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Old 09-30-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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Kinetic Playground, originally the Electric Theater. I saw Led Zeppelin open for the Vanilla Fudge there. Also saw a show with Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Buddy Rich and The Who.

The Aragon was a psychedelic joint for awhile, called the Cheetah. I saw the Moby Grape there, undoubtedly the tightest and hardest rocking of the hippie bands.
I was also there at Kinetic and saw Zeppelin,Cocker.Who and so many great groups the best time of my life and naturally the meditation booths..lol
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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Pipers Alley was one of my fav. places. Back in 1965, I ran, literally bump into Jimi Hendrix as I was leaving pipers and I'm like " Man that guy looks familiar" Then it dawn on me who it was, so I turned around and ran back but he had turn into a music club ( forgot the name of the club) I was to young to go in and just looked thru the windows..My kids love this story..LOL
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Old 09-30-2014, 01:02 PM
 
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Some old pictures
Aardvark Cinematheque in Chicago, IL - Cinema Treasures

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Brief history of Pipers Alley (scroll down a bit)
Ask Geoffrey: 5/7 | Chicago Tonight | WTTW
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:36 PM
 
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In 1967 I was 15 yrs. old. I lied about my age to get a job at a great restaurant on Wells St. called "Little Pleasures". A girl that worked there was temporarily moving back to N.Y. so she sub-let her room in an Apt. that, was located, more than less, above Piper's Alley. My bedroom window looked out on the Alley bout midway down. Unbeknownst to my at the time, naive 15 yr. old mind, the older than I was, people that also lived in the Apt. were ah ... dealing drugs.... How dare they. One night we were all sitting around and all of the sudden the front door came off the hinges and Chicago's finest , we called them "Pig's" at the time, entered and proceeded to bust the place up. Accused me of being a girl because my hair was long and asked each other if they should check to see. They found no drugs because as it turned out, I was to learn that these folk knew where to hide such things. After working at Little Pleasures, I managed to get hired at "The House of Lewis." While working there I learned about, let's just say. how the city worked at the time i.e. pay offs to assure that your establishment did not get robbed/ burned to the ground ect. When ever I went to The Man at Ease, which was a lot,
I begged the owners to let me work there because to me at 15/16 yrs. old, that represented the coolest of cool places. Believe it or not eventually they gave in a gave me a job. By that time they had moved it to Clark St. I too met many Rock stars via working at the "Man at Ease" or "The House of Lewis". One night at "The Electric Theater", I was somehow allowed backstage and there met Pete Townsend. I played Guitar at the time and I remember that he was really nice and showed me a couple of riffs, maybe twenty minutes before he went on stage. Ended up one night at a Party that Led Zeppelin through in there Hotel. I remember that they seemed either tired or bored. Many, many memorable nights at the Electric Theater. Looking back, sometimes I think that at 15/16/17 yrs. old, during those years, maybe I saw just a little too much....... as in > When I lived on Well's in 1967 there were Army Tanks on Wells St. and helicopters flying above because of the Detroit Riots/how other cities, Chicago, was responding to them/the Detroit riots. The police cars had tape on their roofs so the helicopters could I.D. them as Police because there was a curfew in effect for a couple of days and as such no one was allowed on the street, in a car or on foot after, I think I remember 5pm. I was directly involved in the the protest Marches during the 1968 Chicago DNC. I remember the bus loads of police in riot gear. I remember running from their swinging batons. I remember LoVe In's in Lincoln Park. Needless to say I lived/breathed Wells St. during the 60's and my ah formidable years. I hope that some can relate to what I wrote &/or enjoy "the trip I experienced". "Have you been experienced, well I have".
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:20 AM
 
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Piper's Alley was the very heart of Old Town and a favorite spot to visit in the 1960's. My pals and I would take the El down from Evanston to explore all the edgy, far out places so different from our home turf. A gas lamp marked the entrance to the narrow passageway or alley that would lead you to an open air courtyard, surrounded by small shops and restaurants. This was a place like no other. The uneven brick pavement, the constant sound of a large antique music box, always the smells of the colorful soaps, candles and incense made Pipers Alley a little bit of San Francisco right in Chicago. In an era of shiny bright stores with gleaming surfaces, the shops in Piper's alley were decidedly crude with home made shelves, merchandise in barrels or hanging from hooks. There were oscillating fans instead of air conditioning, and lots of fixtures connected with extension cords. I guess the inspectors must have looked the other way back then. We were the "weekend hippies" visiting from the suburbs. It was easy to identify us as such, since the real hippies usually looked a little grimy, strung out, and underfed.
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:22 PM
 
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I loved walking in the store that sold Tiffany Lamps, i was amazed, they had them hanging from the ceiling and also free standing Tiffany Lamps. I loved the black light poster store that also sold candles and incense. i wasn't intersted in smoking pot, but i loved the other stuff, plus they had buttons you could wear with sayings on them, you know like what is called "flair".. or whatever you call them. so cool. and that porno house was the Bijou theatre. we wouldn't walk farther south than the Bijou, too scary for my 15 year old self from the northwest side that was the end of Old Town going south.

