Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Links

Couple of links we're adding to the side bar. Thanks to the readers who e-mailed them this way.

First up is BluTube.com. The site is similar in nature to the Blue Sheepdog site that we have listed in the right hand column. Tons of videos, lots of police related products, a passworded message board. Worth a look.

Next is Forgotten Chicago. Lots of old photos, maps and just a whole boatload of history that is all but swept up, demolished or hidden from view. Here are a couple of photos just to show you what's over there and steer some traffic their way (click for bigger picture):

Anyone remember when the old "S curve" was really an "S" and was rightfully called "dead man's curve" many Friday nights? Now it's all condos and tourist traps. Or the old Lake Shore Drive split around the Field Museum and Soldier Field:

And these aren't even the best shots. They've got stuff from the neighborhoods, buildings that don't exist anymore, history destroyed in the name of progress. We're sure there are cops out there and more than a few retirees who might be able to tell some stories about bunches of the neighborhood shots and even some history buffs with pictures that the Forgotten Chicago web owners would be interested in.

It'd certainly be interesting to see if they could set up a Police and Fire section with pictures of the old stations and such.



Anonymous Mike Damian said...

police and fire sections are certainly in the works! thanks for the traffic!

11/20/2007 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgotten Chicago is an intersting site, I think there's several neighborhoods that could still use the public bath houses.

11/20/2007 02:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had this idea for some time now, just been either too busy or too lazy to do anything about it, and it's this: to create a comprehensive collection of standardized images of every public building built prior to WW II that's still standing.

Digital photography has made this task much easier and less expensive than it seemed when I first had the thought of doing it.
Now, the only thing holding me back is being both retired and lazy.

Maybe I'll live long enough to overcome the laziness.

11/20/2007 04:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great old photos. You have to give Daley credit for these improvements. That "S" was horribly unsafe and now I am able to walk freely around the museum campus without having to dodge cars like Frogger.

11/20/2007 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago was a Great town then! Now it is yups from Michigan. Just look at the job and all the hair gel.

11/20/2007 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site thanks!

11/20/2007 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff

11/20/2007 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "S" curve was more like a "Z" curve.

11/20/2007 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

That's so cool!
Do any s/w siders remember:
Faisanos? (sp?) They had the best pies in Bedford Park. Marzano's bowling... and the old fire house on central ave that's now an apt. building.

11/20/2007 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site.

I love vintage photographs of Chicago in the city's heyday.

I miss the grittyness this city once had.

There was so much character to the city back then. And of course there was so much manufacturing when this city was so great (It's still the best in my mind but I don't know how long that will last given all the greed, graft and clout).

It once was the case when a dollar was spent in the city, the person that made that dollar was taxed making that buck and when it was spent, it he was taxed and the person who received that dollar was taxed on the profits made manufacturing the service or product and when that dollar was re-spent by another for another product of service made in Chicago , Gary, IN or some other U.S. city, the tax cycle repeated itself over and over and over again with the accumulated tax revenues from those repeated domestic transactions going toward supporting schools, roads, bridges, police, fire and other needs right here in Chicago and in other U.S. cities.

Now we don't manufacture squat and the dollars are spent once-and-done in the U.S. with the better portion of that dollar going to China for stuff that kills are pets or poisons are kids and if those products are inferior there's a whole lot more out there that is crap.

It's fucked.

That's another big reason there is so much underfunding of local needs.

Of Course, these new politicans are far bigger feather bedders then those of the past, making it all worse.

Richard the First loved the power more then he loved the $, I think. He lived very modestly in the Bridgeport bungalow. The kids are greedy, greedy, greedy.

OK, off rambling.

Anyway, that S curve picture brought back a lot of memories for me.

In 1968 I lived in the area. I was 10 years old. My school mates father was the building engineer for 505 Lake Shore Dr. We use to stand on the roof of 505 and goof around. We were lucky we didn't get blown of the roof from heavy winds goofing around up there.


11/20/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about stock car races at Soldier Field?

11/20/2007 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't there a campbell's soup co on pulaski, going over the hill?

11/20/2007 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that old S curve was very unforgiving on a rain or ice slick night. The way the walls were banked caused many a fast moving car to flip over.
I remember a PO worked downtown in the building boom period of the 70s. He would wait until they tore an old building down than he would take pictures from the perspective of where the building was. Once they built a new building the view he got would never be visible again. I wonder what ever happened to him or his pictures.

11/20/2007 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/20/2007 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing about Riverview,now the fighten(lol)019.
I wonder why it closed...........

11/20/2007 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous townhall terminator said...

Well 2:23am, there's a modern bath house on Halsted, just north of Belmont. But its only for certain clientele. If your from that group,anything goes while your in there.
Try setting up a bath house, where
lets say a young herto male policeman can go in after work, and he's immed. surrounded by a hundred young bonita women(pref. asians)wrapped only in towels.And anything goes after he chooses.
I call that the ol' liberal double standard,because its cool that boystown has their bath house.
Maybe goudie can do some "crusin" in there undercover and expose the
Or perhaps the 44th ward alder(?)man can gather all his local footguys and do one big raid!

