23 Memories of Hollywood Park

One of the readers of this blog, Shelby Kanarish, wrote this comment in a previous blog post. It’s a great list and a great idea.  Send in your lists and I’ll share them. Thanks, Shelby.


“Hi, I am Shelby Kanarish, also known as Peppy. I went to Peterson School and Von Steuben High School with David Criz and Eileen Feinberg. Your blog brings back some great fond memories.”


Eileen Feinberg in front of her parents’ business, the Hollywood Bowl, 1968.

1. I worked at Fader’s delivering food on my bike.
2. Worked at Gills Pharmacy at Bryn Mawr and Kimball as a soda jerk.. Made the best chocolate phosphates.
3. Lived at 5519 N. Spaulding from 1941 to 1959. Roberta Pines, Rickie Morris, Arnie Elman, Alan Myers, Mike Goodstein, Corky Fahlhaber(spelling?) and Chuckie Bosworth lived on the block. Barry Dermer lived on Sawyer. We would play ball on the street all the time. NO ONE EVER GOT HIT BY A CAR.

Bryn Mawr and Spaulding corner in Chicago

4. Loved the chocolate malts at Sandlers on Bryn Maw and Spaulding.
5. Had many meals at Tanyas on on north east side of Bryn Mawr and Spaulding.


6. Loved playing softball at Peterson School on the gravel.

7. Did dips and chin ups at Peterson School with Marshall Waldo and Howie Weinstein.


Hollywood Park, date unknown, prior to 1955. Courtesy Chicago Park District, Special Collections.

8. Played softball and football at Hollywood Park Had a great rock garden and pond.


9. Sat on steps with Roberta Rudy Kurtz on Christiana across from Peterson School. Great discussions and gossip
10. Took tap dancing at Charlotte and Harry Robbins studio on Bryn Mawr. I WAS A NERD.
11. Ate dinner at Brynwoods just west of Kedfzie on the north side of Bryn Mawr.
12. In the 40’s there was a trolly car on Kedzie


Congregation Shaare Tikvah B’nai Zion, 5800 N. Kimball. Courtesy Frederick J. Nachman.

13. Went to Share Tikvah Hebrew School 4 afternoons a week.
14. Had Bar Mitzvah at Share Tikvah in 1955

Peterson_School_playground 15. In the summer I would play at Peterson School playground from 9-5. PARENTS WERE PROBABLY GUILTY OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT.
16. Had Miss Reed in kindergarten and Mrs. Bolonsky(spelling) for several semesters.
17. Ice skating on Peterson Ave. east of Kedzie and McDonalds.

Hollywood Park McDonald's

Hollywood Park McDonald’s, June 1968 (c) Morrie Farbman

18. Saturday movies at the Terminal Theater on Lawrence Ave. When we got older, we went on Friday night.
19. My Aunt Mary Kanarish and Pippy Feldman owned the Hollywood Smart Shop.
20. Hitch hiked to Von from Bryn Mawr and Kimball. MORE CHILD ENDANGERMENT.
21. My father, Ozzie Kanarish, was a member of the Hollywood Park Fellowship Club on Bryn Mawr east of Spaulding.
22. My mother, Irene Kanarish, shopped at the Kosher butcher shop near the Hollywood Park Fellowship Club.
23. Went to the Dime Store on Bryn Mawr a lot

30 Responses to 23 Memories of Hollywood Park

  1. Bobby Leavitt January 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    I lived at 5711 Drake. I went to Peterson and Von until June 1964, when we moved to Lincolnwood…..I then transferred to Niles West and graduate in 1967.

    I remember so many thing, including Plotkins, the bakery on the corner of Christiana and Bryn Mawr, Lerner’s hot dogs, Whirly’s, the Hollywood Bowl ( loved the green rivers)…and of course, the fabulous Tong’s Tea Garden.

    Does anyone remember me?????

