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THE HIDDEN TAVERN: HERMAN-IN-THE-WOODS

April 15, 2018

Tucked away in the Friendship Village woods, there once stood a small dance pavilion and tavern.  It was called Herman-In-The-Woods and was appropriately named for its owner, Herman Somogi.

In 1928, Simon Strauss sold the property, with its dance pavilion, to Herman and his wife, Julia.  The pavilion structure, based on a loose description by oral historian Ralph Engelking, was a modest dance hall with a wooden floor and large shutters that swung up and opened the building to the nighttime air.

Before the Somogi’s ownership the area was called Schween’s Grove and was named for Ernest P. Schween, the original land grant owner of the property.  The grove had been used by local people as a bucolic picnic area and, at some point, a dance pavilion was erected on the property.  Mr. Engelking, who was born in 1922, remembered his parents going to the pavilion when he was a boy.

In an August 10, 1934 issue of the Cook County Herald, there is a mention that Herman Somogi of Palatine applied for a liquor license.  This was a year after prohibition ended and the Somogis were probably hoping to capitalize on the potential of a drinking establishment near the center of the township.  Mr. Engelking also mentioned that a barrel of beer could usually be found outside the pavilion for those wanting to quench their thirst on dance nights.

Judging by a small article in the Cook County Herald from August 9, 1940, it seems that the Somogis had built a new pavilion around that time.  “Miss Mildred Springinsguth and Mr. Fred Salge played a few tunes for a group of people who wanted to try the new dance hall in Schaumburg Grove.  A group consisting of local people find that the floor is marvelous for dancing.  Miss Springinsguth played her piano accordion and Fred Salge played his faithful concertina.”

Two days later on August 11, Mr. Somogi and Frank Sporleder, who lived on an adjoining farm, held the “first Schaumburg picnic” in the former Schween’s grove.  Music was provided by Heine’s orchestra with “usual picnic attractions.”  A week later it was reported in the August 16 issue of the Cook County Herald that the first annual picnic and dance was successful enough that Mr. Sporleder planned another picnic and dance for August 25.

The following year, according to a July 4, 1941 article, the Somogis started their picnic and dance season on the Fourth of July.  A month later, Mr. Somogi resurrected the Old Settlers Picnic which had been famous 30 years prior.  Again, Heine’s seven piece orchestra provided the music.

Unfortunately, during the entertainment, “a light fixture was stolen from the dining room.”  That last statement gives us an indication that sometime between the liquor license application in 1934 and the picnic in 1941, Herman and Julia moved from Palatine and built the combination tavern/home on the property that was discussed in a few of the oral histories. Another brief in 1941 confirms that there was a dining room on the premises when it mentions “those famous squab dinners for which Mrs. Somogi is so well known.”  (A squab is a young pigeon–similar in size but not taste–to a Cornish game hen.)

Based on a legal notice in the March 26, 1956 issue of the Daily Herald that reported an application of a liquor license, it appears that some time between 1941 and 1956, the Somogis changed the name of their establishment to the “Top Side Inn.”  Four years later, in another article on June 9, 1960, it is mentioned that “the village of Schaumburg’s most secluded tavern, The Topside Inn–more familiarly known to local residents as Herman-in-the-Woods–would soon be under new ownership.”  (Clearly the old name had remained popular.)

Bernard and Robena (or Roberta) Schnell of Chicago successfully applied for a liquor license and named the tavern, Barney’s Tap.  For five years they ran the tavern while living on the premises, until Mr. Schnell died on December 5 after suffering a heart attack at his home “above Barney’s Tap.”

A year later when the new, unnamed owners tried to apply for rezoning, the application was denied by the village of Schaumburg.  At some point, after the village was organized and the tavern area was incorporated, the village rezoned the area from commercial to residential.  Because the tavern was already established, it was grandfathered in.  As stated in an April 14, 1966 article in the Daily Herald, “President Robert O. Atcher pointed out that because of the special circumstances, once the tavern ceased operation, the property would automatically be restricted to residential use.”

