann Sather Restaurant
Swedish style 
925 Belmont - first location
1960 postcard - Chuckman 
first location at 925 W Belmont Avenue
1962 menu - Chuckman Collection 
matchboxes - Ebay
photo - 'East Lake View' by Matthew Nickerson
‘[It began with] Johannsen`s Swedish Diner or Johannsen`s or the Swedish Diner. And just after World War II, either the Johannsens or the owners of the Swedish Diner wanted out of the restaurant business in order to move back to Sweden. Enter Ann Sather (pronounced SAY-ther not SA-ther as in Sally). Sather was not Swedish but a Norwegian American from South Dakota who had worked for 22 years as an order taker for a Chicago meat company. Single, approaching 40 and determined to take on a new adventure, she scraped together her life savings and purchased the Swedish Diner for $4,000. By 1955, she moved the restaurant a few doors from the original location and changed the name to Ann Sather`s. In the winter of 1980, however, Ann Sather`s cook of 29 years retired. And Sather, now in her seventies, was ready to call it quits, too. The only problem was that she was determined only to sell to someone who would make sure that the motherly spirit of the place would survive'. 
- Read more from this Chicago Tribune article from the title link above. 
 images - Ebay
 the second location a few doors down
images - Ebay
'The Travel Show', BBC Two,15 Aug 1996
From LakeView Historical-Facebook contributor Susan Reibman Groff 
matchbook - Ebay
The first location was just east of the second
this item was bought in 1996
now part of my collection
2005 photo - Wibiti.com
Mike Y. via Yelp 2015
Melissa M. via Yelp 2015
Grace G. via Yelp 2014
Emily F. via Yelp 2014
Cranberry bread
photo - Jose E via Yelp 2013
View this 2009 You Tube video
'For 30 years Ann Sather ran the diner herself. Her devotion to wholesome, made-from-scratch food, low prices and hard work became legendary in the Lake View neighborhood…and beyond.  Ann sold the restaurant to Tom Tunney, a 24 year old graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Tom apprenticed with Ann for a year learning the business from top to bottom. Tom, a south-side Irish lad with French culinary training, was learning all of the best Scandinavian cooking secrets in town.'
Bill M. via Yelp
 A.S.V via Yelp
Bill M. via Yelp
Mr., now alderman, Tunney`s first order of business was to buy a bigger place, moving to a building just down the street that formerly housed a funeral home. He expanded the seating to 350, up from 80, and added a whole new floor, with meeting rooms and more seating."We were successful from the first day”, he mentioned. “We carried on the tradition of the original restaurant-home-baked goods that included the legendary cinnamon rolls.” As of 1986 at the age of 82, Ann Sather would volunteer to help out in her former restaurant by advising the owner on a thing or two and helping out behind the register. -Chicago Tribune
first floor - A.V.S. via Yelp
and second floor - unknown source & year
2014 menu photo - Peggy S. via Yelp
Once a funeral home ...
former a funeral home called Hursen
photo - Gay Chicago via Chicago Pride
the latest location at 909 W Belmont
photo - Howard L via Yelp
and on Broadway ...
Uptown K via Yelp 2008
Tricia D via Yelp 2009 above
Ed U.via Yelp 2007 below
The Ivanhoe Restaurant/Playhouse 
a blend of a dining with live theater 
and more about it in my 'Theater Past' post
postcard - Chuckman Collection
a 1939 advertisement within a Wrigley Field offical program 
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance map
with a current biz overlay as of 2020
while the stores across Clark were replaceed by a strip mall
a zoomed view below
(the yellow area indicated more than one floor?)
images via Ebay


postcards from my collection
photo - Judy Miller/owner when she was a visitor!
creamer pitcher and saucer plate
from my collection
this oval dish is part of my collection
photo - Ebay
This  plate contains the characters of the book - Ivanhoe, Rebecca, The Templar, Wamba, Coeur De Lion, and Lady Rowena
a Drink Coaster - Ebay
Set of Drink Sticks
part of my collection
A Menu Mailer

