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Chicago As You’ve got By no means Seen It Earlier than!



Hello Everybody,

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So, at this time, we are going to proceed with yet one more publish about my son Cale’s and my midwestern tour taking me again to my roots.

We started in Evansville, Indiana, the place I used to be raised from 18 months to fifteen. And now, we are going to drive as much as Chicago, Illinois. I used to be born in Prepare dinner County Hospital on February 7, 1956.


Chicago and Milwaukee

In fact, I don’t keep in mind these early months. However, I positive do keep in mind the various journeys again up from Evansville to Chicago to go to my grandparents.

Map Road Trip April 2022

They lived in a fantastic Nineteen Twenties constructing on S. Cornell Avenue within the Hyde Park space of Chicago, simply blocks from Lake Michigan.

My grandfather, Bert Bern, emigrated from Hungary shortly earlier than World Warfare I. Any Hungarians on the market? Because of my expensive grandpa, I can do a fairly imply Boci Boci Tarka, who bribed me with nickels and dimes to sing it for him. Awwww…



My grandma, Elsie Bern (I assumed her title was Nonnie till I used to be 11.), was born in Chicago. She had flaming pink hair and was the perfect prepare dinner the world has ever recognized. No, I don’t care what you say, she was the perfect. Her brisket was legendary. The one factor is, one by no means noticed any proof of any cooking in anyway in her kitchen. It was tiny and spotless as could be.

Did I point out that the kitchen had white cabinetry?


old-apartment 1920s white kitchenIt was similar to this kitchen however rather less deep, and there have been cupboards within the again.


It was extra just like the kitchen above, which you’ll be able to see once more right here, however with the 2 glass cupboards just like the kitchen above this one.


Grandpa Bern Nonnie (Elsie) Bern, Lawrence Lewis - My grandparents

My grandparents, Bert Bern Nonnie (Elsie) Bern, and Lawrence Lewis, my mom’s father. Sadly, my mom’s mom, Hannah, handed away in 1943 from mind most cancers. Nevertheless, this picture was taken a while shortly after her passing. In actual fact, it would’ve been my dad and mom’ marriage ceremony in 1943. From left to proper, my grandparents have been born in 1892, 1901, and 1888!


After my grandmother died in 1970, I’ve solely been again to Chicago a handful of instances.


Nevertheless, this time, I shared a few of my reminiscences with Cale. And generally, it occurred with out my attempting to.

The drive up from Evansville is probably the most boring straight, straight, straight, and FLAT highway ever.


Nevertheless, regardless of the monotonous drive to Chicago from Evansville, Cale all the time has nice music to play.


This was our favourite music by the Bee Gees. It’s not their hottest, however I believe it is perhaps their greatest.

Take pleasure in!



Again within the Nineteen Sixties, once we drove to Chicago, it was for Thanksgiving yearly till I used to be 11. It was the happiest day of the yr, for I received to get out of college early. Nevertheless, my father drove like he was on the Indianapolis Pace Monitor, slowing down simply lengthy sufficient to mild one other cigarette each ten minutes.* However, it was darkish by the point we arrived in Chicago in late November.

*Too many journeys within the automotive throwing up my guts in a shoebox positively cured any notion of my ever lighting up a type of smoking sticks.

Nevertheless, once we arrived in Chicago on Sunday, April twenty fourth, at 6:00 PM, there was nonetheless loads of mild, albeit with atmospheric clouds. The solar wouldn’t set for one more 100 minutes or so.


Breathtaking Chicago Skyline Lake Shore Drive


However, out of the blue, out of nowhere, there it was.


The gorgeous Chicago skyline was taken by way of the windshield on Lake Shore Drive. And, oh my, has it modified from the Nineteen Sixties!


Chicago Skyline April 2022

Thankfully, because it was Sunday, the gorgeous Lake Shore Drive site visitors was mild.

We discovered our Airbnb at 63 E. Lake Avenue, near the beautiful Chicago River space.


Cale went to park his automotive, and I babysat our stuff within the foyer of the Airbnb.


Consider it or not, all of that is Cale’s stuff apart from the black suitcase on the decrease proper. ;]


Loop_Map + 63 E. Lake Street - Chicago

by way of Wikimedia

Our Airbnb is marked with a pink star.

I selected this location as a result of I figured if we’re going to go to Chicago for 2 days, let’s do it proper within the coronary heart of the gorgeous Chicago downtown space generally known as “The Loop.” (please see the map above displaying the boundary)


Oh, how I keep in mind my grandmother each go to speaking about taking the L to the Loop and going to Fields.


Fields, after all, being the venerable previous division retailer, Marshall Fields.

However, if she was going to Fields, it was virtually positively to not store however as an alternative, to dine on the Walnut Room. She didn’t have the stamina to buy in a retailer. Nevertheless, that’s one other story I’m attempting to not repeat.


Though conventional purchasing could have eluded my Nonnie, she had a intelligent workaround. Right here’s how my savvy grandma Elsie Bern shopped:


She picked up the telephone and dialed…

Whats up, That is the Marshall Fields Operator; how could I direct your name?

EB: Sure, please ring the ladies’s costume division; thanks.

Whats up, Ladies’s clothes, Irene, talking, how could I make it easier to.

EB: Oh, howdy, Irene; I’m so glad you picked up the telephone this time. It’s Elsie Bern. I’m in search of a blue, or higher but, turquoise cocktail costume for a reunion, measurement 14. Might you please be so form as to ship over no matter you’ve gotten, easy, off the shoulder, semi-formal, beneath the knee, not too revealing or form-fitting, and no polyester, please…


Sure, Mrs. Bern, we’ve got your whole sizing data on document. We’ll have these clothes introduced over to you tomorrow. I believe we’ve got your handle and credit score data on file right here. Please permit me to double-check… Is that also 5480 South Cornell Avenue, Apt. 71?

EB: Sure, thanks a lot, Irene. I very a lot respect your assist. Have an excellent day. Goodbye.

You’re welcome, Mrs. Bern. Have an excellent day, as properly.

Nonnie would strive on the 9 clothes upon supply, then ship all of them again.


That’s how my lovable grandmother shopped.


Cale and I introduced up the trolley with our issues as much as the twenty second flooring of 63 E. Lake Avenue. It was a spacious two-bedroom condominium touted to be a nook penthouse. True, it was on the highest flooring, however there was no out of doors house besides above us on the roof deck, open to all visitors.

The charges for this place fluctuate fairly a bit, however we received an ideal worth contemplating the place we have been.

we every gravitated in direction of completely different bedrooms. (There have been two bedrooms and a front room!) I plopped my stuff down in my room.


After which, I seemed out the window on the breathtaking Chicago skyline.


View out my window April Chicago north loop

Here’s what I noticed.  That is trying north over East Lake Avenue.

The beautiful constructing on the left is the Jewelers Constructing at 35 E. Wacker Drive. You may learn extra about it right here.

Within the distance on the best is the Mather Tower at 75 E. Wacker Drive and accomplished in 1928.

Then, I bumped into the lounge and seemed out of the window dealing with west.


Under, because the solar was setting, you may see the aforementioned “L” prepare, which loops round downtown Chicago adjoining to the Chicago River. Throughout my childhood, we certainly hung out on this a part of city. It was my first style of a BIG CITY, and I all the time liked coming to Chicago.


Nevertheless, I by no means noticed Chicago like this, and I guess most of you haven’t both. When you look carefully, you may see a prepare barreling down the tracks. Now that I’ve stated that, somebody will inform me they dwell in one among these locations with a killer view. haha


Looking West over the L Chicago

I consider the interesting-looking constructing that appears like an enormous telescope is a authorities constructing. If you recognize, I’m counting on you pretty locals to assist me fill within the blanks!

I like staying at Airbnbs as a result of we all the time get one with a kitchen, and we every had our personal room. Due to this fact, we would have liked to get some groceries. It took a bit doing, however we lastly discovered a small convenience-type retailer just a few blocks away.


Nevertheless, on the best way to and from, I started taking pics each time I went ohhhhh, how lovely!!!


The Chicago River at Night April 2022

One among quite a few Chicago River bridges open to pedestrians and vehicles alike. That is trying west.