Despite subdivision and hospital possibilities that were later suggested for the property–and did not come to fruition–it was Friendship Village that inevitably purchased the acreage. They opened their doors in 1977 behind the woods that contained the hidden dance hall and tavern.  And hidden it was.  It was virtually nonexistent in the May, 1959 phone book.  Mr. Somogi was listed, but not his establishment.  Not Herman-in-the-Woods.  Not The Topside Inn.  It was definitely a small part of our history that tried to go missing but did not succeed!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

Some of the information in this blog posting, as well as the photos of the concrete footings and the map of the tavern premises were provided by Herb Demmel in his document called The Ownership of Sarah’s Grove that can be found on the library’s Local History Digital Archive.  I thank him for his work!

 

THE LITTLE CRAFTSMAN HOUSE THAT COULD

March 18, 2018

For years it was called Maggy Magoo’s.  And before that it was known as The Homestead House.  It’s the house on the right and it was a home shoppe that offered a wide variety of home accessories, decorations, gifts and floral arrangements for a variety of occasions.  You can still find the building at 105 E. Schaumburg Road even though the business is gone.

The craftsman style bungalow was built in the late 1920’s by Louis and Hannah Schoenbeck who had farmed in Schaumburg Township after they married in 1897. Louis was born on a farm north of Arlington Heights and Hannah Freiberg was born in Germany and settled in Schaumburg with her parents.

After their marriage, as stated in Louis’ obituary, they lived on their farm for 31 years.  That farm was on the east side of Roselle Road, between Schaumburg and Wise Roads.  They must have rented for a time from the owners, H.C. and Wilhelmine Thies.  A record from the April 2, 1910 issue of The Economist:  A Weekly Financial, Commercial and Real Estate Newspaper states that Louis Schoenbeck purchased the 260 acres from Wilhelmine on March 21, 1910 for for $22,ooo.

While on the farm they raised their four children:  Henry, Minnie, Edward and Clara.  When they retired from farming in 1928, they bought some property in “downtown Schaumburg” and built the home you see here.  In addition they built the small barn that still exists, a chicken house and a smokehouse.  Their property line abutted the Panzer house which was due east and has since been updated and realigned to face west.

When Louis died a few years later in 1932, Hannah remained in the house with her son, Henry, until her death in 1951.  Henry then married Katie Wachman in 1954 and they resided in the house until his death in 1966.

At some point, between their marriage and Henry’s death, the couple either sold or gave a 1/2 acre parcel to the west of their house to Minnie and Arthur Flentge, his sister and brother-in-law.  They built a ranch home of their own on the property and lived there with their daughter Lorraine.  The Village of Schaumburg eventually purchased the property after the deaths of the elder Flentges, giving Lorraine joint tenancy until she no longer needed the home.  The home was subsequently torn down around 2015 and remains an open parcel.

Meanwhile, the Schoenbeck house and property to the east were sold around 1973 to Albert and Eleonore Manzardo.  They had begun a specialty carpet business in 1970 in Weathersfield Plaza called Homestead Carpet.  It eventually expanded to include interior design and other decorating services.  After purchasing the house, they moved their business there and operated as the Homestead House for a number of years, expanding to include an offshoot business called Country Oak.

The house/business space was later leased to Alan and Margy Bedyk in 1992 who changed the name to Maggy Magoo’s Country Accents and Gifts.  It operated as such until 2016.  In March 2018, a European coffee shop called KaffeeStube opened in the spot.

So, from the Schoenbecks to The Homestead House to Maggy Magoo’s to Kaffeestube, this house has stood for 90 years with its unique-for-the-area, craftsman style.  A little variety never hurts!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

Articles from the Chicago Tribune, March 26, 1995 and the Daily Herald, November 13, 1992 were used in the creation of this blog posting.  The obituaries of Louis, Hannah and Henry Schoenbeck were also very helpful.