1955 photo - Chuckman Collection
1956 Chicago Tribune ad
tokens - Chuckman Collection
 image - Ebay
and the outside courtyard
Gastis (Swedish) Restaurant
postcard - Ebay
 matchbook - Ebay

Marigold Bakery & Coffee Shop
Broadway & Grace
postcard - Chuckman Collection
near the now long gone Bismarck Gardens 
and the Chateau Theater building - both establishments are mentioned within other posts
1625 W Irving Park Road
1985 photo - Chicago Public Library
'Lonnie Simmons, 76 and playing strong, rides high above his Yamaha organ at Biasetti's Steak House. It's a Thursday night at the neighborhood restaurant-bar on Irving Park Road near Ashland. The air is thick with the smell of char-grilled steaks, live cigarettes, and powerful perfume.' - Reader 1991
image - Chuckman Collection
image - Ebay
closed in 2006
Testimonies on News that it closed
“I've had a lot of fun and good food over the years at Biasetti's. The staff and the surroundings made you feel welcome and relaxed. (A heavy hand with the pour helped too). Buddy the bartender, Stan (and before Stan, the late Lonnie Simmons), along with the 20 and 30 year serving waitstaff ensured a good time. Alas, in 2001 the longtime owners, the Ko Family. sold the business. By this time, the place had become pretty run down. The new owner made the changes he did, primarily to clean up the place and pass the various codes imposed upon a new owner. This owner hired Larry Tucker (N and N Smokehouse.) as his chef and merely tweaked the menu. Business was good. Then I moved away and didn't come back for a while. When I did return, the latest owner made a number of bad moves that pretty much sealed the fate. Why, for example, would an owner change the decades old recipe for the ribs. Like them or not, the place sold 25 to 30 cases of ribs per week according to the broiler chef (another multi-decade vet). So, I'll miss Biasetti's, the old Biasetti's, and wish the ex-employees well.” 
- from Thick
1986 photo - Chicago Public via Explore Chicago Collection
“Well this would be tragically sad if true...but unfortunately, they really brought it on themselves...new owners totally obliterated everything that gave it it's kitschy charm, and replaced with the typical Bennigan's style decor... plus raised prices enormously.....made my blood boil when I saw what they did....used to be 90 minute waits for tables on Sat. night....now, you can just breeze right in to a half empty restaurant. The one and only reason we still went occasionally is to hang with Stan Zimmerman, the long time bar organ player...what a great character...and of course Bonnie the hostess (and RIP Buddy the Bartender)..
I will mourn it's loss for these very very nice people” 
- from Park LaBrea
J.J. Goody's
My source: LVHC contributor Maleah Jo Bataoel 
via a Chicago Tribune newspaper
Victorian House Restaurant
matchbook - Ebay
A Story About It ...
June 6, 1976 Chicago Tribune: Places
by Lynn Van Matre via 
LakeView Historical contributor Susan  Riebman Groff
“The wooden gargoyles at the door of the main dining room once graced the Pullman mansion; the mammoth mirror in the womens washroom came from the Shedd mansion; and the fireplace originally warmed the Admiral Dewey family digs on Astor Street. Almost all the furnishings, in fact, at the recently opened Victorian House Restaurant are Chicago relics, circa 1890-1910.
Nouveau restaurateurs Al Morlock, Alan Quaritsch, and Richard A. Bobbitt have been collecting bits and pieces of Chicago Victoriana for the last 15 years, buying most of their treasures from wrecking crews who razed Chicago's- old homes and mansions. When they decided to make their antiques the pieces de resistance of a restaurant, it took them a year to transform an old building at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street (once the site of the Busy Bee Tavern) into a showplace.
Twenty Tiffany-type lamps, which Morlock got for around $125 each a dozen years ago (now the going rate is $1,500 to $2,000 apiece), hang from the ceiling. Stained glass abounds. Victorian clocks ring the walls. They all work, as does a nickelodeon in the main dining area - though inflation has driven the price of hearing such ditties as "Dizzy Fingers" or "Sweet Georgia Brown" up to 25 cents. The red leather-look booths in two of the dining rooms, truth be told, aren't antiques. But Morlock hastens to point out that they were designed by the man who put together a Victorian restaurant for the 1933 Century of Progress. 
None of the three partners had any previous restaurant experience. Morlock and Quaritsch own Victorian House Antiques, next door to the restaurant, and they divide their time between the two ventures. Bobbitt, who had been a stockbroker for 20 years, wrote much of the humorous copy for the food and drink menus. The names of most drinks, sandwiches, soups, and entrees come from either Chicago history or the Victorian era. A Tittany Salad ($4.25), with shrimp or crabmeat, is a meal in itself. The Queen Victoria ($7.95) is a pair of beef filets; and batter-fried mushrooms ($1) are called Bachelor's Buttons. Baked trout ($5.75), veal parmesan ($4.75), and chicken ($5.25) dinners are also available. Couples can pitch woo over a Victorian Love Seat ($3), which includes , bread, and wine for two. A Sunday brunch menu and a garden dining area with plants and wicker furniture are planned.
Specialty drinks, dispensed from a 40-foot oak bar IR by tulip lamps, go for $1.75 each. They run to such whimsies as the Everleigh Sisters, a Double Manhattan with two cherries, named for the proprietors of a prominent bor- dello. A draft beer with a shot of whisky goes by the name Capt'n Streeler, and the Queen Herself (Victoria, that Is) combines Amaretto, peaches, and cream. There's also a supply of fresh pastries. The three owners say they re-learning fast about the restaurant business. "About the only problem we have had so far," says Morlock, "was when a drunk staggered in here one night and fell over a plant. He couldn't figure out what happened to the old Busy Bee."
A Review in 1978
Cooperative Temperance/Idrott Cafe
3206 N Wilton Avenue

