What happened to the Hillside Shoppin...

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#400 Jul 29, 2013
Rexes has been gone for many years. Earlier I posted about "Teddy's RedHots" a hotdog place in Downers Grove. 63rd and Main St. The owner of Rexes sons own it, it not Rexes by a long shot but it is good hotdog place and there is some of the old Rexes stuff in there. I stopped in many years ago and had a long talk with one of the sons about Rexes. It was a trip down memory lane. I think Rexes has been gone for more then 25 years but I'm not sure. Defiantly more than 20.

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#401 Jul 29, 2013
By the way if we all report the porno spam #394 and #395 Topix will remove that trash. The more people that report it the faster they will take it down. Not to be the forum police or anything but do we need that garbage on here?#396 has already been removed. By the way:
Wherepornosucksyourmoney.com was a joke that I made. It is not a real website.
Judy

Hammond, IN

#402 Jul 31, 2013
Valerie DiDominick Soncek wrote:
<quoted text> 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
Did Villa Marie have booths on the left side that were elevated a few inches? My husband and I used to eat there when we first met in 1968. Wanted to go back there for a wedding anniversary, but couldn't find it. Just recently found out that restaurant closed or perhaps burned down. Hope you or anyone with info will respond. Also do you or anyone else have photos of Villa Marie?
Mary KC

Leawood, KS

#404 Aug 4, 2013
Gregor wrote:
I remember walking through Mt.Carmel Cemetery and discovered "the girl with the golden arm". The caretaker also directed us to the grave of Alphonso Capone. I also remember walking past Hillside School down toward the S&H warehouse. I wonder if it is still S&H?
I remember "the girl with the golden arm" but not the story behind it. Do you know the history about her?
Concetta

Lemont, IL

#405 Aug 5, 2013
Mary KC wrote:
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I remember "the girl with the golden arm" but not the story behind it. Do you know the history about her?
Hi Mary,
I don't know the story about a "girl with the golden arm"? My friend and I went to the cemetery for many lunches (yes, weird I know) S&H has been gone as long as the stamps. Just the thought of those little green stamps makes me feel old! ha It was a furniture warehouse at one time not sure about now.
Does anyone remember the name of the bar/dance dive in Stone Park? It was on the North side of North Ave. and West of Mannheim. When you got to the bottom of the bridge and turned left it was down not even a mile I don't think. They served us 15 and 16 year olds back then. So it was always packed.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#406 Aug 5, 2013
Concetta wrote:
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Hi Mary,
I don't know the story about a "girl with the golden arm"? My friend and I went to the cemetery for many lunches (yes, weird I know) S&H has been gone as long as the stamps. Just the thought of those little green stamps makes me feel old! ha It was a furniture warehouse at one time not sure about now.
Does anyone remember the name of the bar/dance dive in Stone Park? It was on the North side of North Ave. and West of Mannheim. When you got to the bottom of the bridge and turned left it was down not even a mile I don't think. They served us 15 and 16 year olds back then. So it was always packed.
That would not be Syone Park there. Most likely Northlake
Valerie DiDominick Soncek

Mount Laurel, NJ

#407 Aug 5, 2013
Judy wrote:
<quoted text>
Did Villa Marie have booths on the left side that were elevated a few inches? My husband and I used to eat there when we first met in 1968. Wanted to go back there for a wedding anniversary, but couldn't find it. Just recently found out that restaurant closed or perhaps burned down. Hope you or anyone with info will respond. Also do you or anyone else have photos of Villa Marie?
Hi Judy,
I just sent you an email with some information.
Thanks.
viewer

Durango, CO

#408 Aug 5, 2013
I don't remember the golden arm story, but I do remember the young bride's grave (in either Mt Carmel or Queen of heaven), which has two porcelein pictures on it - one of a girl in her wedding dress, the other of a girl in a coffin. Creepy story, apparently the girl died on her wedding night, and her mother kept seeing visions of her for years after her death. Convinced that her daughter was not dead, she had her daughters grave exhumed many years after, only to find that the girl's body had not decayed at all, and the flowers buried with her were still fresh. And so goes the story... But the fact is there was a grave there with those two weird pictures.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#409 Aug 6, 2013
Does anyone remember a teen niteclub somewhere around Chicago called, Valley View? I seem to recall seeing, Three Dog Night there in like 1966...just before they hit it bigtime.....Also a group called, The Saints was a big deal, back then....

