What happened to the Hillside Shoppin...

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#266 Mar 1, 2013
Sorry about the three same posts on the previous page. When I hit post it redirected me and the posts weren't there so I reposted. OOPS!
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#267 Mar 2, 2013
You know,it is really a shame when you spend the time to write some truthful comments on this blog only to have them edited before people get a chance to even read them.On the other hand,The Hillside Shopping center was once a lively thumping place to go to in order to get some quality shopping done.While if it was for a Holiday or a Birthday for that someone special,you could always find something for that someone special.You could go to Woolworth's & buy a really cool plastic model kit (like a real working Lindberg Lines working cuckoo clock kit or a goldfish or parakeet)or you could go to Kinney Shoes for a pair of thong sandals for your daughter,or even to the US Male Store for a pair of hip jeans for yourself.There was furniture from L. Fish,Toys or a Schwinn Bicycle from Toy Town,and even a wide assortment of cookies from Golblatt's,heck you could even buy a CB Radio or Stereo System from Allied Radio Shack for your listening pleasure.Yes,when the Hillside Shopping Center closed up for the last time,we all lost something big.Even so,Menard's just recently left in 2012....this just goes to show that now we will all suffer & things will never be the same around here.

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#268 Mar 2, 2013
Scrubber59, did they edit one of your posts? I couldn't even get the to remove my two duplicate posts. They were adamant that this was a place for free speech. I was just saying some guy takes one of my posts and puts words in my mouth. That's not editing, it's plain ignorant. The Hillside Shopping Center(The mall as we called it)was indeed a great place. It had its own life force if you will. If the weather was crummy, to the mall. If it was nice not as much but on a really cold day we would hit Goldblatts and work our way east to Carson's stopping at just about every store. I remember Carson's is were I got my Cub Scout uniform and all the stuff that went with it. I was at Menards a couple week before they closed and was just looking at the floor for like two minutes. I was thinking, this used to be Goldblatts but soon no more. Basically now you have one big parking lot and an empty building. It sucked. I felt like part of me was being taken away. With Hillside the way it is, what could they possibly build there? I don't know how many acres that is but who would want to put anything where our mall was? Prime Real Estate right off the 290 but who would build there?
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#269 Mar 6, 2013
High on a Hillside wrote:
Scrubber59, did they edit one of your posts? I couldn't even get the to remove my two duplicate posts. They were adamant that this was a place for free speech. I was just saying some guy takes one of my posts and puts words in my mouth. That's not editing, it's plain ignorant. The Hillside Shopping Center(The mall as we called it)was indeed a great place. It had its own life force if you will. If the weather was crummy, to the mall. If it was nice not as much but on a really cold day we would hit Goldblatts and work our way east to Carson's stopping at just about every store. I remember Carson's is were I got my Cub Scout uniform and all the stuff that went with it. I was at Menards a couple week before they closed and was just looking at the floor for like two minutes. I was thinking, this used to be Goldblatts but soon no more. Basically now you have one big parking lot and an empty building. It sucked. I felt like part of me was being taken away. With Hillside the way it is, what could they possibly build there? I don't know how many acres that is but who would want to put anything where our mall was? Prime Real Estate right off the 290 but who would build there?
You Know Mr.Hillside,I know exactly how you feel about the whole thing concerning the complete demise of the Hillside Shopping Center.You don't know how many times that I went to the Hillside Menard's Store & looked around trying to imagine in my mind where all of the old Goldblatt's merchandise departments were located,my School Boy Brother worked there for a short period of time when he was young during the 1970's.The most perplexing thing is where the heck "The Walnut Dining Room" was located in the place.I never ate there but I do fondly remember the announcements stating of their food special of the day when I shopped there with my Parents when I was a kid.I too often looked at the floors when I was shopping at Menard's & even looked the entire place over in complete wonder of just what happened the place we called the Hillside Shopping Center.It just blows my mind of all of the lost memories of the pretty girls that I used to see here during the Holiday Season & other times of the year when things were nice around here before the huge changes that were a big mistake because of the idiots that decided that Proviso West was not Black enough!

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#270 Mar 6, 2013
That's exactly what happened. Redistricting. In other words lets make P.W.30% minority for 1980. Now it's close to 100%. We used to eat the Woolworths but I never ate at Goldblatts. I'm just thinking with the state of the old hood , maybe Hillside should try for a casino license. They have the spot for a boat in a moat. Oh wait, they moved the police station 2.5 miles away. No sense in having it between two schools. One of which(P.W.) has 18 "students" awaiting expulsion for a gang fight in the cafeteria. By the way after some bitching they removed my multiple posts. Topix and IE 10 have some issues. When I was standing at Menards staring at the floor I thought to myself I must look dumb. All of the memories going through my head. The best part? Not one associate asked me if I needed help. I'm glad that nobody bothered me but at the same time it shows the attitude of most of the employees at that Menards. If I go to different Menards I basically have people chasing me around. Can I help you with something?
That's why that Menards was doomed. Plus it was a little small that they never had everything you needed for a job. Something's yes, but never everything. It was a joke and did the Hillside Mall an injustice. Half of the time I would go to Le Donnes and pay the difference. A little True Value that always seems to have what I need when I'm in the old hood. Screw that Menards. It never had the spirit of the Hillside mall.
Joyce