In 1913 a Chicago group composed of 75 young Swedes opened a cafe and club known as Idrott, Swedish for word-sport, on Wilton Avenue just north of Belmont Avenue. The organization existed to promote temperance and athletics as well as to provide a place for Swedish immigrants to speak and read in the native language while in the new country. The building was demolished to make room the expanded Belmont Elevated Station in 2005.
Liederman's Rendezvous Cafe
Once located on the northeast corner of Diversey & Broadway 

postcard below - Chuckman Collection
“According to the publication ‘That Toddlin Town, Chicago White Dance bands from 1900-1950’, the Rienzi Hotel occupied the site of Reinzi. On the second floor of the Reinzi, was a dance club that went thru a series of name changes in three decades. In 1923, a former manager of the Green Mill opened the Rendezvous. In 1928, the Rendezvous was padlocked by Federal Agents and shut down for a year. The Rendezvous reopened as the Alladin, and then in the late 30's became the Famous Door. It became the Paddock Club in the 40's, The building was torn down in the late 80's to make way for the high rise condo.” - Forgotten Chicago

Upon further research I learned that if the establishment was located in the original Rieza Café building on the northeast corner of Diversey and Broadway the Rendezvous Café must have been located in the demolished and for several decades now, the Curtis Building - same corner.
Cornelia Lounge & Restaurant 
3458 N Southport
image - Ebay
Aquarium Cafe
2014 view
 image - Ebay
photo below - Art Institute of Chicago 
via Explore Chicago Collection
according to Redfin built in 1911
Raided in 1931
Aquarium Social Club

The Owner is Shot in 1932

Desert Inn
514 W Diversey Parkway
The Chicagoan
Beau Monde
 519 W Diversey Parkway
The name of this restaurant meant 
'the world of high society and fashion'

 Bel-Ray Restaurant
1201 1/2 W Belmont Avenue
image - Chuckman Collection 
The Belmont Lounge
 1638 W Belmont Avenue
image - Chuckman Collection 
 George's Restaurant 
2873 N Broadway
image - Chuckman Collection 
 Yacht Harbor Cocktail Lounge
3169 N Broadway
 image - Chuckman Collection 
 Paddock Cocktail Lounge
2827 N Broadway
images - Chuckman Collection 
Marty's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
936 Diversey Parkway
Marty's was located east of the old Ravenswood
elevated line now the Brownline. 
It had three dining rooms & one bar
1944 postcard - Ebay
Sheridan Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
A once cent postcard meant a date prior to 1958
The postcard caption reads  'Thirty Years of Service' 
images - Ebay
Located on Sheridan Road next to the CTA Redline presently called the Sheridan 'L' Lounge 
photo - Kevin Klima via Esty 2014
Wellington Inn
2009 view - Google Maps
 Hollywood Restaurant & Barbecue
Old Hickory Inn
1940's ? menu cover & matchbook - Ebay
3129 Broadway
Grandma's Receipts
The host was William Beck with chef Fred Wasser 
photos - Chicago History in Postcards
Johnny's Restaurant
1960 photo - Chuckman Collection
Ricky's Restaurant
3181 N Broadway
part 2

