I’m running a little behind on my year-end review, but what’s a few weeks when most my posts cover a Chicago neighborhood during the fifties and sixties? At least I’ve got some new photos to go with the most popular subjects of the past year.
Although readers loved photos of this neighborhood amusement park, they liked seeing the Shopper’s World sign in the background even more. I understand–but can’t explain–why the blue and yellow sign evokes such deep feelings.
How does everyone feel about another Kiddieland shot? That is frequent and much appreciated photo contributer Merle Citrin Monroe (center) riding a Kiddieland pony, with the Lincoln Village sign visible in the background.
Also puzzling is the fact that no one commented on my discovery of the connection between Roma’s Pizza (formerly of Sheffield and Webster) and Hollywood Kiddieland, but I thought it was amazing.
Chicago showman Oscar Brotman built the Tower Cabana Club in Hollywood Park for people who really knew how to live. Thanks to Ferne Slotky Berman for sharing her family’s photos. Her father, charming Joe Slotky, was the star of many a Tower Cabana theatrical.
This proved to be a far bigger topic than this blog can adequately cover. That’s why I’m launching a new website this year that will be devoted to the stories of former patients and staff of the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium. I’ll be going public soon.
How do you know if it’s Hollywood Park or North Park? For that matter any Chicago neighborhood’s boundaries are subject to endless debate.
I had a great time hanging out with the Jesters and A.D.O.s — some 40 years after the fact.
It’s not much in comparison with other Chicago neighborhood parks like Independence Park and River Park, but we loved it anyways.
I explored the area’s Swedish roots and hope to learn more this year or next. One of my discoveries was the Nordic Jewish group with a Facebook page. And they do have a member from Hollywood Park.
Lastly, thanks to Lake Claremont Press publisher Sharon Woodhouse, I receive comp copies of fascinating Chicago books to give away on this blog. Look for another giveaway as soon as I get my hands on the their latest title, The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats.