Calumet City in the 60's & 70's

Calumet City in the 60's & 70's

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Jen

AOL

#1 Feb 6, 2010
Back in the Day Cal City was a great place to live. River Oaks was an open mall, no roof. It was THE place to shop. When Star Wars came out in THX...at the River Oaks Theater OMG it was awesome. And you could go swimming at Green Lake in the woods across the street.

OH, and the Rocket Space Playground near the smiley towers and Caroline Sibley School.......

Memorial Park, you used to pay a very small fee for your yearly swim patch, you sewed these on your swimsuit and you could swim at the Pool.

Then there were only 40K people in Cal City then, so whats it really like now????
Big Bertha

South Holland, IL

#2 Feb 6, 2010
Can we say GHETTO
pat

United States

#3 Feb 22, 2010
I can absolutely say GHETTO I grew up in Calumet City on state street in the 60s went to the Wentroth School across from the park and then to TF north high I was going to go back and visit and was told if did to take a gun because it was run mostly by gangs now. What ever happened to the good ole days? Sure miss them thanks for the memories.
Jen

AOL

#4 Feb 22, 2010
Hi Pat, I went to Wentworth and TFN too. I know its not a nice place anymore. I doubt any of my old friends still live there. My parents do, and some of my relatives.
Sad

O Fallon, MO

#5 Mar 16, 2010
They closed most of Cabrini-Green. The criminals had to go somewhere.
ANGIE CALUMET CITY

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 29, 2010
IT'S THE MOST RACIST PLACE TO LIVE .I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY THINK THEIR BETTER THEN OTHER'S BECAUCE THEIR NOT.I THINK THEY ARE :-) I'LL TAKE THE HIGH RODE
CCV

Schererville, IN

#7 Apr 2, 2010
I too grew up in Cal City during the 60's & 70's; lived near the corner of 154th Place & Wentworth Ave for most of that time. Back then, it was a great place to live; hardly anything ever happened. The worst thing was the Hell's Henchmen motorcycle club passing through town every summer, but even that was relatively tame. Apart from the drinking and hellraising they did in the local bars, they were essentially harmless; they didn't bother anyone unless anyone bothered them.
I moved from Cal City in 1987 because the neighborhood I was living in (Sibley Blvd. & Yates area) was changing rapidly and definitely not for the better. There was an influx of Section 8 people coming from the projects in Chicago, especially when they started condemning the Robert Taylor buildings; along with them soon followed the gangbangers, and this is why Cal City is in such sad shape. The only halfway decent place left is in Gold Coast to the south bordering Lansing; that's it. The rest has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Mr Anoneemouse

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Sep 19, 2010
Grew up just south of Bargain Town off of River Oaks Drive.
RIP LB got hit by a train on the trestle on my birthday back in '77.
Shakey's,Bargain Town,Obie's,Gino's,Art's Camera Shop.....
Every weekday morning a light twin would go south to north just west of TF North and rock his wings...always wondered if it was a doctor or lawyer coming from Lansing.....I still smell the fresh cut grass...
Used to ride my mini bike to work at the driving range off Torrance. That all used to be open field all the way to Vulcan Mold.
Yes it has changed!!! And Boz is GONE!!
Scoodle

Bourbonnais, IL

#9 Nov 5, 2010
Does anyone remember a night club called The Chaise Lounge. It was rumored that my late grandmother owned it. I am trying to find any info I can.
OBSERVING

United States

#10 Nov 18, 2010
At one time I lived near Garfield Ave. It was only 2 blocks long. I believe from 1991 until this past July, at least 12, yes 12!!!! murders were committed on these two blocks! Three were pregnant ladies, one a very young child, some were random some weren't. It was like living on a shooting range. How very sad, how very scary. Yes it's gone to hell in a handbasket!
TJG