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#410 Aug 6, 2013
Concetta wrote:
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Hi Mary,
I don't know the story about a "girl with the golden arm"? My friend and I went to the cemetery for many lunches (yes, weird I know) S&H has been gone as long as the stamps. Just the thought of those little green stamps makes me feel old! ha It was a furniture warehouse at one time not sure about now.
Does anyone remember the name of the bar/dance dive in Stone Park? It was on the North side of North Ave. and West of Mannheim. When you got to the bottom of the bridge and turned left it was down not even a mile I don't think. They served us 15 and 16 year olds back then. So it was always packed.
The bottom of the bridge would be Lake street. The only bar that I can think of on north North Ave was Doug's Dugout. That was definitely Northlake. So are you thinking maybe Lake street?
Viewer for you: http://www.ghostresearch.org/sites/carmel.htm...
I remember stories of people picking up the bride on Harrison but those were just rehashes of Resurrection Mary. I do remember my friend getting impaled on the iron fence Halloween night when we were running from the police at Mt. Carmel. There were about 100 people running around in there on Halloween night in the early 80's. We weren't there to do anything bad, it was just one of those stupid things you do when you are young. I have never heard about the girl with the golden arm either. The beauty of Hillside. There are far more dead people there then alive. None of you remember the stories of Peabody's Tomb?
Concetta

Lemont, IL

#411 Aug 7, 2013
Thanks "High" it was Lake Street.. I was guessing North Ave. Wasn't Peabody's Tomb a story from around Oak Brook? I think it was a story about monks and they would come out and chase kids and make them kneel on a rosary or something if they caught you?

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#412 Aug 7, 2013
Concetta wrote:
Thanks "High" it was Lake Street.. I was guessing North Ave. Wasn't Peabody's Tomb a story from around Oak Brook? I think it was a story about monks and they would come out and chase kids and make them kneel on a rosary or something if they caught you?
If you back to post #378 and #380 I go into my personal experience about it. Now I just have to figure out what bar you are talking about. I remember Interactions but that was a right turn on Lake St. There was also a place called Roses on the north side of Lake but they were both east off Mannheim. West was a gyro place, Mikes Grill then a trailer park a bit further down but I don't remember a bar/dance dive over there. Mannheim Road sure but west on Lake, that's a good one. I live right over by Peabody's but my post says Bellwood. Comcast business class has been nothing but a nightmare. I'm sitting in my house in Westmont right now but this post will say Bellwood were my business is at. I think they merged my IP address to my business.
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#413 Aug 7, 2013
I really guess that that this maybe old news again.Across the street from me the overflowing Mexican Family on Ridge Ave.in Berkeley has been continuing to provide me with nothing but embarrassing BS with a huge noise problem with at least 20 kids of various ages between 2 & 14 years old that have no respeect for us older Berkeley residents by making a lot of noise. A Stupid Fat Philipino Woman that cannot have Children & her rotten mannered White Husband that just moved into the neighborhood last year or so that works for the USPS seems to been encouraging this kind of neighborhood change.They are disgusting people!
This is what is happening to what is left of the rest of the Western Portion of the Village of Berkeley,IL.just behind the Berkeley Village Hall.
How can you move away from this kind of BS without finding any kind of worthwhile job anymore? I was born in Berkeley in the early 1960's & can really see this town is deteriorating because of the influx of rotten immigrants taking everything over for themselves.
As for the rest of what is left of the Hillside Shopping Center, I really see no hope left because of the Asbestos problem & the old age of what is left of the remaining buildings.RIP.