 

 

WHO WAS MALT MAID AND WHY WERE THEY PICKING UP PUMPKINS?

January 21, 2018

This picture was recently sent to me via the descendants of Florence Catherine “Kate” Bell, who grew up in Schaumburg Township in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Her father, James Austin Bell, was, for the times, a voluminous photographer and took many photos of Stratford Farms, a Schaumburg Township farm he managed on Roselle Road that supplied poultry, produce and dairy to the Stratford Hotel in Chicago.   This was a prime example of the photos he took.

His children often appear in his photos and this one is no exception.  A young Kate is sitting on a pumpkin next to a Malt Maid Co. truck that is being loaded.  It struck me that it is rather odd that a truck advertising “Made of Malt and Hops” is picking up pumpkins.  Malt is made from cereal grains and hops come from the hop plant.  Pumpkins don’t fall into either one of those categories. Who was Malt Maid and why was a Chicago company driving all the way to rural Schaumburg Township to pick up a truck load of good-sized pumpkins?

It seems that Malt Maid was connected to the Manhattan Brewing Company, a city block sized brewery at 3901 South Emerald Avenue and Pershing Road in Chicago, that was purchased by the infamous mob boss Johnny Torrio.  According to an April 24, 1977 article written by reporter Richard J. La Susa of the Chicago Tribune, Johnny Torrio bought Manhattan Brewing, “a brewery of minor importance” in 1919.  In The Legacy of Al Capone, author George Murray states that Torrio purchased the brewery in the spring of 1919.  This was but a few short months before the Volstead Act was passed in October that gave us prohibition.

After Torrio bought the brewery, La Susa states he “changed the name of the business to Malt Maid and controlled it until 1924, when he was forced to ‘retire’ from the Chicago scene by a faction of his mob led by Al Capone.”  The timing of the name change differs in various articles and books used as research for this posting, but it is universally agreed that Malt Maid was also co-owned at various times by other mob bosses Dion O’Bannion and Hymie Weiss.  It would have obviously been a good move to change the name from Manhattan Brewing to Malt Maid with prohibition in full effect.

We know that Florence Catherine, the young girl in the photo, was born in 1917.  She looks to be about 4 or 5 years old.  This would mean the year would be either 1921 or 1922.  And clearly it’s the fall, judging by the size of those pumpkins.  Having found no mention of local breweries using pumpkins in the beer making process, I contacted John J. Binder, a University of Illinois at Chicago professor, who wrote Al Capone’s Beer Wars in 2017.

He told me that in “that era I have no information that pumpkins were ever used in the process of brewing beer.  If pumpkins were part of a Halloween tradition for children or were used to make pie more generally in autumn in the early 1920s, there are simple answers to this question. This would then probably be…O’Bannion helping Torrio (or vice versa) to deliver pumpkins to the part of the city where he controlled the bootlegging to give/sell [to] the kiddies… Again, if they were working together in bootlegging they would have helped each other out with resources such as trucking…”

It is interesting that they would have found their way to Schaumburg Township to purchase pumpkins from Stratford Farms.  Given the Farm’s connection to the Stratford Hotel in Chicago, word must have somehow gotten around that the farm provided much of the produce for the hotel–and that it was plentiful.

Hence the Malt Maid truck.  And the result?  A chance for James Austin Bell to take the photo.  Given the fact that, per La Susa, “the company’s name was changed to Fort Dearborn Products Co. in 1925,” Malt Maid was indeed a short lived name.  Which makes it fairly incredible we have this amazing photo of their appearance in Schaumburg Township!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

 

 

 

MEACHAM ROAD CHANGES

November 5, 2017

When 999 Plaza Drive was built in Schaumburg in 1977–following its sister buildings that were built in 1974–the entire development was known as Woodfield Office Plaza.  The buildings were part of the 325-acre Woodfield Park which was a commercial project being developed by J. Emil Anderson & Son, Inc. of Des Plaines.