  2. Jan Kodner January 26, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Those of us who went to Solomon School had our own set of memories. In no order of importance:
    1) playing the stone game during recess–there were concrete dividing posts lined up parallel to the school. These had a little tunnel drilled through, end to end. We’d sit opposite each other and try to toss a pebble into the tunnel.
    2) Novelty Golf
    3) A.G. Beth Israel
    4) Lineball at A.G. Beth Israel
    5) Day camp at Solomon with softball on the asphalt every day and nok hockey indoors
    6) Poker games in the U between the wings of the school, hidden from the playground and street
    7) Henry’s
    8) The Bunny Hutch
    9) Bowling at Gabby Hartnett’s where, legend has it, a friend bowled 3 consecutive 124 games, added them up and divided by 3 to get his average
    10) Mal’s Pharmacy for the latest 12 cent comic books
    11) Mal’s Pharmacy for the bin of rubber baseballs
    12) Tackle football at the field behind the National or Red Owl on Devon and Crawford (Lincolnwood side) The gigantic cast iron gas pipes were the first down markers and caused broken bones in case of a collision
    13) Kiddieland
    14) Trampolines on Lincoln
    15) The Lincoln Village medical bldg elevator which could be stopped and opened between floors
    16) The bushes lining up Solomon School gave us great hiding places when we played hide and go seek tag (ringalevio or something like that)
    17) The rooftop of Solomon School, repository for countless rubber foul balls
    18) Crane’s Drugstore on Peterson, too far from my home but popular among the kids east of Lawndale
    19) The barbershop on Peterson (on the Hollywood park side) with the Playboys. Well worth crossing the border!
    20) The long stretch down Granville, from Kimball to Central Park or Ridgeway, where we could punch the accelerator and drive the adults crazy
    21) Foursquare in the playground at Solomon.
    22) Twosquare in the alley behind my home
    23) Living close enough to the school to rush home for Bozo and most of Let’s Make a Deal. The girl in our townhouse complex won the bike!

  3. Andy Romanoff January 26, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi Peppy (or Shelby),

    I lived up the block from you at 5637 N Spaulding, went to Peterson and spent time in many of the same hangouts. We were in class together at Peterson, after that I kinda drifted off and went to many high schools although I got through almost a year at Von…

    What a great memory you have. As I read I kept saying “oh yeah, that’s what that place was called”.

    I worked at Plotkins delivering prescriptions for twentyfive cents and tips.

    I also worked at theTV store across the street kitty corner from Plotkins – any chance you remember the name?

    Loved riding my bike up to Hollywood park, hated it when they made it “better” by taking out the rock garden.

    Hung out at McDonalds from the day they opened until they started calling the cops in to control the crowds

    Drank Green Rivers at the drug store on the Southwest corner of Spaulding and Bryn Mawr (name?)

    Played “War” in the new building that became the Jewell on the corner of Bryn Mawr and Spaulding. No one lost an eye…..although there was a kid a block north of us who lost an eye from a bow and arrow accident.

    Spent hours hanging around the front of “the Greeks, the tavern down at Bryn Mawr and Kedzie peeking at the nudist magazines hung on wires in the window

    Spent more hours in the library on Bryn Mawr

    Ate a lot of hot dogs at Reds on Foster

    Loved to eat dinner at Tanyas, still would if I could.

    Good days! Do you still live in Chicago?

  4. Frances Archer January 27, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Thanks Bobby for your comment.

  5. Frances Archer January 27, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    Jan, you’ve done well by Peterson Park. Next time I’m in the area I will take some photos to go with this great list.

  6. Frances Archer January 27, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Andy, can you believe I never tasted Green River. Always had “orange pop.” Very sweet as I recall. “The Greeks” was Nick, and from what I’ve heard, the drug store on that site is owned by his children or grandchildren or both.

  7. eugene schultz January 27, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    Spent most of my time in Albany Park, but enjoyed the ammenity’s of Hollywood Park, hanging out at McD’s and the park with Zaretsky, The Rock, Ronnie Smith, my cousins, the Berkowitz clan, and of course the Kimball and Lawrence boys. Baseball, Football, Basketball, cruising chicks and eating burgers. Gambling at Gabby Hartnett’s and other spots. Fun Time the50’s – 60’s.vLong may they live in our memories.

  8. Cary Chubin January 27, 2015 at 8:17 am #


    I remember you from Niles West. I didn’t know you were from Hollywood park and I’m sure you didn’t know I was from Albany park!