Barbara Jean Rogers, a former resident and a contributor to my Facebook page LakeView Historical mentioned that “Ricky's was a deli/restaurant owned by the Melman family and named after their son, Richard (Ricky), who grew up to create Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, beginning with his first restaurant, R.J. Grunt's, in Lincoln Park in 1971.”
 a 1981 article about the place

Isbell's on Diversey Parkway
east of Broadway
must have been inside the demolished Hotel Rienzi
Hotel Rienzi ranged from 558-608 W Diversey Parkway
all photos - Ebay
another matchbook and the other location
all matchbook images- Ebay
In 1934, the two established entrepreneurs and brothers Marion and James Isbell (p.2 only) opened their first Isbell’s restaurant on 590 Diversey Parkway near Cambridge Avenue, emphasizing good service and a variety of quality foods at reasonable prices. Over the next eight years, Marion opened an additional 9 restaurants and cocktail lounges under the same concept, and attracted a great deal of attention in the local press for the numbers of customers that routinely lined the streets to acquire a table. 

photos - Ebay
"Marion Isbell (owner) would later go on to become a leading personality in restaurant management, including various directorships and President of the National Restaurant Association. He began selling off his interests in his restaurants in 1946 and would later form the Ramada Inn chain."' – Restaurant Ware Collectors Network
                                   from the farm to the plate
image - Chuckman Collection
Here are two reviews:
The 1937 Review from Chicago History Museum:
"a 1937 Thanksgiving menu from Isbell’s at 590 Diversey Parkway. Diners had their choice of appetizers, soups, main course, drinks, sides, and dessert all for $1.35. If a whole turkey was included (for parties of six or more), the price went up to $2.00. Selections included “Half Florida Grapefruit, Maraschino,” “Roast Young Pig with Cinnamon Glaced [sic] Apples,” and “Thanksgiving Ice Cream.”
The 1947 Review from 'Where to Eat and Sleep in Chicagoland' by Marie Pedderson via Forgotten Chicago website: "Isbell's, 940 N Rush St, 950 W Diversey Parkway, and 1435 E Hyde Park Blvd. Take your choice of either of these fine restaurants. You will not be disappointed I am sure. the one on Rush St is, I believe, the best for atmosphere. However, in all of them you will be served with the choicest of quality foods. Everything is neat and clean. They specialize in chicken, ribs, and charcoal broiled steak. Daily, 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM. Lunch 60 cents up. Dinner $1.00 up with ACL [air-conditioned, liquor served]."
De Lux Restaurant
Sportsman Tap
3201 N Clark Street
quarter sized token - images Ebay
The Cubby Bear Pizza
still located on Addison & Clark
a 1980ish photo of it along Addison
L' Escargot
2950 N Halsted Street
Established again in 1983 after a fired destroyed in 1979
'L’Escargot actually had the look and the feel of a real French ‘’restaurant de province’’ with the long wooden bar and its beautiful vases of fresh flowers, banquettes with wooden trimmings and coat hooks, comfortable booths, tables covered with white cloths and nice silverware , framed posters and Paris street signs on the walls. The quality of the welcome by the host and dining room staff and of the service was also very French , relaxed but professional. It was the opposite of a stuffy New-York style fancy French restaurant...'
- French Vitual Cafe
A new restaurant in New Town
(click on article to enlarge)
 images - Ebay
Their Return in 1983