Chicago Heights, IL

#11 Nov 18, 2010
CCV wrote:
I too grew up in Cal City during the 60's & 70's; lived near the corner of 154th Place & Wentworth Ave for most of that time. Back then, it was a great place to live; hardly anything ever happened. The worst thing was the Hell's Henchmen motorcycle club passing through town every summer, but even that was relatively tame. Apart from the drinking and hellraising they did in the local bars, they were essentially harmless; they didn't bother anyone unless anyone bothered them.
I moved from Cal City in 1987 because the neighborhood I was living in (Sibley Blvd. & Yates area) was changing rapidly and definitely not for the better. There was an influx of Section 8 people coming from the projects in Chicago, especially when they started condemning the Robert Taylor buildings; along with them soon followed the gangbangers, and this is why Cal City is in such sad shape. The only halfway decent place left is in Gold Coast to the south bordering Lansing; that's it. The rest has gone to hell in a handbasket.
I lived on 156th street near wentworth, until 1990 when I got married. I remember going to winklers for penny candy, walking to memorial park and going swimming every day!! City Fest in the park and the Memorial Day Parade going down wentworth. I used to walk to down town Hammond and go to the movies, then go to Walgreens restaurant for french fries afterwards. Also there was aflee market in Goldblatts store after it closed. My parents lived there until 3 years ago, the neighborhood was very bad. There was a older man that was robbed in front of their porch, and a shooting across the street and a man killed a block over. The police installed a camera on the corner of the next block. It was not safe to take my kids there for a visit, or even to go on the holidays. The drug dealers would step into the street and try to sell to you, they had lookouts on both corners so even if you told the police they would be gone quickly!! I agree that it went bad after the projects in chicago were tore down. I here the gold coast area is still ok!!! But Im sure that wont last very long either. Im sad that my kids will not get to know the area that I grew up in!!
CRUISER GIRL

AOL

#12 Jan 5, 2012
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER A YOUNG MAN GUNNED DOWN IN OBIES REST. IN THE PARKING LOT.I CANNOT SEEM TO REMEMBER HIS NAME BUT HE WAS ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM AT TFN AND I'M SURE IT WAS BETWEEN 1972- 1975.
wtr

United States

#13 Feb 6, 2012
CRUISER GIRL wrote:
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER A YOUNG MAN GUNNED DOWN IN OBIES REST. IN THE PARKING LOT.I CANNOT SEEM TO REMEMBER HIS NAME BUT HE WAS ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM AT TFN AND I'M SURE IT WAS BETWEEN 1972- 1975.
mark walker
Patrick

Scottsdale, AZ

#14 Mar 3, 2012
Went to Hoover School and then Schrum for 7th & 8th grade. Then went to TFN 1967-70. I grew up around 159th and Burnham. Couldn't believe what that area looks like today.
Lhp

Calumet City, IL

#15 Aug 29, 2012
I lived on cal city going on 27yrs still reside here near lansing its no better then any other part of the city I use to live on state street accross from the gunshop and even in the 80"s it was bad bar ever corner currupt mayors im only 27 yrs old but when I was ,5 yrs old would find used needles from the junkies so hell city always been cal shity...
anthony

Naperville, IL

#16 Sep 24, 2012
CRUISER GIRL wrote:
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER A YOUNG MAN GUNNED DOWN IN OBIES REST. IN THE PARKING LOT.I CANNOT SEEM TO REMEMBER HIS NAME BUT HE WAS ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM AT TFN AND I'M SURE IT WAS BETWEEN 1972- 1975.
. Mark walker
anthony

Naperville, IL

#17 Sep 24, 2012
Mark walker
Sarge

United States

#18 Oct 2, 2012
I too grew up in the Gold Coast area, the CCFD would open the Hydrants and flood Hoover Schools grassy area and we had a place to ice skate, same thing at Finneran Park. Sidkeys, Schrum Pickles, Polish at Misch Foods. My wife grew up by OLK and worked at Jack in the Box. Greasy deep fried Tacos that were the best after being out at Wampum Lake. Btw that grassy field driving range was Portz Farm. After they drained Brick Lake we rode our dirtbikes in there and climbed out. Myself, Sutton, Lackey, Kann, Milguard, Kazmirski, Orr, Bitunjac, Stockle(RIP), Wangerson, we ripped up River Oaks Golf Course. OK who unbolted the Com-Ed tower that fell into Holy Cross Cemetary?? And lit the Trestle on fire??
GREENIE

Streamwood, IL

#19 Nov 14, 2012
Patrick wrote:
Went to Hoover School and then Schrum for 7th & 8th grade. Then went to TFN 1967-70. I grew up around 159th and Burnham. Couldn't believe what that area looks like today.
I STILL LIVE IN CAL CITY ON PRICE. IT IS STILL A NICE AREA. WE KEEP TO OURSELVES. IT'S A QUITE STREET. WE HAVE WHITES, BLACKS, & HISPANICS
Johnny Carrillo

United States

#20 Jan 28, 2013
Lived in area by Steffens bakery in early 70s . Now it's sad how it went down , very dangerous to be on foot at night .

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