Sometimes you never know what will wind up in your mailbox.  About a month ago I received these four photos from Keith Wiener, one of the blog’s followers.  The photos were taken over a period of time by Gus Wiener, his father, who lived on Aster Lane in Hoffman Estates.  What a wonderful surprise!  And Mr. Wiener has graciously allowed me to share them with you.

They show many buildings and businesses that are no longer around.  Here’s what I see in each photo.  If you see something I don’t, please feel free to post a comment!

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This photo is looking south at the intersection of Golf and Roselle Roads.  Roselle Road appears to be four lanes at this point.  From left to right I can see the Standard station that was on the northeast corner of the intersection.  Across Golf Road is the Robert Hall Village store with its large sign of bright orange neon lettering.   Robert Hall was at this location until late 1973/early 1974 when it relocated to Barrington Square.  That is a good indication that this photo was taken in the early 1970s.

Further south is the back of a square white building with a slightly gabled roof.  This is Rogner’s Shell Station that was on the northeast corner of Higgins and Roselle Roads.

Across Roselle Road is Suburban Bank with its green neon sign.  This brown, fortress-style building is still near the corner and has gone through a number of name changes in the intervening years.   Today it is a branch of BMO/Harris Bank.

Finally, across Golf Road and on the front right portion of the photo is a Citgo gas station.  This corner is now vacant but prior to the building’s tear down, it contained a Shell station.

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This photo also shows a building that is no longer in existence.  It is Woodfield Lanes bowling alley that was on the north side of Golf Road between Plum Grove and Roselle Roads.  It was built in 1979 and torn down in 2001 to make way for the Woodfield Lexus dealership.  Because the trees and shrubbery near the building look fairly small, this photo must have been taken in 1979 or, possibly, 1980.  Mr. Weiner lived nearby so he may have taken the photo BECAUSE it was new.

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This photo is the most intriguing to me.  According to Keith, the photo was taken from his father’s backyard on Aster Lane.  It looks west down Golf Road and it is only by looking closely that I noticed in the background to the right there are some high-rise buildings.  That would mean those buildings are the Towers of Schaumburg which opened in 1975.  (It was later XXI Kristin Place and is now known as The XXI.)  The other buildings to the left of the grove of trees are Village in the Park apartments that began construction in 1970 and opened in the spring of 1971.

Then there’s the farm off to the right in the foreground of the photo. I am told this was the Wilkening Farm–which makes sense since Wilkening Road now bisects Golf Road at this point.  It’s nice when things come together like this.

Obviously, this photo was taken in the mid to late 1970s or early 1980s after the Towers of Schaumburg were developed.

Keith 1We are again back to Golf Road.  In the background of the center of the photo is the Motorola tower.  And, to the right is the sign for Carlos Murphy’s.  Remember that restaurant?  It opened around 1984 and was quite a hotspot until 2001.  It is now the site for the Bahama Breeze restaurant.  My only question?  Is that the restaurant off to the left in mid-construction?

If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to comment here or pass them onto me by email.   Just trying to get this history correct with your help!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. jkunzer Says:

    Hello Jane. 21 Kristen Place was built in 1976, and yes I’m pretty sure that building is Carlos Murphy’s (although Bahama Breeze is currently in that location, it is a different building). Thanks, Keith, for sharing these photos.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for bringing me up to speed on some of the dates regarding 21 Kristin Place. I was going off of the date in the Village of Schaumburg Community Profile and it has the final plat approval for the year 1992. After getting your comment, I decided to look into it a bit more and found that the groundbreaking was in July, 1974 and the opening happened in the spring/summer of 1975. Almost a 20 year difference!

      I also looked into Carlos Murphy’s and confirmed that it closed in 2001. An article in the “Daily Herald” mentioned that Darden Restaurants intended to tear down the restaurant and construct the new Bahama Breeze. You are completely correct.

      Thank you for helping me get our history right on track!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  2. Kashipan Says:

    These are fantastic photos!!! It’s got to be during the 80’s, the ones featuring the barren, yet to be developed landscape around Kristin Place, though, hasn’t it? I remember it being pretty well built up there already by the 90s. 🙂 Ahhh, Carlos Murphy’s….My favorite birthday destination in the 80s. Loved that place. Thanks for the memories, as always!

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Kashipan,

      I’ve updated the blog posting after hearing from some of you. Kristin Place opened in 1975 so this photo has to be sometime after that–possibly, as you said, during the 80’s.

      And, I agree with you on Carlos Murphy’s. I always liked that place. Didn’t it have the same sort of menu as Chi Chi’s?

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  3. Keith Says:

    Your welcome jkunzer.

  4. Dan Says:

    Keith, these are fantastic shots, thank you. Was just at Golf & Roselle today and it’s interesting to see what’s the same and what’s gone. The only thing I can see in the shot that’s still today as it was in this photo is the Firestone.

    I’ve been looking to find early pictures of the Schaumburg Corners shopping center that is just out of view in the first shot. From 1973-1976 there was a Zayre followed by a Kmart from 1976-94. There was also a Dominick’s and Walgreens at the south end of the center with smaller shops between the anchors. The outlots at the time were the Standard gas station we see in this shot and just north of the Standard would have been a Church’s Chicken.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Dan,

      Thank you so much for your comment. Just wait for another upcoming blog posting! Keith has passed on a few more shots that you will find very interesting. His generosity and the foresight of his father are really making things interesting.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

      P.S. I had completely forgotten about that Church’s Chicken. I used to go through the drive-thru on my way home and order the spicy chicken nuggets and french fries. I think the drive-thru was added on after the building was constructed. It always seemed like a bit of an afterthought to me but I sure appreciated having a takeout restaurant on that side of Roselle Road. The only other one was Burger King and it’s gone now too. Sad.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  5. DN Says:

    I agree with the first person who responded. Kristin Place (the building) was built before 1992. As a kid i remember it had a big red “21” sign on it in the 70’s. It started out as apartments in the early 70’s. Found an article on chicagomag that also shows it as apartments in early 70’s ( I recall being very little and getting in trouble for playing in the elevators while my Mom was visiting a co-worker from Joe Dini’s Hair Express which I believe also was in Schaumburg out near Weathersfield Way.

    I also remember being intrigued as a kid by this oil can display the Citgo had in their window. It was an oil can that looked like its contents were pouring out of it. Don’t know why (most likely because hey i was a little kid) but I would stare at that thing anytime we went there…lol.

    I worked at the Dominick’s in the early 80’s that was mentioned in the post and also remember (know in the 70’s but not sure about 80’s) you could see the top of the farm’s silo if you stood in the parking lot, facing the Dominick’s and Walgreens. I do not recall seeing the actual farm house until these pics so that puts another piece of the puzzle in place for me 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these, Keith! Love looking at old pictures of how I remember that area.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello DN,

      I’ve since updated the dates on the blog posting for 21 Kristin Place–thanks to your comment and others. Doing this type of history on a blog allows me to make changes and make sure everything is as correct as possible.

      Look for additional photos from Keith within in the next few weeks. His father was quite the active photographer of the area back in the 70’s and 80’s. You should like the results!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

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