Back in April, a blog posting ran on the Tradewinds Shopping Center in Hanover Park that was at the intersection of Barrington and Irving Park Roads.   It was a popular posting judging by the number of hits it received.  There is a lot of love for this place and clearly many have good memories of shopping, going to the theater and hanging out in the stores and restaurants.

There has also been a steady stream of comments trickling in regarding the shops that were there at one time or another.  This is the list that we currently have:

  • Allied Electronics (later became Radio Shack)
  • Ames
  • Blockbuster Video in the outlot on the corner
  • B. Dalton bookstore in the Library location before the library
  • 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
  • Hallmark
  • Hanover Fabrics
  • Hanover Park Interior Lighting
  • Hit or Miss
  • Jack Robbins
  • Just Jeans
  • Kinney Shoes
  • Leslie’s Pool Supplies
  • Lincoln Realty
  • Peter Pan Cleaners
  • Radio Shack
  • Rahl Jewelers
  • Rent-A-Center
  • Ron’s Hobby Center
  • St. George and The Dragon
  • Saxon Paint
  • Star Cleaners
  • Swanson’s Crafts and Hobbies (Jack Swanson, proprietor)
  • Three Flags Restaurant
  • Toni’s Conversation Clothes
  • Tradewinds Pets & Supplies
  • Tri-Village Realty
  • Value City Furniture
  • Walgreens
  • Zayre

One person remembered a pet store that sold fish and I was able to track down Tradewinds Pets & Supplies.

He also remembered a coin shop but I’ve had no luck with that.  Another remembered a record store which I’ve also not been able to track down.  Someone else remembered a shoe repair shop as well.

If any of you can come up with any of these three businesses–or any more to add to the list–I’d be happy to oblige.  Thank you in advance for wracking your brains!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Doug Lim Says:

    Allied Electronics became Radio Shack. I didn’t live in Schaumburg when it changed; I only ever saw the Radio Shack, but Radio Shack bought Allied Electronics in the early 70s, which is probably when the store changed.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you Doug and Kenneth. You are absolutely correct that Allied Electronics was purchased by the Tandy Corporation that owned Radio Shack. That happened in 1970–two years after Tradewinds opened.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Kenneth C Chase Says:

    Jack Robbins clothes was in Tradewinds ,once they closed it was replaced by a Saxon Paint store. I also believe there was a Kinney shoe store there early on. As for the Record store my brother insists there was one it started as a Flip Side then changed names. i don’t remember that but i’m getting old…lol Don’t forget about the theater good ole Pepsi bottle cap movies! There was also a Barber Shop across from the hobby store If we come up with more i’ll let you know.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Kenneth,

      I would love to be able to add Flip Side to the list but I can’t find any mention of them being in the Tradewinds shopping center in the Daily Herald or online. If anyone else remembers them having a store/location there, please give me a heads up.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  3. Kenneth C Chase Says:

    Yes there was a Radio Shack there.

  4. Tracy Says:

    There was an eye doctor in the back across from the theater entrance and ticket booth… optometrist or opthemologist. I too remember the barber shop and the pet store. I know there was a Flipside in Barrington Square, but never remember there being one at Tradewinds.

  5. Ed Hardt Says:

    There was a great pet store there that was either next door or one over from the hobby store. I believe that there was a shoe repair shop too.

    I was wondering if you have any photos of the small strip mall in Hanover Park that stands next to where the Hanover Park Kmart once stood (off Old Salem). There was a little arcade that existed back in the ’80s called Just Games, I wish could see that sign again.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Ed,

      Was the pet store something other than Tradewinds Pets & Supplies?

      Thank you for the hint about the shoe repair store. I’ll add that to the blog posting.

      Unfortunately we do not have any photos of that strip mall and really, not too many of that area of Hanover Park. I did find that Just Games opened in late 1981 and closed around 1985 when the video game arcade wave began to die out. It was owned by Larry Glick and he had a number of arcades sprinkled around the suburbs during that time. An article from the “Daily Herald” on September 14, 1985 intimated that the Mt. Prospect arcade was his main location.

      This fills in a bit of the story but doesn’t completely answer your question. If anyone has a photo, I would be happy to add it to the blog! You can contact me at the email below.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Kenneth C Chase Says:

        Pretty sure i drop all my 8th grade graduation money at Just games… lol…..Great place!

  6. Obachan Says:

    Ooh, I’m sorry I found this post so late! There had once been a little video store in there, too, really close to, if not on the corner to the left of the entrance to the back area where the theater was. I remember there was a SuperTed poster in the window for a long time, so it had to be about mid-80s.

    There was also a TCBY Yogurt tucked in there to the left of the Walgreens…which I can barely remember anymore, though I do remember the Dominick’s very clearly. It sold giant salt cubes for a while. I thought they were salt licks for horses, but someone said they were for softening the water. The more you know, right? 🙂

    I never remember there being a Flipside in that mall, but could folks be mistaking that with the mall across Barrington Road there that had the sinking Kohls grocery store? That definitely had a Flipside and a pet store and a t-shirt printing shop, along with a fabric store…I thought it was a Minnesota Fabrics – but anyway, that was the other mall where they stuck the Phar-Mor/Cub Foods later.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the additional names. If we can come up with the name of the video store, I’m happy to add that to the list. And, who else knows about the Flipside store on the west side of Barrington Road?

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  7. Bob Migala Says:

    Saxon Paint also occupied Tradewinds. My wife worked there for 4 years.

  8. Tracy Connole Says:

    I rememeber a small building on the Barrington road side of the Tradewinds parking lot that was Winchel’s Doughnuts and then later turned into a Subway.

    Also, there was an optometrist/opthemologist office in the back across from the theater.

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