Author Archive | Frances Archer

Andy Nguyen

Champions of Albany Park

For decades, the building that housed the former Deborah Boys Club on Kimball and Ainslie was home to the Albany Park Community Center (APCC), an organization that carried on Deborah’s mission to support the community through social services. Recently, APCC consolidated all its programming into another landmark Albany Park building, the former location of Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, […]

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Goodbye to a Neighborhood Landmark

WTTW has posted a video segment about Bill Tong and his family, who owned Hollywood Park’s long-lived Chinese restaurant Tong’s Tea Garden, located at 3411 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Bill’s mother still lives in the apartment above the restaurant, where Bill and his sister, Dolly, grew up. They no longer own the restaurant, now called Hunan […]

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Lincoln Village Shopping Center Revisited

Thanks to contributor Chris for pointing me in the direction of these classic Lincoln Village images. They can be found on the Andrew Dunham’s blog , which is a treasure trove of mostly Skokie photographs dated 1970-75, photographer unknown.   Bain Hardware on the left-hand side was an early tenant; they are listed in a June 21, […]

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Cooper & Cooper

Looking for Albany Park Photographs

Here’s a photo request from Andy Romanoff, who has contributed to this blog on many occasions in both posts and comments. Hi all, I’ve written stories about Albany Park before.  You may have already read some of them: Albany Park Cool, Bob & Ikey’s Wedding, and Ghost Chicago: Looking for Things No Longer Here. I’m writing […]

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Hibbard centennial

Hibbard School Celebrates 100 Years

All Hibbard alumni are welcome to come back to their roots and remember golden times. A short program will feature alumni remembrances and a musical performance by a group of Hibbard students. The building will be open for tours and connecting with old friends. Stories, laughter and cherished memories guaranteed. If you wish to make […]

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Roosvelt Jovens

Where are they now — the Roosevelt Jovens

Top row left to right: Mike Minsky, Elliot Kalina, Jerry Lazar, Lenny Nachbin, Marty Hordetsky, Kenny Keer, Larry Beck, Al Goodman, Shelly Chaplik. Middle row: Gary Silverman, Woody Wallace, Al Levy, Richie Feldman, Gary Morgan, Stu Fishman, Paul schrager, Gene Jackson. Bottom row: Al sperling, Arnie Bernard, Mike Lowy, Jerry Handel, Herb Singer, Albie Wagner […]

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Can you smell the salami?

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, […]

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