Today it is National Plaza and some changes have been made to the 1111 Plaza Drive tower which is the building closest to Golf Road.  According to the Village of Schaumburg’s October 9, 2017 e-newsletter, “several upgrades were made to modernize the exterior including an all-new custom truss “super structure” and a new “floating cornice’ which raised the overall building height and changed its proportions.”

In the following photos you can see parts of all of the buildings.  999 is at the back of the photo and 1000 is to the right.

This building at 830 N. Meacham Road was in the process of being torn down when I took this photo.  The south façade was all that remained.  Finished in 1981, this 2 story office building was nestled in a slight valley and surrounded by mature trees.  Some of the tenants who were in the building over the years were Gooitech, Associated Milk Producers and Healthcare Financial Resources, Inc.

This photo from Google street view shows the building when it was most recently the International Training/Skin Beauty Academy.  The site is currently empty.

A Modernist style building was built in 1972 on Meacham Road and housed the American Savings Association.  They opened for business on September 29 on the west side of Meacham Road and remained the sole owner until Weber Grill bought the property.

The building was demolished to make way for the restaurant that opened in 2005.  

And then there’s Zurich-American Insurance Group who hit town in 1980 and took up residence in this building which is at 231 N. Martingale Road.   This was their first of three locations in Schaumburg.  You can even see their name and logo on the sign out front.  (The photo is from the 1984 NSACI Community Profile and is used courtesy of Profile Publications, Inc. of Crystal Lake.)

They then purchased Plaza Towers I in 1988 that is located on Plaza Drive and borders Meacham Road.  The building is 20 stories and was completed in 1987.  In addition to the purchase, Zurich then commissioned the building’s developer, Otis Co., of Northbrook to build a second, identical tower that would also include a second 5-level, 960-car parking deck and a 3-story atrium connecting the two buildings.

And here they remained until 2016 when they moved into this incredible building that was constructed on a portion of the Motorola campus.  The property borders the Jane Addams Tollway and is truly a spectacular sight–particularly at night.  This photo, courtesy of Goettsch Partners who designed the award winning building, shows the three offset bars that make up the sustainable building which earned a LEED Platinum certification.

Change will continue in Schaumburg as building and business styles continue to evolve.  Some buildings we will miss and others may be an improvement.  Getting a visual glimpse of where we began and where we’ve gone over the years is always a nice reminder of how important our local history is.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

RENOVATING THE EASY STREET PUB

September 3, 2017

If you’ve been driving down Roselle Road near the Schaumburg Road intersection, you have probably noticed there’s something going on with the former Easy Street Pub at 17 Roselle Road.

Schaumburg village addressed these changes in their e-newsletter:

“Easy Street Pub was recently purchased and is undergoing some restoration and maintenance…The new owners are working to protect the building with tuckpointing, waterproofing and other improvements. The village is working with ownership to attract a new restaurant to the site that will be a destination for years to come.”

These photos were taken on August 2, 2017 shortly after work began at the end of July.

You’ll notice the windows have been completely removed but the doors are still intact as well as the gray siding.  It also appears they are doing extensive brick work on the south side of the building.

Three weeks later on August 20, the building looked like this…

The scaffolding has been removed on the south side where the brick work was being done at the top of the building.  In comparing photos, we can tell that the restructured brick was restored to its original look.

It’s interesting, too, that the two tall doors on the south side that had been boarded up for years have been removed.  It is also possible to see clear through the structure.  We can see that the building has been taken down to its studs.

Nine days later, on August 29, the building now looked like this…

It’s starting to come together, isn’t it?  The brick definitely looks refreshed, although the gray siding and gray painted front door still remain.

For comparison’s sake, let’s look at the earliest rendition of the building.  This 1913 postcard shows the structure shortly after it was built by H. E. Quindel in 1911 and after Charles Krueger began leasing it as a tavern/hotel.