11/20/2007 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I got out of the service first new car I ever bought was a 1967 Shelby GT-350.Spent many a night on that S curve pretending I was Lee Petty seeing how fast I could take that curve.Scared the crap out of myself more than once!Ah to be young again thinking your indestructible,wish I still had that car.Thanks for the memories.

11/20/2007 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't there a campbell's soup co on pulaski, going over the hill?

The campbells soup factory was at 35th and California.

11/20/2007 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to send the editors of that website an email about some interesting, forgotten places in Chgo, but cant find their address anywhere at the site. Anybody know it?

11/20/2007 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember my first trip downtown in the 60s, I must have been about 4 or 5, before they started construction on the Hancock or Standard Oil.

Headed up to the top of the Prudential with my grandfather and thought I was on top of the world.

Now, you can barely spot the Pru for all the monuments to bad architecture they've put up.

11/20/2007 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the sheridan drive-in, the old, heavy speakers for the car & 'planet of the apes'

of course the old ford city mall with the strange yet appealing peacock alley & the bowling alley

continental can factory

11/20/2007 08:06:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

Up until yesterday, all their e-mail addresses were listed in the INFO section. They seem to be updating various parts of their site daily. Maybe they'll relist it shortly.

11/20/2007 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

leomemorial said...
That's so cool!
Do any s/w siders remember:
Faisanos? (sp?) They had the best pies in Bedford Park. Marzano's bowling... and the old fire house on central ave that's now an apt. building.

11/20/2007 11:04:00 AM

Yeah! I remember as a kid walking with my mother to buy broken pies at Fasano's on 65th St. in Bedford Park; right across from the Chicago side of the street; near Narragansett Ave. I think they were 29 cents!!! And, I bowled at all 3 Marzano's: Miami on Archer & Pulaski, the one on 63rd St. near Kedzie and the one on 63 St near Central. 3 games for 99 cents.
Ah, good old days in Chicago.

11/20/2007 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fasanos Pies was 65th st just west of central so.side of street.Awesome pies first girl I $&#%@% worked there, she was awesome too

11/20/2007 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous A Southsider forever said...

Such a cool site and so timely with Thanksgiving two days away. Even though I grew up on the southside, our family vacation consisted of making the trek up to Riverview and going to Rainbow beach. That was in the 50's and very early 60's. My parents worked different shifts so someone was always home with my brother and myself, so there was no such thing as thinking of going to Disneyland or the Wisconsin Dells. We toured all over downtown and believe it or not, a treat was to go to Chernin's for shoes followed by a Maxwell Street polish and my mom bitching about how bad the car smelled for weeks!

11/20/2007 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Campbell's soup was just east of california on 35th St. Free soup!

11/20/2007 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't there a campbell's soup co on pulaski, going over the hill?

The campbells soup factory was at 35th and California.
11/20/2007 05:03:00 PM

Yes Campbell’s soup was off 35th & California. You maybe remembering the Nabisco (cookie) factory “going over the hill” at 76th & Kedzie.

11/20/2007 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I lived in FL, I met a fellow Chicagoan who knew the Fasano's. He said that when the owners got older, the kids didn't want to run the company... supposedly. I thought the soup co. was closer to clearing, but I was born in Elsdon and all I can remember is the huge soup can and smell. does anyone remember the old woolworths in the old ford city mall and the lunch counter?

11/20/2007 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger Serhii said...

6:11 pm, our emails were offline for most of today but they are now fixed, on our info page, or


feel free to email us!

11/21/2007 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous young in the late 60's said...

A cool evening for us was to go to Diversey/Pulaski to Olsen Rug's(?)
If u didnt go too far south in those days, u wern't going to get hurt.............
By the way ,WHY did Riverview close?

11/21/2007 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Rheem water heaters 77th and Kedzie, the old "Jakter" hotel at 47th and kedzie where the women worked the bar and corners, Peter pan peanut butter plant at 48th and spaulding, F&F labs at 48th and St louis (made smith brothers cough drops), The colony-marquette-highway theatres!

11/21/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original "Gerties" ice cream 59th and kedzie!

11/21/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a link to a video of a Utah trooper tasing a motorist for not signing a citation! Man, police hiring today leaves a lot to be desired.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMaMYL_shxc&eurl=http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7523456

11/21/2007 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's a link to a blog that has a lot of old southwest side pictures:


11/21/2007 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the companies named Campbells soup, Rhemm water heater, US Steel, have all relocated to Mexico. It's a shame.

11/22/2007 03:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the Millionaire's Club?

11/24/2007 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous mike said...

ForgottenChicago.com now has a message board. come discuss chicago nostalgia!

11/27/2007 12:36:00 AM  

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