Last week Roosevelt High School alum Jerry Alter posted a comment on the Albany Park, Chicago, group page Facebook about Maury Andes, who was the owner of Maury’s Red Hots in Albany Park. Although so many of you have remembered Maury’s in your comments on this blog, his story and photo were missing from these pages. No longer. Thanks to Jerry kindly agreeing to let me share his comment and photos, we’ve put things right.
Maury Andes is a Albany Park story not to be forgotten. Recently I came across his obituary and thought you might find it interesting. Mr Andes, one of Chicago’s most beloved restaurateurs, also known as the unofficial mayor of Albany Park, was the proprietor of Maury’s Red Hots, a snack shop he operated on Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park for 33 years. He was a counselor, adviser, political commentator and community statesman.
His store was the center of social and community activity for the neighborhood, especially for the students of Roosevelt and Von Stuben High Schools. Everyone in the neighborhood old and young alike , sought Maury’s advice and a Polish with fries. People continued to call Maury whenever they visited the area , and he was proud to be invited to more than one of Roosevelt High School’s class reunions. He also served on the board of directors at the Max Strauss and Henry Hart Jewish community centers.
Maury began his restaurant career in Albany Park in 1952, in a building affectionately known as The Shack. The restaurant then relocated to the corner of Lawrence and Lawndale in 1959, and finally moved to it’s final location at Lawrence and Central Park Avenue in 1972. His custumers followed him, and many visited him on a regular basis. His infectious smile and unconditional acceptance will be missed.
P.S. I took this picture of Maury myself and he was one hell of guy, and he truly is missed.
Jerry also shared this classic photograph, and here’s what he had to say about it: “This is a picture of the Maury’s Boys Baseball team that was taken in front of Maury’s on Lawndale and Lawrance in the summer of 1967. It was the only game we ever played as A Maurys Boys team, but we did win and Maury said this was his favorite picture and it hung in his restaurant for as long as I can remember. He once looked at the picture and said to me, “My boys,” and smiled !”
From front row, left to right: Marc Gurber, Keri Lyle (holding sign), Jerry Alter. Second row: Wayne Bacica (in crutches), Tommy Smith, Jimmy Satterfield, John Abramawitz. Back row: Dennis Neuhauser, Billy Abramowitz, Howie Shafran, Louie White.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-06-18/news/8502080767_1_hot-dogs-korean-businesses-kids Chicago Tribune article by Barbara Brotman, July 18, 1985.