Looking east the Chicago River and Wrigley building

And, trying east, a implausible shot, together with the long-lasting Wrigley Constructing. Sure, as in chewing gum. That Wrigley. My grandfather adored this constructing on Michigan Ave, the primary purchasing drag within the loop in downtown Chicago, generally known as “The Magnificent Mile.”


Chicago magnificent mile + loop
This map will repeat close to the top of the publish, so that you don’t have to interrupt your finger scrolling again up. haha

Past the Wrigley Constructing is one other landmark you can barely make out– The Tribune Tower. Initially constructed for the Chicago Tribune. Right this moment it’s a luxurious condominium constructing. I don’t know if they’re for lease or sale or the rest. Nevertheless, if , they’ve created a fantastic web site.


In the summertime of 1969, once I was 13, my father was in a VA hospital in Chicago as a result of he had a prolonged, uncommon, and incapacitating auto-immune sickness.


When college set free, I spent a few week in Chicago, sharing a room with my 23-year-old sister, Holly. My mother let me take the L on my own, after which I wandered up and down Michigan Ave, the place I purchased myself a few new clothes for college. I felt so grown-up and complex.

My sister was studying Portnoy’s Grievance, and this music was taking part in on the radio.



Chicago_River_via Wikimedia Commons

Chicago_River_via Wikimedia Commons


The picture above provides a greater view of the Chicago River and its bridges.


The subsequent day,  the one full day in Chicago, Cale and I wakened, and between the drive and all the shlepping of our stuff, we have been each sore and drained.


I do know it might sound unusual, however I made a decision that we must always get an expert therapeutic therapeutic massage. And so we booked two back-to-back massages for later that afternoon.

Time to return to 1964


The Carolan Today April 2022

However first, we took a commuter prepare right down to 5480 S. Cornell Avenue within the Hyde Park part of Chicago. That’s the handle of the Carolan Flats, the place my grandparents lived within the Nineteen Fifties and 60s. Their condominium is on the highest flooring on the left facet of the picture.


We want the proper music!



The constructing nonetheless seems to be just about the identical on the surface.


Nevertheless, the within had some remuddling that, whereas not hideous, completely negated the Nineteen Twenties appeal the constructing nonetheless retained within the Nineteen Sixties. Sadly, all of that was gone.


That’s fake wooden grain. Sure, it’s. It was completely, positively painted again within the Nineteen Sixties.


Carolan 1920s residence hotel

Nevertheless, within the foyer is that this mural of how the Carolan seemed within the Nineteen Twenties.

 Apartments - My Grandparents floor plan
Above is the precise floorplan of my grandparent’s condominium. It amazes me how a lot it seemed like my previous condominium in Bronxville. It was even the identical measurement!


Thanksgiving circa 1964 5480 S. Cornell AveAbove, the entire mishpocha (numerous spellings, however pronounced mish-pooka) at Thanksgiving circa 1964. (I’m sorry concerning the poor high quality.)

A smiling selfie outdoors the Carolan. I’ve included this shot as a result of that is the precise spot the place my grandparents would stand to bid us farewell yearly– tears streaming down my expensive Nonnie’s pale cheeks. I by no means understood it till I felt the gut-wrenching ache when my kids are about to depart me for a protracted interval.

Lovely Hyde Park Chicago apartm

Throughout the road from the Carolan, we noticed this beautiful constructing at 5421 S. Cornell Ave.


5480 S. Cornell Ave - 63 E Lake Street - Chicago, IL


To provide some reference, all the metropolis of Chicago, plus its suburbs. Above is the gap from my grandparents to our Airbnb, which is definitely eight miles.

After our go to to my grandparent’s constructing, Cale and I went for a stroll and had a espresso and shared a slice of carrot cake (no judging, we have been on trip!) at a close-by cafe.

After which, we went again uptown (from Hyde Park) for our massages.

I went first as a result of I’m the mama, haha, and Cale went for a stroll. In fact, when it was his flip, I HAD to take myself over to “Fields.” AKA Marshall Fields, the Chicago flagship retailer at State and Randolph.

