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Old 12-08-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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You must be pretty young. I remember it.

They finished straightening the northbound side in 1985 and the southbound side in 1986.

WTTW - Chicago's Lakefront with Geoffrey Baer | Then & Now

Lake Shore Drive at AllExperts (http://en.allexperts.com/e/l/la/lake_shore_drive.htm - broken link)
Thanks for the links. The most memorable thing I've been to was Grant Park, November 4, 2008.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
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Yeah, Goldblatts sold real good pound cake and cheap too. To get you in the store I guess.

I remember the Sears store on the West Side on Homan. They used to have a candy and cookie counter, my Old Man would always get a bag of bridge mix.

Back when Kuppenheimer made nice men's clothing here in Chicago they'd have a sale once a year at their factory over near the Sears, guys would be lined up outside. My Old Man would buy a couple of sports jackets there every year.
My granddad always went to Sears...I never understood why he only bought his tools from there...that was until I got older and had some sense haha

Last I remember, Goldblatts was always on the cheap. I remember there was a short lived Ames and Goldblatts on 87th I went to all the time. I'd say this was the early 2000s?
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Last I remember, Goldblatts was always on the cheap. I remember there was a short lived Ames and Goldblatts on 87th I went to all the time. I'd say this was the early 2000s?

Oh yeah, Goldblatts was cheap. I remember someone bringing back the name with a store or two a few years ago.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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I've posted this photo of the Turtle Wax building before but it's so cool. Also photos of the London House and Michigan Ave in the 60s






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Old 12-08-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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I've posted this photo of the Turtle Wax building before but it's so cool. Also photos of the London House and Michigan Ave in the 60s





That last picture of water tower is absolutely fantastic.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Bucktown
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Anyone remember Wieboldt's? They were similar to Goldblatt's, weren't they?
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Anyone remember Wieboldt's? They were similar to Goldblatt's, weren't they?
Yeah I remember. To me they were more like a working class Marshall Field's.

The location we went to the most was on Lincoln north of Belmont. The main building is still there. It now holds gym,condos, and Whole Food's regional office.

A man named Richard Longstreth has a great page on Goldblatt's and Wieboldt's stores. Lots of great pics on it too:

Richard W. Longstreth - Bringing "Downtown" to the Neighborhoods: Wieboldt's, Goldblatt's, and the Creation of Department Store Chains in Chicago - Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 14

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Old 12-08-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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- Zayre. In hindsight, this store probably sucked. But it's one of those childhood memories that I can't shake. "We'd like to make Zayre your store!", indeed.
Zayre's was one of the first stores to import a lot of clothing from the far east - and at the time, it was Korea.

In the early 70s, my mother bought me several pairs of double-knit polyester pants from Zayre's. Each time I wore a pair, one of the in-seams would disintegrate. Finally, my mother got out the sewing machines and sewed the pants again.

Zayre's spawned three chains before it disintegrated - TJ Maxx, Hit or Miss, and BK's Wholesale Club. In general, Zayre's was a "hit or miss" store.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Anyone remember Wieboldt's? They were similar to Goldblatt's, weren't they?
Yeah!! I worked at the downtown one for like 2 days. (sales job...I am NOT a sales person)
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Great photos, Tom!
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