Notice the large windows in the front and the multiple doors on both visible sides of the building.  Not only can we see the two doors on the diagonal but there are also two doors on the south side as well as two doors in the middle of the front facade.

Below is a photo of the building from the 1920s when it was called the Schaumburg Inn.  It still has the same look although it is interesting to note the steps that have been added to the front.  Clearly the road was graded and paved sometime between the two photos.  At this time Frank Lengl was the owner and was at the beginning of his 50 some-odd-year-tenure.  However, he had yet to paint the sign on the side of the building that advertised his chicken and steak dinners.

It will be interesting to watch as the final renovations emerge–both inside and out.  This historic building is a Contributing Structure in the village’s Olde Schaumburg Centre Historic District.  It’s wonderful to see that it remains an integral part of the heart of Schaumburg Township.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

 

WOODFIELD LANES: HAVING FUN IN YOUR SPARE TIME

July 9, 2017

Bowling must have been right up the alley for Schaumburg Township residents in the early years.  Even though Hoffman Lanes opened first in 1961 and Schaumburg Lanes in 1975, it clearly wasn’t enough space for local bowlers.  To fill that need, Martin Weber, who also owned Striking Lanes in Mount Prospect, decided in the late seventies, to build the biggest bowling alley in the area.  And, boy, did he ever.

Woodfield Lanes opened in March of 1980 at 350 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg with 44 lanes, a bar, restaurant and playroom.  Because of its size, it attracted a large number of leagues for men, women and children.  Leagues were begun by apartment complexes, organizations like the Knights of Columbus, and groups of senior citizens and, especially, of women.  Most prominent were the many women leagues that played in the large facility.  The sheer number of leagues also led to many tournaments being held.

Mr. Weber also tried his hand at incorporating a nightclub into the alley.  A DJ played music from stacks of records while patrons lounged at the banquet tables and danced on the dance floor.  New Year’s Eve celebrations were also held at the bowling alley, complete with refreshments, music, dancing and showtime bowling which featured special lights and cameras.  The facility was even so big that it had a meeting room available for the public to use.

Woodfield Lanes kept its customers happy until league play began to decline, and the upkeep and taxes on the large building started to climb.  The business made the decision to close and notified its leagues in late 2000 that the business would be sold and torn down to make way for a larger Woodfield Lexus dealership.

This gave many of the leagues time to find new digs at Hoffman Lanes and Poplar Creek Bowl, the other bowling alleys that were still open in the township.  An ad appeared in the April 13, 2001 edition of the Daily Herald, listing various items for sale:  showtime lighting & sound, lounge & restaurant equipment, booths, chairs, sports memorabilia and more.  The bowling equipment, including the 44 lanes, pin-setters, pins, scoring equipment, bowling balls and shoes were dismantled over a three-week  and sold to a company in Detroit.

Before the bowling alley closed, I was able to take some photos of the interior and exterior of the building with a not-so-great camera.  But, it still gives you a decent view of the exterior and interior in the last days that it was in business.

May 7 was the last day of operation for Woodfield Lanes.  Gone was “Cosmic Bowling,” the fun of league play, the music and the dancing.  The sounds of balls rolling down 44 alleys and the ten pins being whacked by those 44 balls must have been something during the heyday.  If you have any memories to share of Woodfield Lanes, please leave a comment or send me an email to the address below.  It would be great to hear the personal side of such an iconic bowling alley!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

The top photo was taken by Gus Weiner and is used, courtesy of his son, Keith Weiner.

CAN YOU EXPAND ON THE HISTORY OF THIS BUILDING?

June 18, 2017

It was recently brought to my attention that the Carpet One business at 26 W. Golf Road, just west of the Roselle Road intersection, on the north side of the street had moved.  Knowing the business and the building had been there for a long time, I was curious as to how it got its start.