    Cary Chubin

  9. Bernie January 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    When I saw the name Kanarish, I knew that you had to be related to Mary Kanarish. When my family lived in Budlong Woods, my mother (and many of her friends) bought the needed dress, for weddings and/or Bar Mitzvahs, at the Hollywood Smart Shop. Since my grandmother lived on Kimball (near Hollywood), we frequented many of the shops on Bryn Mawr. I remember getting my feet fluoroscoped at Factor’s Shoe Store on many (too many!) occasions.

  10. ED SONKIN January 28, 2015 at 8:06 pm #




  11. Frances Archer January 30, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Ed — was the chop suey place you are thinking of Lee’s? They became Tong’s Tea Garden and opened west of Kimball on Bryn Mawr. About following the river up to Devon and Milwaukee — was there a path?

  12. howard korengold February 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Frances; I just had a random and irrelevant memory,i.e. At Von Steuben basketball games during the late 1940s and early 1950s, at 4:30 PM all of the Von Steuben student spectators stood up and sang”It’s Howdy Doody Time” The song was the theme song of a kids TV program which started at 4:30. Notwithstanding our efforts the game went on. The opposition spectators generally applauded.

  13. Frances Archer February 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    That was a different era!

  14. Howie Glantz February 24, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Mary Kanarish was my dad’s cousin, she and Max and son Ron lived on Francisco a few blocks south of Bryn Mawr. We lived on Bryn Mawr at 2913 from May 1950 until 1967. I moved in 1960 when I married my wife Toby. She was a cashier at Tanya’s. My Uncle Pete Weiss had a golf driving range indoor next to Tanya’s where the Woolworth Store had been.
    The path west of the river was called Devil’s Hill, was a favorite bike trail.

    1. In 1950-2 we hunted pheasant in the woods on the north side of Bryn Mawr at Francisco.
    2. I remember my Mother crying when they knocked down the 100 year old trees to clear the wooded area for construction across from our home.
    3. I played baseball in the campus of Stevenson Grammar School, but the competition was poor. I still went to Hibbard in Albany Park, graduating in June 1951. Then to Von rather than Amundsen. In those days you could sign yourself out of one school and go to another without your parents signature.
    4. I worked for my Dad installing heating and air conditioning in the new buildings along Bryn Mawr and about a quarter of the stores in Lincoln Village.
    5. We played 16″ baseball on the campus of Peterson School and used to work out on the high bar and parallel bar or play dice against the building.
    6. We had street fights at the corner of Kimball and Bryn Mawr on Halloween 1953 & 4.
    7. 1947 or 8 some one pushed a street car off the tracks into the field at Bryn Mawr & Kedzie when the conductor was drinking in the tavern on the South West Corner.
    8. 1950 one of the older guys took a bus from the barn on the east side of Kedzie and drove it down town, leaving it at State and Washington. He took the Outer Drive.
    9. We used to get fresh baked bagels from the bakery at Sawyer and Bryn Mawr. They sold them out the back door Saturday night. 13 in a bag still hot.
    10. Fader’s deli had the best smells. Was on the North side of Bryn Mawr at the dead end of Sawyer. Years later Elliott & Kramer Paint Store was there. Morry Elliott and Harry Kramer.
    11. My friends spent much of our time in Albany Park at Mitch’s Hot Dogs , Jules Mason’s pool room on Leland at Kedzie, Jake’s pool room on Lawrence around Lawndale, River Park, Eugene Field Park and Irving Park YMCA. Much of our time weightlifting and sports. We had a club of 33 called the Lil Gents. 28 went to collage.
    12. There was a tavern on Lawrence at Rockwell where the bartender was blind and we could get served.
    13 There was a night club on Filmor and Loomis where the music was Spanish and the crowed was mixed and the people were great fun. We could get served there too. We didn’t drink a lot but could have.
    14 could go on but maybe another time.

  15. Frances Archer March 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Thank you for your list, Howie.You cover a lot of ground in your list. The bar on the SW corner of Kedzie and Bryn Mawr — Henri’s?

  16. Howie Glantz March 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Only went into the bar to get the Sunday Papers. I don’t know who owned it.
    Bryn Mawr was jumping in the fifties between Kedzie and Kimball during the daytime.

  17. Paul Malevitz April 28, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    This message is for Bobby Leavitt in response to his post of Jan., 2015.