2nd column
The Chef dies in 1985
The Melrose Restaurant:
the location saga
 located on the southeast corner of Melrose & Broadway
 2009 photo - Aaron B via Yelp
The Corner has a History 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
1940's photo - Art Institute of Chicago
Cheap Eats at Melrose in 1987
and a gay friendly place after the bars closed 
Their had another location in the 1980's
matchbook via David Ehrlicher
Discovery Uncovered
2005 photo - A.V.S. via Yelp
The owner of the restaurant needed a new canopy from the landlord due to a storm that damaged the existing one in 2013.
Mark2400 via Flickr
Neons signs were underneath the canopy that had torn
2014 - Yesper H via Yelp
the precursor to Melrose was a restaurant called Open Hearth
and apparently the neons belonged to it.
2015 photo - Mark S via Yelp
2015 below photo - Josh P via Yelp

photo - Yelp via Ed U.
2012 photo - Yelp via E.P.

photo - Yelp via Roxanne A.
photo - Yelp via Yanno O.
The Melrose, 3233 N. Broadway was popular after Boystown bars closed and a community beacon supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and other events. Beyond the typical dependable diner fare, it was also a very welcoming spot for local families, late-night revelers, and everyone else in between.  Read more from Chicago Eater 
 Wheel-A-Round Restaurant
currently Stella's
photo via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Belmont Grill
apparently on the corner of Wilton & Belmont Avenue?
photo - GinaHogston via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Tony's on Broadway
located on the northwest corner of Broadway & Cornelia
noted for its hamburgers and tamales 
 photos via Susan Reibman Groff 
Little Bucharest Restaurant
1989 photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
view the evolution of this building space with Google maps
The Filipiniana Restaurant 
 1989 - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Moti Mahal
 former Indian Gifts and Food 1990's?
The 'Mi Tierra' has had a building evolution as well
 Kristine Henson via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook 
Dinkel's Bakery
pic history 
and still baking the pastries since 1922
unknown date and source
Join the conversation from
 Forgotten Chicago on Facebook 1995 photo
and the conversion from this photo
and more from Flickr
Mesopotamia Restaurant
1467 Montrose Avenue
 Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago 

Robert Krueger 1990 photos 
Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago 
When a CTA Station Expanded
some establishments had to go
The Tiny Lounge 
1814 W Addison Street
1999-2009 at this location
'Colleen Flaherty opened the first Tiny Lounge in a former dive bar called Giannini’s Tap under the Brown Line tracks at Addison Street in 1999. It was described as a grandpa spot where folks would sip cheap beer while watching a Bears game. A year later, Mark Johnson joined Flaherty in a management capacity and ultimately became her business partner. “That original bar, it was from the 1940's and it had this really art deco feel,” Johnson said. Tiny Lounge would be in the former Giannini’s until 2006, when the Addison Brown Line CTA Station expansion led to the building’s demolition.'
Like, a handful of half-circle booths in midnight-blue leather and a gorgeous vintage wood bar that sat maybe 10. And a weird back room with a couple seats where people made out. The dark, charming drinking den closed in 2006 after the CTA bought the land for the new Addison Brown Line station. On the other side of the tracks was the Cork Lounge
Cork Lounge photo below - Chicago Bar Project
3206 N Wilton Avenue
once a Swedish social organization called
Cooperative Temperance Cafe  
Categories: Billiards & Pool Halls, Bars & Clubs, Bars & Pubs, Nightclubs, Billiards Bars, Sports Bars, Restaurants
Featured: 21 & Over, Live Music
Bar & Club Type of Music: Rock & Pop
Payment Methods: Cash 