As far back as the October 22, 1969 edition of The Herald, it was possible to find the 26 W. Golf Road address.  An article from that date refers to “Pat Griffin, manager of the new Schaumburg Hardi-Garden Center.”  The phrasing seems to infer that the building was possibly constructed by Hardi-Garden Center.

Searching further afield, a 1968 article in Grower Talks, references the new Hardi-Garden Center franchise.  “This (Nashville, TN) is the home of the new Hardi-Garden Center franchise operation.  This is a new operation that provides garden centers retailing know-how and designs for the garden center layout.”  It’s interesting that only one year later, they recognized the potential growth for our area and opened a franchise in Schaumburg.

Judging by the ads in the paper, Hardi-Garden Center offered everything from bird feeders, bird houses, vegetable and flower seeds, fireplace logs, bushes, trees, fertilizer and gardening tools and flower pots.  They also carried seasonal Christmas items, decorations and, not to mention trees.  Plus, they carried pet supplies, tropical fish and aquariums.   They were a one-stop shop, just down the street from Slattery’s Garden Center and Nursery that closed in 1970.

It is difficult to know how long they lasted in this location but, by June 24 1977, a new business had taken its spot.  Lighting Creations and Carpet Creations were now occupying the building and advertising in The Herald.  They also obviously  recognized the amount of growth going on in the area and hoped to fill a need.

This is where it seemed a good idea to contact the store to dig a little deeper.  That’s when I found some good information from Carpet One’s owner, Mike Ryan.  He confirmed that the building was built for the Hardi-Garden Center by a local contractor.  When Hardi left the area, there was an attempt to continue as a garden center and that only lasted a brief time until it became the lighting/carpet store.

Mr. Ryan bought the business from the owner of Lighting Creations/Carpet Creations and opened his carpeting/flooring business on October 1, 1979.  He named it Carpet Creations which is what it remained until 1997 when they changed their name to Carpet One.   They are currently located around the corner at 1234 N. Roselle Road, on the west side of Roselle Road, just north of the Golf Road intersection.

I still have a few questions though.  Does anyone know the name of the contractor who built the building?  Or what the garden center was called after Hardi left the area?  Is there any other ongoing business in the village of Schaumburg that has been in operation longer than Carpet One?   If you can help solve these mysteries, it would be appreciated!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

SHOPPING AT HOFFMAN PLAZA

May 7, 2017

Last week, in Hoffman Plaza, the brick outline and barrel roof of the first Jewel in Schaumburg Township was revealed during the demolition of a portion of the shopping center.  The interest was overwhelming!

This week, I captured a better photo of the building now that the western portion of the shopping center is gone.  You get a good idea of the outline of the building in this photo:

This photo, from a Hoffman Highlands brochure given to me by local realtor Larry Rowan, gives you just a small hint of the interior of that Jewel:

But, the interesting thing is that another mention of Hoffman Plaza came up in conversation last week when one of the staff said that he bought shelves at the Handy Andy in Hoffman Plaza when he moved to the area.  I only knew of the Handy Andys on Golf Road and on Irving Park Road in Schaumburg but wanted to make sure that was correct.

In doing a bit of research, I discovered that there was a Handyman store that opened in the summer of 1976 in Hoffman Plaza.  The ad from the July 24, 1976 issue of the Hoffman Herald even sported a caricature of a little “Handyman” similar to the little “Handy Andy.”  Handyman was a “super hardware center” that offered shelving, lumber, tools, cookware, electrical lighting and vanities, to name a few items.

In searching, I also came across an ad for Hoffman Plaza in the December 7, 1976 newspaper that invited shoppers to meet Santa and do their holiday shopping at the following stores.  It is a nice list that captures a moment in time for Hoffman Plaza.

