Growing up in the Ridge

Growing up in the Ridge

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Laura B

Midlothian, IL

#1 Jan 1, 2011
Man Chi Ridge has changed so much unfluckin real I remember the prarie where freedom park is had some good 420 times there. Comminity, the drive inn wasnt there some slides and go karts there too. How about the big green building on 111th was an ice cream place heard it was also a hooker hole.Drumstick is it still there? 10652 S Moody my girls house some great times.Oh well those were the days
Chicago Ridge

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 1, 2011
I remember the old Zayre department store on 111th, beyond the rail-road tracks. The tracks are now a viaduct, and Zayre some sort of town-homes. That was the worst department store in the world, with the saddest little "restaurant." At the beginning, they even had a grocery store at the back. A real low-rent establishment, but If my time-machine were still working, I would go back in a Zayre minute! Those big letters out front were really something. And the trash inside after the Christmas rush. Who knows, maybe its still out there somewhere, in some sad department store heaven in the sky.
~It's late! I'm beginning to write like Raymond Chandler!
Laura B

Midlothian, IL

#3 Jan 1, 2011
was there a korvettes where kmart is.
Chicago Ridge

Chicago, IL

#4 Jan 1, 2011
There was something there. The name "Topps" pops into my head, but this is probably wrong. There was a korvettes further north. It had giant escalators, and a whole upper level with tropical fish-tanks. Somewhere in Oak Lawn. It was there as early as 1966. I remember the electric trains in the toy section.
no ridger

United States

#5 Jan 2, 2011
Chicago Ridge wrote:
There was something there. The name "Topps" pops into my head, but this is probably wrong. There was a korvettes further north. It had giant escalators, and a whole upper level with tropical fish-tanks. Somewhere in Oak Lawn. It was there as early as 1966. I remember the electric trains in the toy section.
...and what color was the covered wagon, old timer?
Laura B

Midlothian, IL

#7 Jan 2, 2011
voter wrote:
<quoted text>I do remember the good times at Jamie and Patty's house
Yes indeed good memories no regrets well maybe one doing shots of cheap ass vodka one day when we ditched school to this day wont touch vodka oh yea one more rock and rye one new years eve my poor girl got hit in the head with a frying pan sorry bout that P.A.
Thoughts

Palos Hills, IL

#8 Jan 2, 2011
Laura B wrote:
was there a korvettes where kmart is.
To my knowledge the Catholic Church owned all the property, south of where Richards is now. All the way back & behind Zayre. There was some dirt road trails back there. You could walk the trails to Zayre. Where KMart is now, a new building was buit. It was The Treasury in about 1973. It was owned by JC Penny's. It was Department store, Food Store, Snack Bar & Cafeteria. I still miss Verns!
Thoughts

Palos Hills, IL

#9 Jan 2, 2011
Chicago Ridge wrote:
I remember the old Zayre department store on 111th, beyond the rail-road tracks. The tracks are now a viaduct, and Zayre some sort of town-homes. That was the worst department store in the world, with the saddest little "restaurant." At the beginning, they even had a grocery store at the back. A real low-rent establishment, but If my time-machine were still working, I would go back in a Zayre minute! Those big letters out front were really something. And the trash inside after the Christmas rush. Who knows, maybe its still out there somewhere, in some sad department store heaven in the sky.
~It's late! I'm beginning to write like Raymond Chandler!
I have to laugh, Oh yes the Trash and snow & mud in the store after & during Christmas. My Mom had to do some last minute Christmas shopping. We got the last parking space in the lot, almost on 111th, under the sign. That's how packed it was. Mom left us in the car. The neighbor Mom came with her 2 kids too. It was cold and the 5 of us were freezing. I was the oldest and maybe 8? They were all younger & i had to watch them. We didn't complain. That was the norm back then. I remember the sign. Z.A.Y.R.E..Zayre flashing 3 times. Seems like i watched that sign for hours! Oh Mama ! Too funny!
ridger

Palos Heights, IL

#10 Jan 2, 2011
Laura B wrote:
<quoted text>Yes indeed good memories no regrets well maybe one doing shots of cheap ass vodka one day when we ditched school to this day wont touch vodka oh yea one more rock and rye one new years eve my poor girl got hit in the head with a frying pan sorry bout that P.A.
where you one of the girls dancing to boogie fever in the living room?
Laura B