Alas, lots of you recognize that Marshall Fields now not exists because it was purchased out by Macy’s.


The iconic Marshall Field and Company, now Macy


I like greater than I can say that they nonetheless saved the Marshall Fields & Co. placard.


I went inside.


Thoughts you, I didn’t simply stroll in to go searching. Nosiree. I wanted a brand new jacket. Whereas it was nonetheless fairly gentle once we arrived, it was getting colder and colder.

It took some time, as they’re primarily promoting spring and summer time clothes. Thankfully, I discovered a blazer that appears good on. I paid for it after which took the elevator to the Oak Room.


What concerning the inside, Laurel?

Oh yeah. Nicely… it’s not hideous, however it might be higher, particularly the lighting.


MacyThe brass rail above jogged my memory of my new staircase railing design.



As you may see, they did retain a lot of the unique fittings and character from the unique. However, it simply doesn’t have the identical class it as soon as did.


First, right here’s a nostalgic take a look at the previous Marshall Fields from a postcard created a few hundred years in the past.


marshall fields store early 20th c.
See what I imply? That is precisely how I keep in mind it. I can virtually odor all the scrumptious perfumes.

Yearly the day after Thanksgiving, my aunt and uncle drove my two cousins, me and perhaps my brother, I’m undecided. Holly may’ve been too grown up by that point. Nevertheless, we have been every given 5 entire {dollars}, which was a fortune. With that cash, we purchased ourselves a present. However, earlier than that occurred, we stood in an enormous crowd to get a glimpse of the gorgeous Christmas vacation home windows.


After our purchasing spree, we’d head as much as the Walnut Room for a candy.


Nevertheless, this all the time meant standing in a line for at least one hour. Make no mistake; we weren’t leaving till we had our deal with within the Walnut Room!


The Walnut Room former Marsh

Above is my picture of how the Walnut Room Appears at this time. In fact, the room was decked out for Christmas, however that is just about how I remembered it.

Please go right here for a lot of nice pictures of the previous Marshall Fields, significantly at vacation time. There are additionally many different forgotten images of previous Chicago.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I usually went with my cousins or brother to the Museum of Science and Trade, solely a ten-minute stroll away from my grandparent’s constructing.


Oh, what unimaginable reminiscences.


By the way, Cale and I loved our massages, and we felt so a lot better.

Please contact Nedra at Meticulous Therapeutic massage on Michigan Ave. You can too e book a therapeutic massage on-line.

So, we cleaned up and headed out to a restaurant on Michigan Ave @ Ontario Avenue for dinner at Nedra’s advice. Please don’t ask me the title of the restaurant. haha. It wasn’t unhealthy, however it was freezing at our desk by the window. And for that, I’ve to remove some factors.

Nevertheless, in an eery second, I seemed out the window overlooking Michigan Ave and there it was…


The Allerton Hotel Tip Top Tap April 2022

It was probably the most weird expertise as a result of I keep in mind this signal, having seen it dozens of instances however not for many years. Please additionally discover, with out that means to, {a partially} obstructed what was as soon as generally known as The 100-story John Hancock Constructing.

When the JH constructing was bought in 2018, the title needed to change, and it’s now generally known as 875 North Michigan Avenue.

For extra great pictures and data on the Allerton Resort and this part of Chicago, please take a look at this implausible compilation.


After dinner, Cale and I went as much as the roof deck for extra Chicago pictures at evening. There’s a cause I booked this place. I needed to SEE Chicago from excessive up. In all of the years of visiting, I by no means had the possibility.


night view over E. Lake Street, Chicago

Above is the same view as our condominium is slightly below.

Nevertheless, sure, I understand it seems to be like I’m hanging over the sting of the constructing. haha. Consider me once I say that the sting of the constructing is a minimum of ten toes away, and there’s a excessive fence all the best way round.

Some pictures have been taken on high of a built-in concrete planter. Together with my telephone’s zoom function, that’s how this phantasm was created.


The L all lit up from above!


Chicago Skyline Trump Tower

A commanding view of the Trump Tower Resort at 401 N. Wabash Ave.


hadows building on E. Lake Street

Some loopy, wild lighting on the artwork deco constructing throughout the road. I couldn’t discover details about it.