Fayetteville, NC

#271 Mar 8, 2013
Brought back lots of memories. Almost forgot about the store names. Left Hillside in 1964. But spent a lot of high school days in the the Hillside Shopping Center. It was brand new when I was a freshman @ Proviso. Went there a lot. I now live in North Carolina, but when I used to go back to Hillside to visit my family "The Hillside Shopping Center" was looking worse & worse. Shameful!
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#272 Mar 8, 2013
Joyce wrote:
Brought back lots of memories. Almost forgot about the store names. Left Hillside in 1964. But spent a lot of high school days in the the Hillside Shopping Center. It was brand new when I was a freshman @ Proviso. Went there a lot. I now live in North Carolina, but when I used to go back to Hillside to visit my family "The Hillside Shopping Center" was looking worse & worse. Shameful!
Yes Joyce,It has been a long time since the Hillside Shopping Center has closed up.Now the last remaining store that was a Menard's Home Center has closed it's doors in November,2012.All that remains is the empty shell once known as Goldblatt's Department store.Now the minorites & third world garbage from city of Chicago & the rest of the world is moving in around here with their blight & is starting to take over even after vast improvements to the infrastructure around here in Berkeley,Hillside & Bellwood in the once great western suburbs of Cook County.The crime is on the increase around here & there are not many jobs left unless you are a minority like these people.Those of us who are stuck here are basically screwed because of the lack of jobs & the huge property taxes here.I miss our once happy way of life!Forget about Hillside,ILLinois Joyce,it is almost completely shot.
Mimi

Bothell, WA

#273 Mar 9, 2013
Anyone remember The Villa Marie restaurant on Hillside Avenue? Many iC kids went there after games. Carm, Ern, Evie and Fred were the best owners!

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#274 Mar 10, 2013
I remember Villa Marie. There were a few bars/ restaurants on Hillside Ave between Darmstadt Rd and Harrison. They have all closed or I'm not sure if what was left of Villa Marie burned down with The Brauerhouse. That was a happening little strip. Basically Hillside has become a bunch of BBQ places between Wolf and Elm on Butterfield. Stimacs and Q's are still there but Stimacs is more geared towards the after funeral banquets and Q's IMO has gone way down hill. I should know,I worked there. Basically anyone who worked there in the heyday will agree. Others will not. I will not argue over this. It is mine and about 20 former employees opinion. If you like what Q's serves now, great. If not I don't want to get into how Q's is still the same. Six of us play cards in Berkeley every month. Four of us worked at Q's. None of us eat there and get our pizza for our card game from County Inn.
Does anyone remember a place called Five Coins? They literally had five coins on their sign. Bread basket had bread with Parmesan and Romano cheese on the bread? Anyone?

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#275 Mar 10, 2013
High on a Hillside wrote:
I remember Villa Marie. There were a few bars/ restaurants on Hillside Ave between Darmstadt Rd and Harrison. They have all closed or I'm not sure if what was left of Villa Marie burned down with The Brauerhouse. That was a happening little strip. Basically Hillside has become a bunch of BBQ places between Wolf and Elm on Butterfield. Stimacs and Q's are still there but Stimacs is more geared towards the after funeral banquets and Q's IMO has gone way down hill. I should know,I worked there. Basically anyone who worked there in the heyday will agree. Others will not. I will not argue over this. It is mine and about 20 former employees opinion. If you like what Q's serves now, great. If not I don't want to get into how Q's is still the same. Six of us play cards in Berkeley every month. Four of us worked at Q's. None of us eat there and get our pizza for our card game from County Inn.
Does anyone remember a place called Five Coins? They literally had five coins on their sign. Bread basket had bread with Parmesan and Romano cheese on the bread? Anyone?
I heard the same thing about Q's. Do they heve different owners?

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#276 Mar 10, 2013
Yes and kind of no. Many years ago Joe owned 75% and Frank owned 25%. I'm talking in the early 80's. Mike who was Franks wife's nephew was the manager and Frank ran the place. Joe lived in Florida most of the year and would come up for the summer. Joe got sick and offered Frank his 75% for a price. Frank said yes. This was in the early '90s. Then Frank came down with lung cancer and offered to sell the whole thing to Mike. He borrowed and got the money up. Frank died and now Mike owns it. Knowing Mike for 34 years, there is one thing I know. The guy could cut corners on a circle. Q's once great pizza is now soggy and nasty. It's because Mike went cheap. It's more like Dominos then Q's. Pure garbage. Don't get me wrong. They always cut corners to save money. Every restaurant does to stay competitive. You change suppliers and save a little money but keep the quality close to the same. In 1980-1985 though, there was a line down the street of people waiting to sit down and eat. 7PM to midnight or 1 AM every Fri and Sat. Now you have people taking pictures on their phones of nasty pizza and putting it on the web. It's pretty bad IMO. Just for anyone who is ready to argue with me, don't waste your time. This is my opinion and is shared by about 20 former employees. If you like it, great but I will not debate this. There are people that eat Chipotle and Taco Bell and think it's real Mexican food. Everybody's palate is subjective. People like what they like. I'm just going by my palate and about 20 former employees. I remember what it was and you will be hard pressed to find anyone who ate as much Q's as someone who worked there. I could tell you stories about catering orders that former employees placed. Lets just say the trays of pasta were less then stellar and that's being very polite. This was in the last couple of years. I will not argue any restaurant. Look up Q's on Yelp. There are reviews that go from I wouldn't give this food to a raccoon to this the food that God eats. I lean towards the first one and have 20 former employees to back me up. If you like it then good for you. I don't but I will not debate this. I don't have the time. If I have two identical posts that's not my fault. I tried to post this an hour ago and it redirected me.