  • Mr. Michael’s Hairstyling
  • Bowen Ace Hardware
  • Barb Fisher Dance Studio
  • Olympic Karate
  • Russell’s Barber Shop
  • ABCO Job Center
  • Ralston Electronics
  • Century 21 McMahon Real Estate
  • Gallo’s on the Plaza
  • Ruby Begonia Plants & Macrame
  • Fashions at Large
  • Vitamin House
  • Red Squire Fashions for Men & Young Men
  • Maxine’s Clothesline
  • Jewel
  • Osco
  • Valueland–Jewelry & Beauty Needs
  • Rosati’s Pizza
  • Electronic Game World
  • Woodfield Auto Parts
  • Bell Liquors
  • Denny’s Restaurant
  • Acorn Tire
  • Hoffman Estates Currency Exchange

Not too long after the above list ran in the Hoffman Herald, this photo, compliments of the former Profile Publications of Crystal Lake, appeared in the Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry Community Profile of 1982.  It is a great depiction of the Plaza, complete with the iconic water tower.

Because there seems to be an interest, I have begun a list of the businesses that were/are based in Hoffman Plaza.  What have I missed?

  • ABCO Job Center
  • Acorn Tire
  • Allen Awards
  • Barb Fisher Dance Studio
  • Barber Shop (Stan ______, proprietor)
  • BBQ Hut (Korean restaurant)
  • Bee Discount
  • Bell Liquors
  • Ben Franklin
  • Black Forest (German restaurant)
  • Bowen Ace Hardware
  • Burger King
  • Century 21 McMahon Real Estate
  • Crest Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Dania Furniture
  • Denny’s Restaurant
  • DeRamos, Dr.
  • Electronic Game World
  • Fashions at Large
  • Gallo’s on the Plaza
  • Giant Auto Parts
  • Gold’s Gym
  • Highland Superstore
  • Hoffman Estates Currency Exchange
  • Hoffman Home Values
  • Home Center
  • Hot Dog Place
  • Jet One Hour Photo
  • Jewel
  • Jockey (Asian restaurant)
  • Jupiter Cleaners
  • Lifesource
  • Maxine’s Clothesline
  • Mr. Michael’s Hairstyling
  • Midwest Outpost
  • North Beach
  • Olympic Karate
  • Olympic Torch
  • Peppermint Stick Lounge
  • Plaza Liquors
  • Plaza Valueland
  • Ralston Electronics
  • Red Squire Fashions for Men & Young Men
  • Rosati’s Pizza
  • Ruby Begonia Plants & Macrame
  • Russell’s Barber Shop
  • Sally Beauty Supply
  • Syms
  • Thai House
  • Turpin Fabric & Drapery
  • Twinbrook Hardware
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Universal Painting Contractors
  • Valueland–Jewelry & Beauty Needs
  • Vazquez, Dr. Ivan
  • Viet House
  • Vitamin House
  • Wok ‘n Roll
  • Woodfield Auto Parts
  • Yu’s Mandarin  (First location)

The comments and nostalgia for this first shopping center have been a great addition to our local history.  Now, Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian and I wonder if, with further demolition, the outline of the Jewel letters on the front of the store might even be uncovered.  If that happens, our cameras will be ready!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

 

WHAT THE DEMOLITION AT HOFFMAN PLAZA REVEALED

April 30, 2017

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
jrozek@stdl.org

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…

THE TRADEWINDS SHOPPING CENTER OF HANOVER PARK

April 9, 2017

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
  • 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
  • Hear Here Records (possibly?)
  • Hit or Miss
  • Just Jeans
  • Kinney Shoes
  • Leslie’s Pool Supplies
  • Lincoln Realty
  • Peter Pan Cleaners
  • Rahl Jewelers
  • Rent-A-Center
  • Ron’s Hobby Center
  • St. George and The Dragon
  • Star Cleaners
  • Swanson’s Crafts and Hobbies (Jack Swanson, proprietor)
  • TCBY Yogurt
  • Three Flags Restaurant
  • Toni’s Conversation Clothes
  • Tradewinds Pets & Supplies  (Ed Meinberg, owner)
  • Tri-Village Realty
  • Value City Furniture
  • Walgreens
  • Zayre

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

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