Prom played at the Links in 2002
The Nadas played at the Links in 2002

A Review from YellowBot
'This giant, two-story sports bar features live music on the weekends, tons of TVs, and every bar game imaginable. Try out the shuffleboard or pop-a-shot, or have some cheap food from the kitchen. And do not miss Thursday nights, when $1 beer is available. There are private party rooms available as well. Cover varies depending on what band is playing.'
also in the same building Bottom Lounge
This concert hall moved in 2005 just like the Tiny Lounge due to the Brownline renovation project. It is currently located on Lake Street in the Loop. One of the music groups 
to visit this hall was the Fire Theft.
Johnny's Lounge on Lincoln Avenue
photo - Ms Anthro P. via Yelp! 2008
"Johnnie's is one of those old-school neighborhood taverns, of which so few remain. When you walk up to the bar, Johnnie himself has to buzz you in at the door (if he is awake). One time, I walked up to Johnnie's and he was perched silently in the window, waiting for patrons. It was a bit creepy, with his face partially illuminated from the neon DAB and Miller Lite sign. Initially, I was a bit nervous regarding potential clientele, but as it turned out, Johnnie's was filled with younger neighborhood types like me that have taken a shine to Johnnie. When you walk in, you will see a very long bar to your left with upholstered edges, plenty of faux wood paneling, and lots of tables with cafeteria-style chairs. In the back, Johnnie's has a pool table with light askew and a curiously elevated seating area that serves as a DJ area when the place is used for private parties."
photo - JP. P. via Yelp! 2008
a picture of the owner, Johnnie
The closest Johnnie came to updating anything was the juke box, which worked on a completely random schedule. If I were to guess, about every five or six years, Johnnie would find a place that sold 45 records, and he would buy a handful and put them in the jukebox with no rhyme or reason. Johnnie took huge pride in keeping a clean bar. He even kept himself presentable, always wearing shirtsleeves and a Windsor-knotted tie, always held neatly with a silver tie clip. And despite being in his early 70's when I began frequenting the bar, he would open the bar seven nights a week and run it until closing time at 3am.
2016 photo - Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
"On a Saturday night, it may be just you, Johnny and [an episode of] Hollywood Squares. On the top of the pool table are opened envelopes and John’s reading glasses. One can hear a radiator ticking. Lonely ashtrays line the bar, each furnished with a faded pack of matches."
Cornelia's on Cornelia
750 W Cornelia Avenue
2017 Google Map view
Leona's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
1967 photo - Vanished Chicago-Facebook
the original location on Belmont
 from my collection
the new location below
images - Ebay 
photo- 44th ward master plan
photo - Yelp via Dee W
photo - Chris A via Yelp
photo - Chris A via Yelp
photo - Kristin D via Yelp
Loreliel C via Yelp
Jess F via Yelp
photo - their website
 Brian M via Yelp
Jenny N via Yelp
Caribou Coffee
 3 locations - Halsted, Clark, & Broadway
photo - JB via Yelp
photos - DNAinfo
once located at 3500 N Halsted Street - northwest corner and
3300 N Broadway - northwest corner referred as Cari-boy
photo - Kendall Thacker via Time Out
photo - Garry Albrecht
was known for the art of 'boy' watching 
photo - blushingpretty via Pinterest

and on east-side of Clark Street north of Wellington
photo - DNAinfo
photo - Yelp via Bill M.
 photo - Yelp via Gareth D


