Before big supermarket chains took over, stores in my neighborhood specialized in one thing. On Bryn Mawr Avenue, our main commercial strip, for example, there was an egg store, a fruit and vegetable store, two fish stores and three Kosher butcher shops. (See my Bryn Mawr Hall of Fame for a complete listing.) Most Bryn Mawr Avenue shops, […]
This beautiful path was the last place seen by 740 Jews from the town of Stawiski, Poland.
Part 2 of Andy Romanoff’s account of his visit to Stawiski, Poland, the place his mother was born and spent the first years of her life.
Andy Romanoff shares photographs and thoughts on his journey to the town where his mother came from in rural Poland.
When Andy Romanoff neared thirteen he went to learn Hebrew at Shaare Tikvah, the big, new synagogue on Kimball Avenue. It was not a match made in heaven.
Andy Romanoff went back to Chicago last week. While he was there he visited Hollywood Park, his old neighborhood.
One hundred years ago, in March 1915, the city of Chicago opened its first public tuberculosis sanitarium on a 160-acre site bound by Bryn Mawr, Pulaski, Peterson and Central Park avenues. The 650-bed, 32-building facility was founded to provide treatment and long-term care at no cost to patients suffering from this highly infectious and sometimes fatal […]
Shelby Kanarish, wrote this comment in a previous blog post. It’s a great list and a great idea.
If you showed up in the Hollywood Park neighborhood after the great post-war building boom, as my family did, you would have missed the wide-open prairie landscape of Central Park Avenue.
While the Hollywood Park neighborhood on the North Side didn’t offer much in the way of Culture when I was growing up, a few blocks over on Lincoln Avenue what may have been one of the largest and best collections of neon signs in Chicago was always on display.