Chicago February 10, 2018
7 Long Gone Places Every Chicagoan Misses
There’s always something new and exciting to do in Chicago, but unfortunately, to make way for the new, some attractions have to shut down. These closed places have not been forgotten though, and many Chicagoans remember them well.
From restaurants to museums, Chicago has seen some spectacular attractions come and go. Here are a few we miss the most:
1. Won Kow (2237 S Wentworth Avenue)
This was the oldest restaurant in Chinatown before it closed its doors very recently (in 2018). It opened in 1928 and quickly became an iconic part of the neighborhood. Stay tuned, as some say it
may open again under new management someday.
2. Tower Records (2301 N Clark Street)
This was once the location of a gigantic store that sold music, movies, books, and games. This paradise for youth of the 80s and 90s offered wonderful deals on all sorts of media entertainment.
3. Hot Doug's (3324 N California Avenue)
The last year of business for this popular hot dog joint was 2014. Of all the closed places in Chicago, this was one of the most upsetting for residents. Many lined up down the block on its final day of operation to savor the flavors at this iconic one last time. Luckily, these dogs can now be found at Wrigley Field!
4. McDonald's #1 Store Museum (400 Lee Street in Des Plaines)
This recently demolished place was a replica of the first ever McDonald's to grace the state of Illinois. Though the actual restaurant was built in the 1950s, this museum was constructed in 1984. After it fell into decay and people stopped visiting, it sat vacant (other than mannequin burger flippers) until it was torn down in 2018.
5. Meigs Field (Northerly Island)
This was once a single runway airport located on a man-made peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan known as Northerly Island. The airfield operated from 1948 to 2003, and the island is now used as a concert venue.
6. The Dog House (North Avenue)
This iconic Villa Park trailer was closed in 1967, though it reopened under a new name at a new location that you'll definitely recognize: Portillo's. This is the original hot dog stand that opened in 1963.
7. Jane Hull House Theatre (3212 North Broadway)
Established by Jane Hull in 1899, this theatre was designed to bring culture and community to the Near West Side. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named a landmark, but plays and entertainment are no longer available as the association that operated it dissembled in 2012.
For another blast from the past, check out these
12 ancient photos of Chicago.
What other closed places do you remember fondly? Share your memories with us in the comments below!