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#277 Mar 11, 2013
A phone call was made. Mike was actually somehow Franks nephew, not his wife's. I think he was Franks sisters kid but was adopted or something. Just wanted to get that straight. I mean you are talking 33 years ago. There was something a little more out there but he was somehow related to Frank by blood and not marriage. I don't really know and the person I talked to didn't either and he started at Q's in '77. So in an indirect way, yes it's been passed down.
Valerie DiDominick Soncek

Mount Laurel, NJ

#278 Mar 13, 2013
Mimi wrote:
Anyone remember The Villa Marie restaurant on Hillside Avenue? Many iC kids went there after games. Carm, Ern, Evie and Fred were the best owners!
Hi Mimi my parents Ernie and Carm owed the Villa Marie and Evie and Fred were my aunt and uncle. Alot of good times there used to wait on tables and help out there. Valerie
Valerie DiDominick Soncek

Mount Laurel, NJ

#279 Mar 13, 2013
Used to go to Q's often with my parents when I lived in Hillside. Last time I was there was a few years ago and I still love their pizza and pasta.
Tim

Oswego, IL

#280 Mar 13, 2013
Remember the music shop in the mall.. I think it was called Monty,s music shop. We moved to Bellwood in 1969. Lived at the five and dime and jack in the box. The coin store in the middle of the mall was a great place I remember too...and the Carmel corn smell was awsome... The schwinn bike shop was fun as well as Al's hobby shop. Remember the Steve Dahl meeting at the mall parking lot and Ray Rainer at thom McCann shoes. What else do you remember?
jimmyguitar

United States

#281 Mar 13, 2013
Tim wrote:
Remember the music shop in the mall.. I think it was called Monty,s music shop. We moved to Bellwood in 1969. Lived at the five and dime and jack in the box. The coin store in the middle of the mall was a great place I remember too...and the Carmel corn smell was awsome... The schwinn bike shop was fun as well as Al's hobby shop. Remember the Steve Dahl meeting at the mall parking lot and Ray Rainer at thom McCann shoes. What else do you remember?
Actually, Monte's was on Butterfield Rd. just west of LaVergne (sp?). I (my parents) bought my first electric guitar from them in '65 and I took piano and guitar lessons there for several years. Two brothers owned the store. One was Emil, can't remember the other. They had another store in Maywood. Top of the line gear for that time.
The music store in the Shopping Center was simply called, "Hillside Music". I worked on the SC engineering crew (maintenance) during the 60s'/70s and spent MOST of my break time in there playing records and guitars. It was primarily a record store but they always had a few guitars and amps for sale as well. Since it was in the SC it was also a natural place to hang out for the high school & college age music fans of the area.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#282 Mar 13, 2013
jimmyguitar wrote:
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Actually, Monte's was on Butterfield Rd. just west of LaVergne (sp?). I (my parents) bought my first electric guitar from them in '65 and I took piano and guitar lessons there for several years. Two brothers owned the store. One was Emil, can't remember the other. They had another store in Maywood. Top of the line gear for that time.
The music store in the Shopping Center was simply called, "Hillside Music". I worked on the SC engineering crew (maintenance) during the 60s'/70s and spent MOST of my break time in there playing records and guitars. It was primarily a record store but they always had a few guitars and amps for sale as well. Since it was in the SC it was also a natural place to hang out for the high school & college age music fans of the area.
Emil and Al Monte
Ron

Concord, CA

#283 Mar 14, 2013
Around 1973 -- Orgos on the corner of Wolf and Butterfield had an Accordionist (Cordovox) named Johnny Barr. On certain evenings (Thinking Saturday)-- His performance was broadcast LIVE over " then " radio station WTAQ 1300 LaGrange ---1300 is now the Disney radio station in Chicago
BellwoodT

Oswego, IL

#284 Mar 17, 2013
What about Rex restaurant and the dime store across the street?
BellwoodT

Oswego, IL

#285 Mar 17, 2013
Monti's music was on St. Charles rd near Wolf rd. remember Rigio's? We used to buy our smoke bombs and a beef...lol.

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