The year 1968 was a big one for Hanover Park.  Anne Fox School opened.  A new fire station on Maple Street opened.  And, commercially speaking, the village’s largest business venture opened as the Tradewinds Shopping Center.

In 1967 3H Building Corporation purchased the Melvin Lichthardt farm that stood at the northeast corner of Irving Park and Barrington Roads.  [From Camelot to Metropolis, Ralph Feeley, 1976]  Development began shortly thereafter, and in 1968 the $3.5 million,  200,000 square foot shopping center opened.  [Chain Store Age]

It wasn’t until 1969 that Dominick’s and Zayre, the two large anchors, opened.  Zayre opened October 8 in 80,000 square feet while Dominicks, with Bob Johnson as the manager, opened December 13 in a 30,000 square foot store that eventually expanded to 65,000 square feet.

The ad for Dominicks described it as “a truly modern and beautiful food store that was created and designed to make shopping an adventure, a pleasurable experience, the last word in exceptional convenience.”  Given away that day were 40 bushels of groceries, gifts, balloons, piggy banks, and aprons and nylons for the ladies.

The shopping center really came into its own on July 6, 1973 (per commenter Dan, below) when the Tradewinds Cinema I and II opened as twin theaters. During those intervening years between 1968 and 1973, the shopping center had boomed with the following stores:

  • Walgreens
  • Peter Pan Cleaners
  • Hanover Park Interior Lighting
  • Hanover Fabrics (November 1970)
  • Lincoln Realty
  • Tri-Village Realty

Outbuildings in the shopping center included the First State Bank & Trust Company of Hanover Park and, more popularly, the St. George and The Dragon restaurant.  This was the third restaurant in the old English-themed chain that featured pickles and peanuts at every table.

The shopping center eventually included the Hanover Park branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library, Ames and later Value City Furniture that took over the Zayre space, Rahl Jewelers, Hallmark and Radio Shack.

Unfortunately, during the first decade of the 2000’s the shopping center began to decline.  Dominick’s pulled out sometime between 2002 and 2005.  The theaters also closed during this time period.  Then, in a double whammy in 2006, the library moved to its new branch on Irving Park Road and Menards purchased the entire shopping center property for about $9 million in preparation for their new store that stands there today.

This perpetually busy corner, with the Tradewinds Shopping Center as its anchor, was a go-to spot for anyone living in Hanover Park for many years.  Many stores came and went over the years besides those listed above.  Can you help complete the list?  Send in your comments or email me at the address below and I’ll add them as they come in.  Thanking you in advance for your inclusions!

Businesses in the Tradewinds Shopping Center:

  • Allied Electronics
  • Ames
  • Blockbuster Video in the outlot on the corner
  • B. Dalton bookstore in the Library location before the library
  • Barbara’s Hallmark
  • Clyde Federal Savings
  • Collin’s Fireplace and Patio
  • Corky’s lunch counter in the Walgreens
  • Dominick’s
  • First State Bank & Trust Company of Hanover Park
  • Full House (formerly St. George and The Dragon)
  • Hair Cuttery
  • Hair Performers
  • Hanover Fabrics
  • Hanover Park Interior Lighting
  • Hear Here Records (possibly?)
  • Hit or Miss
  • Household Finance
  • Jack Robbins Menswear
  • Just Jeans
  • Kinney Shoes
  • Leslie’s Pool Supplies
  • Lincoln Realty
  • MC Sports
  • Morgan Optometrist
  • Peter Pan Cleaners
  • Radio shack
  • Rahl Jewelers
  • Rent-A-Center
  • Ron’s Hobby Center
  • Saxon Paint & Home Care Center
  • St. George and The Dragon
  • Star Cleaners
  • Subway
  • Swanson’s Crafts and Hobbies (Jack Swanson, proprietor)
  • TCBY Yogurt
  • Three Flags Restaurant
  • Toni’s Conversation Clothes
  • Tony’s Pants
  • Tradewinds Barber Shop
  • Tradewinds Cinema 1 & 2
  • Tradewinds Coiffures
  • Tradewinds Pets & Supplies  (Ed Meinberg, owner)
  • Tri-Village Realty
  • Value City Furniture
  • Venture
  • Walgreens
  • Winchell’s Donuts
  • Young Set
  • Zayre

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

[The photos were taken by the library prior to the Hanover Park branch moving into the shopping center in 1993.]


  1. Dan Says:

    My family frequented this center in the 1980s so I remember a few details and have researched a few more.

    The theater opened on July 6th, 1973. It was demolished in early 2006. From what I remember, it was a super small theater.

    I also remember there being a Hallmark, Rent-a-center, a jeweler and a barber shop. I did read somewhere too that the Walgreens at this location had a lunch counter. The restaurant on the outlet was a Blockbuster Video at the end. I think it might have been a Ground Round before that.

    The Hanover branch was actually a B. Dalton bookstore prior to it becoming a library.

    The Zayre turned into an Ames around 1988 when Ames bought Zayre after bankruptcy.

    This was a great article. I’d love to see a similar one on Barrington Square. I always viewed the two centers as very similar… both had Dominick’s and Walgreens stores, movie theaters, and a department store.

  2. Kassie Says:

    There was a restaurant named Corkys I believe.

