Last week I wrote a brief history of the first Town Square Shopping Center that opened in 1970 on the southwest corner of the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads.  The center stayed in business until 1995 when it was purchased by the Village of Schaumburg.  During those 24 years of operation, many businesses came and went.  Below is a list of some of those establishments that occupied the low-slung, one-story, rustic mall that started operations just as the area was really taking off.Town Square 1

  • All American Army Surplus
  • Always Andrea
  • Anna Marie Dance Studios
  • The Art Mart
  • Beverly’s Shop
  • The Big Banjo (a restaurant that served pizza, ribs and chicken)
  • Bolger Realtors (?)
  • Calabrese Pizza
  • The Candy Barrel  (a specialty shop fondly remembered by many of those who grew up in the area)
  • Chez de Noux Coiffures  (hair salon)
  • Coins C. Stamps
  • Design III Interiors
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Fenton’s Window Fashions
  • Geronimo Birnbottom  (jeans and tops)
  • Green Apple (dress and jeans shop)
  • Homefinders (realtor)
  • Musacci’s Pizzeria
  • Norge Town Cleaners
  • Northwest Uniforms
  • Nosh Nook
  • Paddock Restaurant
  • Pizza Amore
  • Radio Schack
  • Ray’s Heating & Plumbing
  • Red Carpet Realtors
  • ReMax Realtors
  • Reno’s Upholstery
  • Resource (Fashions for women)
  • Schaumburg Auto Parts
  • Silver Reef (baseball cards)
  • The Stop  (a restaurant that is often mentioned and must beloved by those who enjoyed its hotdogs, hamburgers and other sandwiches)
  • Town Square Electrologists
  • Town Square Grog Shop (probably one of the most popular tenants of the shopping center and, certainly, the most visible from Roselle Road)
  • Town Square Hairstylists
  • Town Square Pharmacy (a long-time drug store owned and operated from 1971 until 1985 by Cliff Skarr who was also president of the Olde Schaumburg Center Commission)
  • Triangle Pet Center
  • V.F.W. Post 2202
  • Village Gate Realtors

This is a list of some of the tenants of the Medical Building that was at the west end of the shopping portion of Town Square–and not the separate building that came later.  This building contained six medical offices.

  • Dr. Lewis Hirsch—general dentist
  • Dr. Alberto Armas–pediatrician
  • Dr. Bruce Peterson–optometrist
  • Dr. Phillip La Spina—internal medicine
  • Mr. Joseph Bruns–physical therapy
  • Dr. Daniel Uditsky–general dentist
  • Dr. Emanuel Uditsky–general dentist (father of Daniel)

If you know of any others that I’ve missed, please send in your comments.  It’s nice to have as complete a list as possible.  Next week, the story of the Grog Shop and its origins!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Thank you to Dr. Daniel Uditsky for sharing the information on the Medical Building.


  1. Says:

    I remember there was a lab where I got xrays

  2. Betsy Armistead Says:

    I recall Bistro Tomato, a small, cafe type restaruant which was in operation in the late 80s or ealry 90s, owned by a member of Schaumburg’s Cultural Commission. Also, Dr. Bruce Peterson, optometrist.

  3. Steve Engelman Says:

    I seem to remember a bank of some sort there possibly, as well as an Army surplus store.

  4. Chris Seminaro Says:

    Right next door to the Art shop was the Anna Marie Dance Studio, I also remember a “bath shop” that sold towels and other accessories but don’t remember the name

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the addition Chris! I was happy to add the Anna Marie Dance Studio to the list. If you–or anyone else–remembers the name of the bath shop, I’ll add that name as well.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  5. Norm Says:

    Barones too! That came after the Big Banjo I believe

  6. Kris Says:

    Dr. Heyward my orthodontist was in Town Square. We lived in The Highlands ’63 – ’14. I went to Frost JH – class of 73 and when I had an ortho appt, my school bus driver, Pat – bus #4 (why do I remember that?) would let me out on Roselle Road. Then I would take a cab home after the appointment. Can you imagine any parent allowing their 12 y.o. doing that now? I bought my first “expensive” grown up outfit for work at the Green Apple. I would get lunch at the The Stop from time to time when I worked across the street at Suburban Bank of Hoffman-Schaumburg.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Kris,

      Thank you for the additional details about Town Square. It is difficult to imagine 12 year-olds moving around Schaumburg Township like that today–or a school bus dropping you off on Roselle Road at an unscheduled stop. Pretty amazing how times have changed!

      I know The Stop was quite the popular place. Many employees at the library stopped by for lunch too!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  7. Bob Says:

    All American Army Surplus was the name of the surplus store

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