But i seem to remember thinking Old Town in 1972 started at Fullerton on the north end of Old Town, but when i walk down there now, i dont think it went that far.. was that just New Town? i just thought when i hit Fullerton and walked south, that there were more stores there, maybe they got torn down being gentrified and thats why it looks just like apartments and condos now??? what do you all remember was at Fullerton??? was that Old Town??
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:43 PM
 
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But i seem to remember thinking Old Town in 1972 started at Fullerton on the north end of Old Town, but when i walk down there now, i dont think it went that far.. was that just New Town? i just thought when i hit Fullerton and walked south, that there were more stores there, maybe they got torn down being gentrified and thats why it looks just like apartments and condos now??? what do you all remember was at Fullerton??? was that Old Town??
Fullerton is well north of Old Town. I lived near Clark & Division in 1970-ish, and that was north of Old Town itself, though it was dubbed the 'Old Town Triangle'. It was also know as the 'gay triangle' and was an interesting and great place to live, in those years.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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I grew up in Chicago and went to high school in the '90s... Old Town / Pipers Alley wasn't anything special, by that time. Other than going to Second City once, I can't say I ever had any reason to go to that area. My friends and I would go to the malls, to Michigan Avenue, to Clark Street (Century Mall), and for bars either downtown Near North or Lincoln Park. Piper's Alley did not "last" in Chicago anywhere as long as Haight/Ashbury lasted in San Francisco.

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YJeffrey Behr who makes those video documenaries about Chicago, on the one where its the Boomer Years (Remembering Chicago)... in that video he includes Old Town, and also other hippie things, that would also give you a feel for the place. Especially if you watch the part about the Psychodelic Playground, which was I think on Lawrence and Broadway (the Aragon area); and this might give you what you are looking for.
Yes - this was on WTTW 11 over the holidays. And it was the first time I had seen any video or heard the full story of Chicago's hippie central. It was pretty awesome, I'm sad I missed out.
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I grew up in Chicago and went to high school in the '90s... Old Town / Pipers Alley wasn't anything special, by that time. Other than going to Second City once, I can't say I ever had any reason to go to that area. My friends and I would go to the malls, to Michigan Avenue, to Clark Street (Century Mall), and for bars either downtown Near North or Lincoln Park. Piper's Alley did not "last" in Chicago anywhere as long as Haight/Ashbury lasted in San Francisco.



Yes - this was on WTTW 11 over the holidays. And it was the first time I had seen any video or heard the full story of Chicago's hippie central. It was pretty awesome, I'm sad I missed out.
My Mom lived in the area during that time and whenever I asked her about it she would say the "hippies" would get on the bus barefooted with dirty feet lol .

I grew up on the Northside but past the "hippie" days, although my elementary school was walking distance to Old Town and Bizaar Bizarr (sp?) was still around as was the haunted house, and Ripley's. From time to time we would go there.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:52 PM
 
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In 1967 I was 15 yrs. old. I lied about my age to get a job at a great restaurant on Wells St. called "Little Pleasures". A girl that worked there was temporarily moving back to N.Y. so she sub-let her room in an Apt. that, was located, more than less, above Piper's Alley. My bedroom window looked out on the Alley bout midway down. Unbeknownst to my at the time, naive 15 yr. old mind, the older than I was, people that also lived in the Apt. were ah ... dealing drugs.... How dare they. One night we were all sitting around and all of the sudden the front door came off the hinges and Chicago's finest , we called them "Pig's" at the time, entered and proceeded to bust the place up. Accused me of being a girl because my hair was long and asked each other if they should check to see. They found no drugs because as it turned out, I was to learn that these folk knew where to hide such things. After working at Little Pleasures, I managed to get hired at "The House of Lewis." While working there I learned about, let's just say. how the city worked at the time i.e. pay offs to assure that your establishment did not get robbed/ burned to the ground ect. When ever I went to The Man at Ease, which was a lot,
I begged the owners to let me work there because to me at 15/16 yrs. old, that represented the coolest of cool places. Believe it or not eventually they gave in a gave me a job. By that time they had moved it to Clark St. I too met many Rock stars via working at the "Man at Ease" or "The House of Lewis". One night at "The Electric Theater", I was somehow allowed backstage and there met Pete Townsend. I played Guitar at the time and I remember that he was really nice and showed me a couple of riffs, maybe twenty minutes before he went on stage. Ended up one night at a Party that Led Zeppelin through in there Hotel. I remember that they seemed either tired or bored. Many, many memorable nights at the Electric Theater. Looking back, sometimes I think that at 15/16/17 yrs. old, during those years, maybe I saw just a little too much....... as in > When I lived on Well's in 1967 there were Army Tanks on Wells St. and helicopters flying above because of the Detroit Riots/how other cities, Chicago, was responding to them/the Detroit riots. The police cars had tape on their roofs so the helicopters could I.D. them as Police because there was a curfew in effect for a couple of days and as such no one was allowed on the street, in a car or on foot after, I think I remember 5pm. I was directly involved in the the protest Marches during the 1968 Chicago DNC. I remember the bus loads of police in riot gear. I remember running from their swinging batons. I remember LoVe In's in Lincoln Park. Needless to say I lived/breathed Wells St. during the 60's and my ah formidable years. I hope that some can relate to what I wrote &/or enjoy "the trip I experienced". "Have you been experienced, well I have".
I'm pretty certain that we each lived in the same apartment over Piper's Alley, but you in 1967 and me in 1968. Check out this previous discussion. I have a lot of posts on that thread:

memories of living in the city for those over 50
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