menu images - Menu Pages
photo - Restaurant Twitter Acct
Yelp Reviews 
Review #1 "This restaurant is closing for good tonight - February 28, 2014. I hope the owners - Amy Mark & family - read this review before their restaurant disappears from Yelp.
I've been a customer for more than 20 years. I used to live around the corner from you on Buckingham and would stop in weekly on my way home from work.  I watched your boys grow up as each of them took his turn behind the register.
Then I moved a few miles away and became an almost weekly delivery customer. In all that time, over all those years, you never messed up.  You never got a single order wrong, and you never had an off night.  Your food was reliably good, and was always a great value. I admit, I tried a bunch of other Chinese places over the years, especially after I moved.  But, I always came back to Mark's.  You were always my favorite. And here's my regret.  Over all those years, I never took the time to thank you.
Chester's Hamburger King
3435 N Sheffield Ave
'Everyone was welcome at Chester's and made to feel good. It was a place to drink coffee, read the paper, eat inexpensive and tasty grub, and run into people. A classic Chicago cross-over place, you would find cops, workers, healers and dealers, martial artists, radicals, hot rod mechanics, Cubs coaches and Cub fans, gang-bangers and community organizers -- white people, Latinos, Blacks, Japanese, and Native Americans.' - The Rag Blog
"More than 25 years ago, I lived three doors north of Hamburger King. That was when Chester still did the cooking. It was a total dump, with cracked formica tables, and Melmac plates. The food was not great, but it was tasty and cheap, and the joint was always crowded. I ate akatagawa for breakfast there almost every day. 
photo - WBEZ
As I recall, it was $1.85. The dinner specials were $2.25. Believe it or not, back then, south Wrigleyville was still a fairly desolate and dangerous area. There were not a lot of other dining choices (aside from the fortress-like Royal Palace Burger across the street in the triangle between Sheffield and Clark). Because of the cheap prices, a lot of homeless people, students, actors, musicians, artists, families, day laborers and seniors would eat at HK. In fact, if it weren't for Chester's, many of us probably would never have gotten a hot meal. No matter who they were, or what their lot in life, Chester always treated his customers with great respect. He also had a reputation for treating his employees well. He not only gave his waitresses health insurance, but each year he would close the place down and give everybody 2 weeks off with pay. Even then, that was amazing for a place of that size." - a customer
Bel-Port Liquors
A Biz with a Parrot
 once located 1362 W Belmont @ Southport
photo - LoopNet
photo - Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
keeping an eye on things
photo - DNAinfo
Some Hot Dog Joints
 Billy Boy 
3500 N Broadway Avenue
by photographer Patty Carroll 
1987- 88 via Ebay  
1017 W Irving Park Road

Murphy's Red Hots
1211 W Belmont Avenue

The interior view of its first year 1987
the owners probably mid 1990's
“Bill Murphy was a Chicago icon, with 30 years of hot dogging under his substantial belt, and his customer service skills are as sharply honed as his hot dog making” according to a 'Chicago Now' 2014 article and according to 'Serious Eats' “the hot dog alone guarantees Murphy's status as one of the premier stands in the city, which explains why I've never tried anything else. 
 photos - Saul Plambeck
'Since the mid-eighties, north side hot dog aficionados have had the opportunity to visit this nostalgic restaurant. Bill Murphy has created and nurtured a more hands-on sense for his business and the community. With his wife and daughters close by, Bill is able to get his business, family, and neighborhood activities all in one. With jumbo grilled polish sausages, hot dogs and a vast menu, Murphy’s is located just a few blocks from Wrigley Field.  It’s a great place to carry out from this true Chicago eatery when going to the ball game – as many fans continue to do.'  - Vienna Beef
The established closed in August 2018
The Clark Street Dog
3040 N Clark Street
  2  photos - Lake View Patch
These are now gone but not forgotten!
Franksville Restaruant 
zoomed view of canvas - Ebay 
Full view of canvass  - Ebay unknown artist
Sectional advertisements from Chicago Tribune

a patch - Ebay
 postcard - Ebay
Relish the Thought
3207 N Halsted Street
photo provided by Chicago Tribune

 owner Wiro ('Victor') Worrsangusilpa 
who was a immigrant from Thailand
“Stopped by after our walk-by of Wrigley Field and were wanting to try some Chicago hot dogs. We found this place pretty easily and were greeted by the owner/cook right away, he was such a nice and personable man. We ordered the 2 Chicago style dogs with fries special for $5.99 and also got 2 drinks, very decent prices for sure. We sat down with our drinks and then our food was ready pretty fast, too. The dogs were super good and the fries had a little batter on them and were perfectly crunchy. The owner chatted us up and made sure we were happy with our food. The place is a little hole in the wall, but I loved it. I'd be back again if in the area. It also wasn't too busy for a Saturday afternoon, just a few more people got their orders to go after we stopped in.” 
- a 2013 Yelp review via JoAnne L.