Gold leaf topped Carbide and Carbon B

Proper earlier than we left for our journey to Wisconsin within the morning, I went again as much as the roof for just a few extra pictures. That is one among my favorites from the journey. Above is the beautiful gold leaf topped Carbide and Carbon Constructing mirrored in a contemporary glass constructing.


Millennium Park and bean Chicago Illinois - April 2022 photo LBI

A shot of Millenium Park with “The Bean.” Alas, our time was so quick, and I had different pressing issues to take care of, like getting my hair completed. lol


So, we schlepped all of our stuff again to the automotive 4 blocks away.


I don’t know the way we did it. Oh, wait. I do keep in mind how we did. I groaned and whined all the time, however I’ve to say, it was an ideal exercise!

After that, we walked to the closest Drybar on Wells Ave, the place I had an appointment to get my hair professionally washed and blown dry. Upkeep doesn’t stop once I’m on trip!


Neoclassical elements Chicago Loop Beaux arts building

On our method, I needed to cease and take some pics of this beautiful Beaux-Arts Constructing. If anybody is aware of what this constructing is, please shout it out!


The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)

Virtually immediately reverse the Drybar simply occurs to be the second tallest constructing in North America, the Willis Tower (previously the Sears Tower).

Cale was an ideal son and received me my important morning espresso and returned on the appointed time.


Old against new Chicago Loop April 2022

We walked again to the automotive once I observed this fascinating juxtaposition of a classical constructing (I believe it’s Metropolis Corridor?) with the large “lens” trendy constructing we noticed earlier within the picture of the L taken from our Airbnb front room.


I’m closing our Chicago go to with a few beautiful previous pictures.


1931 chicago skyline Wrigley Building - Jewelers Building

by way of chicagology


The picture above is my favourite of the Chicago skyline in 1931. I particularly adore it as a result of we are able to see the identical buildings I used to be in a position to see from our AirBnb and walks, trying as they did over 90 years in the past.


oak street beach 1924 - Chicago

That is the Oak Avenue Seaside in 1924 Chicago, proper when my father turned two. On the best is the beautiful Drake Resort.

Now, I do know why Frank Sinatra sang “My Type of City, Chicago Is…” It was a fantastic, elegant metropolis again within the early twentieth century.


Chicago magnificent mile + loop

Above is a map I made combining maps to indicate the locations pictured or visited. The pink star is the place we stayed.


Theatre District downtown Chicago

One final picture I snapped outdoors the Chicago Theatre, simply across the nook from our Airbnb. I’m astonished that Carol Burnett remains to be performing. She simply turned 89! God bless!


The drive to Milwaukee is surprisingly quick. When you ever fly between the 2 cities, you attain cruising altitude and instantly descend into O’Hare Area. Nevertheless, the drive is straightforward, and we discovered our Airbnb, this time only a smidge north of Milwaukee, within the quaint city of Cedarburg.


airbnb Cedarburg, WI

I selected this nation setting as a result of I knew we’d adore it after our extra intense metropolis expertise.

Above is the surface of our charming Airbnb in Cedarburg, WI. And it was tremendous good inside, too! Sadly, by now, it was past freeeeeezing. The climate was HORRIBLE and made me additional completely happy that we didn’t make this journey in February!

This leg of the journey was about reuniting with household and my mother’s BFF.


The subsequent day, we went to the seashore on the best way to the airport.


By the point we received there, I felt barely queasy, and the chilly air was an excessive amount of. Little did I do know that this was in all probability an early symptom of my covid. Nevertheless, I did really feel good on the airport and on the journey dwelling.

Nevertheless, once we received to the seashore, the chilly air was an excessive amount of, so I stayed within the automotive and took this pretty image of Cale beachcombing with my sister, Holly.


Holly and Cale Shores Lake Michigan - Milwaukee, WI April 28, 2022


And, this concludes the midwestern journey with my darling son, Cale.


I hope you loved studying extra concerning the metropolis of Chicago and components of my previous.

When you missed the information, I’m throughout my covid and have been testing unfavorable since Saturday.



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