Midlothian, IL

#11 Jan 2, 2011
ridger wrote:
<quoted text>where you one of the girls dancing to boogie fever in the living room?
probably most likely hell now i dance to it in my livinr room
voter

Huntington, IN

#12 Jan 3, 2011
Peppie was a mean dog
Western Trails

Chicago, IL

#13 Jan 4, 2011
Remember Western Trails on 111th & Cicero (was next to an Arby's)- that place was a lot of fun. Zayre's going out of buiness sale was crazy too - all you could fit in a cart! Most of the ridge has changed but the areas by the older condos still looks the same :-)
Chicago Ridge

United States

#14 Jan 4, 2011
Was Western Trails that miniature golf place? I remember the woods between Richards H. S. and the rail-road tracks, and the hot-dog place across the street. All gone.
I also remember the Mall before the Mall. The Community department store. I remember a vending machine for comic books. And gum-balls. Horse and buggy stuff for the kids nowadays!
Ridge Legend

United States

#15 Jan 4, 2011
Where the mall is was a Drive in movie theatre.
Chicago Ridge

Buffalo Grove, IL

#16 Jan 4, 2011
I remember the movie theatre next to the Community. I thought most of the Mall was wasteland, but I'm probably wrong. I recall something like an oil derrick there.
I also remember the old train station. The wooden one. People made a big fuss over that building, in trying to save it, because it was so old and antique looking. The new one is in the exact same place.
Back in the olden days, 40 to 45 years ago, CR was considered a joke, with people comparing it (unfavorably) with Chicago proper. Since then CR has come up, with Chicago going down.
I don't remember any politics, but I do remember how dark the nights could be. There must have been fewer street lights and porch lights back then. Some nights you couldn't see your hand in front of your face, and the stars were so big and bright.
Thoughts

Palos Hills, IL

#17 Jan 5, 2011
I think behind Community Store , was all vacant? All the way back to the corner . I remember going to Hub Lumber ( what that the name?) on Ridgeland & SW Hwy where Pep Boys is now. I recall the day it burned to the ground. Thick black smoke and flames filled the sky. I thought the end was near like in the Chicago Fire. My grandparents called Chicago Ridge " out in the boondocks. We didn't have a lot of garbage back then. A family of 5 only had maybe 3 small metal cans. Most didn't have canned pop, they had returnable bottles. Bottled water was unheard of. No disposable diapers. Not even plastic bags, we used the paper ones from the store for garbage bags. We had a Milk man so, glass bottles were returned. We had a lot less garbage. When we 1st moved in, i don't think we had any garbage service?
Chicago Ridge

Chicago, IL

#18 Jan 5, 2011
And coca-cola in tall glass bottles, that you took back to the store for a deposit!
Thoughts

Palos Hills, IL

#19 Jan 5, 2011
Things were so much cheaper. Telephones. They rarely rang. You had to have a very good reason to use it ( like death or dying). If you could walk to where you were going to call, they would say "no phone". Some had party-lines. No water bill, we had Wells. Dresses to school into the late 60's. 4 dress for school & 1 for Church. Kids had school shoes, which might also be Church shoes and a pair or gym shoes ( or the wore there socks). It was not uncommon to only have 2 pairs of shoes. Today... gees? a dozen and boots, all kinds. I had the same pillow & blanket my whole childhood. A down feathered pillow and a quilt my Grandma made. For Christmas, i got mostly clothes. Always OLOR on Sunday, no exception, even if my Parents didn't go. I was to be up, fed, dress and ready to walk there. Rain or Shine. or Else! Oh yeah, Push Lawn Mowers! No gas needed for them. We saw one at a Garage Sale & my kids had no idea what it was! Only 1 ( one) TV .
whatever

Dolton, IL

#20 Jan 6, 2011
I know that some of you law abiding "ridge rats" Will remember Tom White from the police station. He was a patrolman, detective, and then a commander. He passed away suddenly on Tuesday at the age of 67. Services are Sunday Jan 9th at Modell funeral home in Homer Glenn. 143rd & Bell
voter

Huntington, IN

#21 Jan 10, 2011
Who remembers the Finley fight song

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