Leroy

United States

#1 Aug 23, 2009
OK
I joined the army 32 years ago. Lived all over the world. I have not been home for years. Now I look at recent photos of Evanstons and it looks like another Chicago. Is there ayone out here from the old home town that can fill me in.
Seymore

United States

#2 Aug 25, 2009
Leroy wrote:
OK
I joined the army 32 years ago. Lived all over the world. I have not been home for years. Now I look at recent photos of Evanstons and it looks like another Chicago. Is there ayone out here from the old home town that can fill me in.
Though I have never lived in Evanston I have have lived in the immediate area for over 50 years and can compare the old and the new. I recall the days of the old Evanston when the Varsity and Valencia Theaters reigned supreme. But those theaters, along with the others like the Evanston and the Coronet deteriorated, and about the coolest place you could go eat was Cooley's Cupboard or the B/G Snack Shops. Thank you, WCTU.

Then someone realized that downtown was dyding and said, no more to early 20th Century mentality, it's booze or die. So in came the first I believe of the trendy, yuppie restaurants, Fritz That's It from the Mellman restaurant masterminds. Voila, expensive hamburgers and beer! Then came others, and still others, and condos, more condos, and still more condos. Out went stodgy Marshall Fields and in came trendy boutiques.

At least the parking meters still take nickels and dimes.
Leroy

United States

#3 Aug 26, 2009
I remember "Mustards Last Stand" "Peacocks Ice Cream" "Tom Thumb Hobbies" and "Webolts Dept Store" the windows at christmas time.
Seymore

United States

#4 Aug 26, 2009
Mustard's lives on, so does Tom Thumb.

How about those brown and tan Evanston Bus Co. buses?
Dimitri

Greece

#5 May 3, 2011
I can even remember when the Evanston theater on Central Street was known as the Stadium theater. Dyche football stadium was two blocks east. And oh yes, the curly Q french fries at Cooley's Cupboard.
I even believe that Ray Kroc, born in Oak Park would drive from Des Plaines, from his first McDonald's on Lee Street, to one of the Evanston B/G's and order their ChubbyBurger. Oops, now known as the Big Mac.
Leroy

Columbia, SC

#7 May 5, 2011
I will home in Evanston at the end of June. The first places to eat will be Mustards Last Stand, GiGios, and Big Herms in Skokie.
Tyrome

Evanston, IL

#8 Apr 8, 2012
Evanston is turning gettho
Paul

Beloit, WI

#9 Jan 6, 2014
I grew up in Evanston and enjoyed every minute of it . Its still fun to drive thru the old neighborhood looking for things that Haven't changed . Thank God that Bill's Drive In on Asbury is still the same ... Great Hot Dogs . Down town is disappointing as most of the stores and theaters I used to enjoy are long gone .... Weibolts, Allied Radio, Hobby Models, Marshall Fields, Chandlers, Lords, and the monkeys in Lyttons . Right now I put Evanston on the list of cities that are nice to visit but I wouldn't want to live there . I'll have to be content to enjoy my memories .
Nick

Elmwood Park, IL

#10 Jun 28, 2014
It is a ghetto. Drive the side streets you feel like you are about to be carjacked!! I was very nervous driving thru a street when I got turned around. The thugs on the corner 2 blocks from the high school were looking at me and then talking at each other and it wasn't IMO friendly in nature. Plus the garbage dump nearby doesn't make for a family friendly environment ,again, IMO.
red

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 6, 2014
does anyone remember e&j store w/all the penny candies or harloff bros grocery store on lake st.? or kresGee's lunch counter? was fab.mustards with a big basket of fries for cheap.phosphates at herbingers drug store. racing cars at tom thumbs.
bmkitt

Foley, AL

#12 Sep 17, 2014
I grew up in Evanston. I remember Cooley's Cupboard, Vera McGowans, Lords Store, Varsity, Valencia, Stadium, Marshall Field's, Wieboldt's, street cars!,I lived on Pratt Court, between Foster and Simpson {still a lovely neighborhood)and I remember Fountain Square. Did you know that the fountain still exists on the corner of Lake and Oak, across the street from St. Mary's?I loved the french fries (my first), from Cooley's Cupboard, Perkins Ice Cream shop across the street from Cooley's,the library, Washington National Insurance Co., where I worked when I got out of high school and the El......which took you to Chicago and down to the Loop!

Since: Jul 07

PARK RIDGE IL.

#13 Sep 20, 2014
Nick wrote:
It is a ghetto. Drive the side streets you feel like you are about to be carjacked!! I was very nervous driving thru a street when I got turned around. The thugs on the corner 2 blocks from the high school were looking at me and then talking at each other and it wasn't IMO friendly in nature. Plus the garbage dump nearby doesn't make for a family friendly environment ,again, IMO.
No it's not all that way.

I don't live there but I've been through and you don't know what you're talking about.
Marcia

Fernandina Beach, FL

#14 Jun 11, 2015
What was the name of the ice cream shop on Davis street close to Chandlers?
Jeff W

Skokie, IL

#15 Jun 12, 2015
Marcia wrote:
What was the name of the ice cream shop on Davis street close to Chandlers?
That was Peacock's Ice Cream. I loved their Peach flavored ice cream.
Jeff W

Skokie, IL

#16 Jun 12, 2015
MIKETOUHY wrote:
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No it's not all that way.
I don't live there but I've been through and you don't know what you're talking about.
MikeTouhy, Nick is entitled to his opinion about his experience as you are. And he didn't say it was all that way. Some parts of Evanston are still beautiful but some are very much run down and ghetto like. If your only experience is that you've "been through" it, you most likely haven't seen all of it.

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