Please join me for a look back at the history of Von Steuben High School as one of Chicago’s famed “Jewish high schools.” I’ll be retelling some of the fabulous stories I’ve heard from you — readers of this blog — and the photographs you’ve shared. Starting with the opening of the school as a junior high school […]
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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.
In case you’ve missed the email that’s been circulating about this event, here are the details. Von Steuben and Roosevelt High School grads are invited to Max and Benny’s Restaurant, 461 Waukegan Road in Northbrook, on Monday evening, September 30, for an evening of fun and reconnection with friends. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. […]
Tickets now available for the all-years reunion at Von Steuben on October 12, 2012. Doors to the auditorium at the north end of the building open at 7 pm and stay open until 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 each. You can buy a ticket online now at the Von Steuben Alumni Association website or you […]
Howard Glantz, regular contributor to this blog, asked me to help spread the word about the upcoming 75th birthday celebration for Von Steuben’s January and June 1955 classes. If you know other members of the ’55 class, please tell them about the event. Knowing Howard, this will be a great time. When: July 21, 2012 Where: Mission […]
We came to Von Steuben Alumni Day with our memories and hindsight knowledge and expertise in an astonishing range of fields. Yet, it came down to this: the most popular question was, did the boys really have to swim naked?
It took a while, but self-described vinyl junkie and Roosevelt High School alum Mike Wolstein tracked down which Chicago public school was memorialized in rock and roll history.
From Montrose to Peterson, Kedzie to Pulaski and far beyond, generations of Chicago kids knew Ned Singer’s Sports.
It’s not New York, it’s not a diner, it’s not an image of urban loneliness, but Allan Zirlin’s photograph of Segal’s Shoes at the corner Lawrence and Sawyer reminds me of Edward Hopper’s painting, Nighthawks. Zirlin shot this photograph out a car window sometime in the 1950s.
Recently I met photographer Jerry Pritikin, who grew up in Chicago during the ’40s and ’50s. Even though he attended Von Steuben High School about 20 years before I did, we remember many of the same neighborhood institutions and landmarks.