Getting back to Skip's Drive in. Used to go there every Friday night (back in the late 50's) with all the "guys" piled into either my Dad's 57 Ford or my cousins Dad's Buick. Drive out North Avenue to Skip's and cruise the lot. I wonder how they made any money there because all we went there for was to drag race Eastbound on North for a quarter mile or try and pick up chicks in other cars.
If you went to watch you parked in the Polk Bros. lot on the South side of North Avenue and sat on your hood. Some of the guys would actually bring checkered flags with and get out onto North Avenue and start races. I think the Police ignored that a lot in those days and infrequently showed up.
We also went up to the "Pie Pan" which I think was at Cicero Avenue and maybe Touhy or Dempster. Hang out for people that wanted to race on the Edens Exway.
As for other Memories .... Rainbow Cones
on the South Side. (Still there I believe)North of 95th and Western I think. On Western. White Castles
at 3AM after many beers or you did not like your date. Min 6 of them (the WC). Top of the Rock
at the Prudential Building for great romantic dinners The Playboy Club
and dancing with the bunnies at 5AM. The Cave
on the West Side for the greatest burgers and place to eat (Still there I think) Lake Front
to watch "submarine races" with your favorite date. Montrose Harbor. Edgewater Beach Hotel
- Prom night from Lane Tech HS. 1956. Villa Venice
for a great dinner and a boat ride. The HUB
on Harlem Avenue for some great roller skating. (Gone) Henry's
the Mc Donalds alternative. Russels
on North Avenue near the old Skip's where we used to turn around to go back. This place is still there and great Ribs and BBQ Pork Sandwiches. Corner North and 1st Avenue or River Road. The ARC
out on Milwaukee Ave that had the greatest chicken dinners. (Gone) Carsons
for Ribs. Great! Stock Yards Inn
- Many years ago with my parents! Now gone but the downside was we lived on the Northwest side and when the wind blew from the South, Whew!
Lukes Hot Dogs on Harlem near Addison.
THE GREATEST ITALIAN FOOD on the South Side - JC's Pub, 127th and Cicero. When we go to Chicago we always go there! Say hello to Joe for us. He is always there to welcome diners. Nice bar also! Food is all home cooked and excellent. Go on Thursday night for Lamb Shanks, out of this world!
My brains are fried on this subject. Will be back for more once my wife gets home. She remembers things.
Don and Pat
Castle Rock Colorado