    I remember you from a class or two at Peterson. You were super friendly with a great sense of humor. We left the neighborhood for California after 6th grade. Best of luck to you,

    Paul Malevitz

  18. Marie field parsons towle December 31, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    OH BOY McDonalds! We lived just south of McD’s just in between the garage and dead end street – there were 2 houses – the Field family and the Whites – i must have been 9-10 or 11 between 1956, 57 or 58 when McDonalds was built and the Cabana – myself, my sister and cousin had our picture taken on the diving board in the wishing position – chins on our hands looking as if we were & actually did wish the Cabana would open shortly and was in the paper to booth! We rode our bikes almost everyday to McD’s to grab a 15 cent hamburger and 10 cent fry – what a great time – Thanks for reminding me about the “Greeks” have been thinking about it lately – couldn’t remember their name. Thanks for all your work, you do a great job with the pictures -what else do we have but memories, besides what’s happening NOW! Anyone remember the big department Community something as well as the donut shop across the street from Kiddieland – Kimble and I can remember the big cross street. Thanks again.

  19. Frances Archer December 31, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi, Marie and welcome to our community. Amy Joy was the donut shop. Community was the discount store, though I think it was called Shoppers World first.

  20. Jan Kodner December 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Amy Joy donuts. Now a synagogue.

  21. Paul Malevitz December 31, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    When we lived in Hollywood Park it was a treat for us when my parents stopped at Amy Joy on Lincoln just a little west of Kimball and brought home donuts. FYI, I was surprised to learn after moving to California in 1961 that Chicago is the only place in the country where red-jelly donuts are called “bismarks.”

  22. Frances Archer January 1, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    Hi, Jan! I always think its funny that the post for the Amy Joy sign remains.

  23. Frances Archer January 1, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    Paul, I didn’t know that about bismarks. Thanks for stopping by.

  24. Richard Cohen April 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

    Andy, it’s probably mentioned elsewhere on the blog, but in answer to your question, the drugstore on the Southwest corner of BrynMawr and Spaulding was Sandlers. Small store with a soda fountain where I got my cherry cokes, chocolate phosses, and an occasional ice cream soda. They had a wide comic book rack near to the ground on the Spaulding side of the store, with a large window behind it. They also had a revolving paperback book rack, where I bought most of my science fiction books. The only store I remember kiddy-corner from Plotkins was a dry cleaners, which I believe is still there. Perhaps the store where you worked was next-door to the cleaners?

    Say hi to Larry (lost the address you furnished earlier).


  25. Andy Romanoff April 19, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks Richard, Ahh yes, Sandlers and nicely described. My memory is that the TV place was on the corner before the cleaners was there but I may be mistaken. One of these days i’m going to hunt down a 1955 Yellow Pages and search through it. I’ll say hi to larry next week, I’m headed down to Palm Springs for a night or two.

  26. Richard Cohen April 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    I know you’ve been searching for the name of that TV store for awhile now. If my memory serves, you may have to go pre-1955, if the TV store predates the location of the cleaners. If you ever find the name and location of the TV store, let me know; I’ve become curious of the answer myself. Send Larry my best.


  27. Richard Cohen April 19, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    Andy, I was just looking at the Bryn Mawr Business Hall of Fame list, and found the following:
    “Hollywood Park Radio & TV and Record Shop, 3255 W. Bryn Mawr. Owned by the Levins, son Howard was in the class of ’66 at Von.” This address would seem to be near the corner of Christiana and Bryn Mawr where you remember working. Could this be the right place?

  28. Andy Romanoff April 19, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    No, this is a little store about a block east on the one I worked for. Thanks though.

  29. Bernice C. Teifeld April 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    Shelby Kanarish–We’re kinda related but not quite. My aunt and uncle were Molly and Julius Zuckerman. I believe Molly was your dad’s aunt. Julius was my mother’s brother.

    Your parents were marvelous dancers. They would have given the pros on Dancing with the Stars pointers when it comes to the dances of the ’20s.

    I’m writing an article about Albany Park where we lived from l923 till 1933. I go thru the reminicesses (?) to refresh my memory and came across your last name. Had to tell you about them.
    Bernice C. Teifeld

  30. Frances Archer April 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Bernice, thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to reading your article about Albany Park. Let us known if and when you want to share it.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes