Hoffman Plaza came up twice this week in conversation.  The first mention revolved around the demolition at the shopping center.   Hoffman Estates Historian Pat Barch wrote about the Plaza’s plans in her January 2017 column in the Hoffman Estates Citizen.  As she mentioned, the south portion of the 58-year-old plaza is being demolished.  I’ve been tracking the progress as I make my commute each day and, one day this week, while driving by, I saw this:


When I looked closer I realized what I was seeing.  It was the roof and brick outline of the original Jewel that opened in Hoffman Plaza.  Hidden for all of these years behind the more modern facade of the plaza were the round barrel roof and brick walls of the first Jewel to make its way to Schaumburg Township.

This Jewel opened in the summer of 1959 and faced Higgins Road.  A line of shops extending to the west towards Roselle Road were connected to it.  Snyder Walgreen Drug Agency was one of those that opened at the same time.  As Pat said in her column, Ben Franklin, Twinbrook Hardware, Turpin Fabrics & Drapery, a beauty shop owned by Frank Vaccaro and a doctor’s office opened later in 1959 and on into 1960.

Maybe you can see something more in these photos:

If you spot anything, chime in and let me know.  And, for those of you who do not live in the area, just a heads up that a Burlington Store is planned for the shopping center. (Click on the photo below and you can see the sign off to the left.)  According to a Daily Herald article from April 19, 2017, a 50,000 square foot store will open in the location of the former Dania furniture store.  With a light now at the entrance to the shopping center on Roselle Road, it should make for some easy shopping!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Many thanks to Pat Barch for jumping in her car to take the photo of the Jewel in the early morning hours and some of the others you see here.  Teardowns can happen so fast that it’s necessary to get there as fast as we can.  I appreciate her alacrity!

Look for another column on Hoffman Plaza next week…


  1. Fred Luft Says:

    One of the first doctors in Hoffman Plaza was Dr. Ivan Vazquez I believe. I remember him making house calls in those early days when us kids were sick.

  2. Dan Says:

    You can see this same situation at the former original Jewel at Weathersfield Commons. Driving around the back of the center, you can see the original arched roof of the Jewel.

    Personally, I think it’s unfortunate that this part of the plaza is coming down. Some would argue it’s progress; others like to see things preserved especially when there is nothing wrong with them.

  3. Marty Oliff Says:

    I would like an original brick from the old Jewel. Does anyone know if it is possible to just walk up and take one?

    Thank you

    • Fred Luft Says:

      Marty, the area is fenced of. I would not just walk up and take a brick. During construction hours when the gate is open, you might want to walk to the construction trailer and ask.

  4. Burt Says:

    Dr. DeRamos went in there in the early 60s.

  5. jkunzer Says:

    Back in the mid-80s I think there was a Gold’s Gym in this strip center and an auto parts store where the Jewel was. Later in the mid-90s I recall a North Beach volleyball there which probably made good use of the arched roof. Am I remembering this correctly? What other shops were in this strip center?

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for 80’s and 90’s listings. Those sometimes fall through the cracks.

      You’re beating me to the punch with all of the businesses. Be sure and check out next week’s blog posting!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  6. Kathy Says:

    I remember the barber shop where my dad got his haircut by Stan the barber. I can still remember the smell of the shaving cream and the white paper he put around my dad’s neck before the stripped cape.

    • Patrick Hysell Says:

      Everybody in town got their haircut there. I went there from when it opened till 1966 when I got drafted.

  7. Clyde chappell Says:

    There was a Ben franklin dime store on the corner, also Rosati’s pizza and the currency exchange

  8. kesoundman Says:

    Great job Jane, Excellent post as usual,, after B’Ginnings we would sometimes go to a restaurant / bar on the corner there,,
    Peppermint Stick ? help me out if I’m wrong here,, thanks, Keith

    • jrozek Says:

      In the classified ads of the Daily Herald from the late 1970’s, I see a listing for the Peppermint Stick Lounge at 1063 N. Roselle Road. That address would put it in today’s Hoffman Plaza. Good suggestion!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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