The Royal Palace
intersection of Clark/Newport
photo - 1989 Julia Baker, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
once located on the northwest intersection 
of Newport, Sheffield & Clark with a 2007 Google view
Dub L Dog 
3239 N Lincoln Avenue
2000 photo - Mark2400 via Flickriver
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And The Biggest Hot Dog Joint 
Wrigley Field
photo - Chicago Tribune 1938
View more photos from the Trib with this link!
both photos - Mark Reiner  1975-76
Living History of Illinois and Chicago
photo - William DeShazer Chicago Tribune 2013
below photo - SB Nation with article 2014
El Jardin 
 John Ortiz holding sign - late 1960's or early 70's
El Jardin South
1989 photo - Robert Krueger Collection, 
Chicago Public Library 
El Jardin North
Join the conversation
via LakeView Historical - Facebook
Harmony Grill
This establishment was owned by Scubas Tavern. This former residence converted to a commercial space was built in 1887. According to Chicago Cityscape the city issued a permit to demolish this building in 2017 to be replaced by a modern structure called 'Tied House'.
photos - Harmony Grill website 

810 W Diversey Parkway
One of the oldest continuous taverns in Chicago
Since 1933, Durkin's has held the oldest continuous beer license on the North Side of Chicago and it's incredible that the place has lasted even half that long. Durkin's used to be the bar where drunks would fall out the door at one in the afternoon, as they probably started drinking at breakfast. It was dark and dingy with yellowed stucco walls, dirty white tile floor, smudged tin ceiling, worn bar, and badly cut wooden siding. While the place was a dive, it was a good place to grab a burger, have a quiet pint, and chat with the bartender. 
 images - Yelp
"Durkin's history before that is best summed up in Dennis McCarthy's 'The Great Chicago Bar & Saloon Guide' (1985): "Before 1918, Durkin's was a restaurant, and from 1918 to 1933 it was 'Prohibition Willy's Speakeasy'. In 1933 Margaret Durkin became the proprietress, and she ran the place until 1974. When the present owners were remodeling in 1974, they stumbled on a secret room in the basement full of White Horse Scotch and Portuguese brandy, without government seals of course, and in pre-twist top bottles. In front there was a soda parlor, in the rear (where there's, to this day, a large back room covering 800 square feet), was Willie's Speakeasy." - Chicago Bar Project 
A Butcher Shop ...
 Paulina Meat Market
Still There!!
First located at 3352 N Paulina Avenue and then
3501 N Lincoln Avenue not gone nor forgotten either

'Owner Sigmund Lekan on April 26, 1976. Lekan opened the butcher shop in 1949, originally at 3352 N Paulina, and as business blossomed it expanded across 3 storefronts. In 1984, Paulina Meat Market moved to it's current location at 3501 N. Lincoln Avenue. Born on Chicago's Northwest Side to Polish immigrants, Lekan acquired a taste for his trade when he worked in a family friend's meat shop while a student at Lane Tech High School. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he set about founding a business that endures today'. Chicago Tribune.org via Mariana Nicasio, Historic Chicago - Facebook
making the sausage 
photo - Ravenswood Lake View Historical Association-Facebook via Paulina Meat Market
 new location at 3501 N Lincoln
1984 photos - Robert Krueger
A History with their Recipes 1992
(click on article to enlarge)

 page 2
photos - Facebook page 
The Paulina Butcher Process

1990 photos - Robert Krueger, Chicago Public Library
photo below - unknown source
Ricketts Restaurant and Bar
(Lincoln Park)
once located on Clark Street just south of Diversey Parkway 
on the east side of Clark
 No affiliation with the owner of the Cubs & Wrigley Field
 image - Chuckman Collection
 image - Chuckman Collection
image - CardBoard America

postcard above - Ebay 
image below - Loves Menu Art
The Farmer's Markets:
photo - Lake View Chamber of Commerce
 photo - Moss Design
 photo - Moss Design
 photo - DNAinfo
 photo - DNAinfo
photo - Windy City Cosmos
The Nettelhorst French Market
photo - Bensidoun USA
 photo - Bensidoun USA
photo - Bensidoun USA
photo - Dana K via Yelp
photo - Dana K via Yelp
photo - Bradley S via Yelp
Restaurant Menu's in 1986
(click on page to enlarge)
Chicago Epicure: a Menu Guide to the Chicago 
Area's Finest Restaurants
by Barbara Grunes & Barbara Revsine
book donated by Jackie Arreguin


Business Closures in 2015
(from DNAinfo via YouTube)
(link to Chamber of Commerce)

July 2020
Opening Lake View Eats

July 2020

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