Since: Feb 12

Oak Brook, IL

#414 Aug 8, 2013
I hear you Scrubber59. That is the thing that most on here do not understand. "The neighborhood isn't that bad." No, it is very bad. Ridge Ave. where you are turned my friend who grew up on Herbert Ave. into a criminal again. He was a born again Christian which was actually quite annoying. How did living in Berkeley turn him back into a criminal? By the shear ignorance of his(your)neighbors and the Village. He would work two jobs 70 hours a week and come home to a house that depreciated so much that it wasn't worth paying for, people breaking into his vehicles, neighbors always starting with his kids because they were entitled and crazy music playing all the time. He sent his kids to private school so they wouldn't have to go to Sunnyside or P.W. The Berkeley Police would treat HIM like the criminal when he would call them after someone committed a crime against his property or kids. Dogs constantly barking around the clock. He packed up and left. He abandoned a nice house and destroyed his credit. With his credit destroyed he lost his jobs. He went back on dope which had been clean of for almost 20 years. He got busted. If he could have just got enough money to break even on his house he would have just moved. He was upside down on it and made his payments on time for 12 years yet it was still worth less then he paid for it. The same goes for a friend who lives clear across town. His house is paid for, he lived there his entire life on Spencer Ave. and now he comes home everyday for lunch after his house was broken into when he was at work. He always parks his car in the garage as the neighbors feel that his property is theirs and their kids who are in High School used to play basketball on a net on his garage until we took it down. If his car was parked in his own driveway tough. Let the ball just hit it. I used to fix his car at his house. Now only if it is stuck there. I see the people eyeing my tools. Putting them in the garage is useless. If I have to run and get parts I have to pack up everything and go to Autozone on St. Charles and Mannheim. They have big crime cameras up by where Rexes was like Chicago. It makes people feel safe but they are for night when it really gets out of hand. He can't move because his house would fetch nothing. Sure they say the properties are worth $100,000 but the realtor I am working with in Wheaton was happy to get $40,000 for a house on Lee Blvd. that was a Fannie Mae property. My friend comes home pulls his car straight in the garage and lives in the basement with a .357 within his reach at all times. Why? Because during broad daylight somebody robbed his house, cleared it out and nobody bothered to call the Police. He is in the basement because even though he has two bedrooms upstairs, he won't chance getting shot sitting in his living room or sleeping. His logic is that if someone breaks in, they have to run down the stairs where he can be armed and ready. His block is nothing but Pit bulls and people playing loud Spanish or Rap music, so why go outside? Am I ranting? No. I'm telling it like it is. It may seem like I am beating a dead horse but I'm just telling the truth. That's the thing that most do not understand. It's bad and the people who are stuck there have no options or way out. You can't get anything for your house and it has become more guard your property and life. It's no way to live. It's a far cry from what we grew up in. Did I insult anyone or use any derogatory language? No.
I just told of how it is now. Westchester now has their Taste at 31st and Lagrange Rd. Is that even Westchester?
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#420 Aug 25, 2013
I guess the end of the rest of the Hillside Shopping Center has finally come.Today I drove by the closed down Menard's today & spotted a demolition safety fence around the entire perimeter of the old Goldblatt's Department Store building as well as an fence around the large outlot building that once housed Dominick's,Strickland Foods,Guido's Finer Foods & Sal's Food Store.There is also a large backhoe with Robinette Demolition's name on it from Oak Brook Terrace behind the old Menard's building.
This is so sad to see this but maybe better things may hopefully come in the future.Goodbye Hillside Shopping Center,it was a great pleasure shopping & visiting you with all of the great memories of a time long ago past all of those years ago!
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#421 Aug 25, 2013
Concetta wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Mary,
I don't know the story about a "girl with the golden arm"? My friend and I went to the cemetery for many lunches (yes, weird I know) S&H has been gone as long as the stamps. Just the thought of those little green stamps makes me feel old! ha It was a furniture warehouse at one time not sure about now.
Does anyone remember the name of the bar/dance dive in Stone Park? It was on the North side of North Ave. and West of Mannheim. When you got to the bottom of the bridge and turned left it was down not even a mile I don't think. They served us 15 and 16 year olds back then. So it was always packed.
Hi,I had seen an S&H Green Stamps Catalog with green stamp merchandise being offered during the mid to late 1980's & was issued out of Atlanta,Georgia.I think today it is known as S&H Motivation and was involved in some kind of marketing of something even if they still exist these days.By the way,S&H stood for Sperry & Hutchinson.
Scrubber59

Westchester, IL

#423 Sep 9, 2013
Today on Monday September 9,2013 I had driven by what is left of the old Goldblatt's/Menard's Store of the Hillside Shopping Center.Robinette Demolition from Oak Brook Terrace,IL.is busy right now removing the interior walls,plumbing,heating & fixtures that once supported this building.It will not be long (maybe 1 or 2 weeks) before they will complete the demolition of this structure that is the last hold out of the Hillside Shopping Center.RIP.
Joseph Chirchirillo

O Fallon, MO

#424 Sep 9, 2013
My Dad had a shoe repair right next to the pop corn shop.....I used to help in the store on Saturdays. Wow....Glad I found this forum....Dad passed in 76 and is in Queen of Heaven....Anyone remember the pin ball place next to the shoe repair?
mleekramer

Ogden, UT

#425 Sep 10, 2013
A friend who grew up in Hillside has been racking her brain trying to remember the name of the basement sale area in Carson's down by the bathing suits. Anyone?
Carol Kratky

Riverside, IL

#426 Sep 14, 2013
I think five coins was on the other side of Mannheim rd just south of Stacey's I remember JoJo with the funky windows. Was there a Guidos in westchester on the south side of Roosevelt before you got to the bridge going into Broadview? I thought it was in hillside mall across from where menards used to be.

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