    • Sam Marsala Says:

      For all of you Streamwood Hanover Park history hungry people like me, FACEBOOK search the following:
      (Growing up in Hanover Park/Streamwood in the 70s/80s)

      There are pictures of places and hundreds of comments from people who remember and share things that they remember of Old Hanover Park and Streamwood. Enjoy. The record store you may be thinking of may have been called (Record Hut).

  3. Dan Says:

    Yes, Corky’s was the name of the restaurant operated by Walgreens, and was named after company president C.R. (Cork) Walgreen III.

    To add some more details, Zayre opened in Tradewinds on October 8th, 1969.

  4. Jane Says:

    Thank you very much for the additions to the blog posting! I have begun a list of businesses and added the information about the date the theater opened. That definitely adds to the history of the Tradewinds Shopping Center.

    I was delighted to do this blog posting when I unearthed the photos of the shopping center. Does anyone have photos of Barrington Square I might be able to use to center around a blog posting?

    I have done a posting on Flip Side Records that was in Barrington Square but, unfortunately, could not include a photo of the store–or the mall. I’ll see what I can track down too, regarding photos of the mall.

    Jane Rozek
    Local History Librarian
    Schaumburg Township District Library

  5. Dan Says:

    I have a picture of FlipSide I found somewhere online and also there is a picture of the interior of the Barrington Square theater on

    Jane, I have a few pictures of Barrington Square of the Menards and also during the demolition of the Menards store.

    Some more additions to the Tradewinds store list: Collins Fireplace & Patio, Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Hair Cuttery, Hit or Miss, and Star Cleaners.

  6. Julie Vanderwest Rowland Says:

    After St. George and the Dragon, I believe the restaurant became Full House. Not Ground Round. Went there often! ♣♦♠♥

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the clarification Julie! I’ve added it to the blog posting.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  7. Joan Beauprez Says:

    I remember a small shop of woman’s clothing & another store where I bought craft items & miniatures for doll houses. The names escape me.

  8. Joan Beauprez Says:

    Jane, at the Roselle History Museum, we have a 1978-79 Telephone Directory which includes Hanover Park. I found ” Toni’s Conversation Clothes “, the shop I remember. ” Swanson’s Crafts & Hobbies ” could be the other name I’m looking for. We also have a 1987 Directory.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the additions Joan! I looked up Swanson’s Crafts & Hobbies in the Newspaper Archive and found that, yes, they were located in the Tradewinds Shopping Center. The proprietor was Jack Swanson.

      I will definitely keep in mind that the Roselle History Museum has a phone book from the 1970s. We are severely lacking phone books from the 1960s through the 1970s. I keep my eye out for any from that time period but they are scarce.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  9. Pete Says:

    There was a Just Jeans store, Rahl Jewlers, Three Flags Restaurant, Hallmark, Allied Electronics/Radio Shack, TCBY, Hanover Park State Bank had a storefront before the bank was built, a men’s suit store all were in Tradewinds at one point.

  10. The Frog Says:

    Ron’s Hobby shop ( Flagship store ) next to Radio Shack. And a record store ( please help with name ) ca. 1979-1980 ( no it wasn’t Flipside ).

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello The Frog,

      I am still looking for the record store and may, in fact, ask the blog’s readers to help on this one. I’ve tried a 1982 phone book and looked through the Newspaper Archive and am not coming up with anything. Hopefully, a blog posting will jog some memories.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  11. Dave Dolgach Says:

    There was also a coin shop and a fish (pet) store

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Dave,

      I am not having any luck with the coin shop but I did find Tradewinds Pets & Supplies. Was that the fish (pet) store?

      I’ll pose these questions on an additional blog posting on the Tradewinds. We’ll see what people come up with!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Brian K Says:

        My first job was at Tradewinds Pets & Supplies. Owned by Ed Meinberg. Later worked at Zayre Dept. Store.

  12. Pete Says:

    I don’t remember any record store in Tradewinds, there was one in Olde Salem Plaza though.

  13. Nick Schneigert Says:

    I use to go to Tradewinds a lot when I was a kid. One store I remembered was Radio Shack that was in between Tradewinds and Dominick’s. You might was to double check, but I think this is correct.

  14. Barbara Compton Says:

    My husband and I grew up in the area when we were kids. We remember a shoe store in the mall, it was either Hush puppy shoes or Buster Brown shoes. It’s funny how we have met so many years later and can talk about all the same places we remember going to as kids. My sister got her first job at the theater as an usher. Thanks for the article it was nice to read.

    • Brian K Says:

      That was neither Hush Puppy, nor Buster Brown shoes.. It was Kinney Shoes as the long-running shoe retailer at Tradewinds.

      • jrozek Says:

        Thank you Brian! The list has been updated.

        Jane Rozek
        Local History Librarian
        Schaumburg Township District Library

  15. Harry Says:

    too bad there is writing across all those pictures,cant see some great things…

  16. Christine Liebke Says:

    There was a hair performer’s in there too.

  17. Jim Says:

    The hot spot for carnivals

  18. Gabe Says:

    You forgot Venture. I believe it took the Zayre location after it closed.

  19. ShetiJ Says:

    Kinney (sp?) Shoes store

  20. Lisa Ducato Says:

    Tony’s pants was there. My first job I ever worked 1982. Took over just jeans.

  21. jrozek Says:

    Thank you, everyone, for all of the additions to this blog post. I added everything, including a few more that I found in the Daily Herald. It is much appreciated!

    Jane Rozek
    Local History Librarian
    Schaumburg Township District Library

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