Monday, June 30, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sensibly Cooled with Washed Air


Adelphi Theater
7074 N. Clark Street
Chicago, ILL. 26

Vintage Newspaper Ad
Adults All Day 25 cents

Quest Network Services


Groovin' at The Parlor


Mc-505 Groovebox and MC-909 Sampling Groovebox at The Parlor.

The Parlor is located at:
Quest Network Services
7301 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

There is a Petition.

Petition to Alderman Moore
The portion of our neighborhood from the lake to the alley just West of Sheridan Road and Chase to Birchwood is currently zoned for residential uses as an RT-4 zone. The maximum density allowed in an RT-4 zone is one dwelling unit for every 1,000 square feet of lot area. A developer now wants to put up a large apartment/commercial building in the middle of the 7300 block of North Sheridan Road. In order to be allowed to do that, he needs to convince Alderman Moore to change the zoning law and re-zone the area as a business zone, which would permit four times the density permitted under the current law and would allow business uses. That would permit him to go through with his plans to put up 44 apartment units on what is now a parking lot, with nowhere for guests of the residents to park. It would also pave the way for similiar projects to be built on the former North Shore School site on Chase and the Shambhala Meditation Center site on the corner of Sherwin and Sheridan. Given the congestion and parking problems that already exist in our neighborhood, the last thing we need is projects of this this kind. If you want to keep this area residential and prevent the parking and congestion nightmares that re-zoning of this area to a business district would cause, please sign this petition to let Alderman Moore know how you feel.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Adelphi Theater 2006

It was a beautiful, historic building from the begining of the century. It was a vaudeville theater, turned single screen movie theater. It stayed that way until it's untimely demolition.

The Adelphi Theater, 1917-2006.

Demolished by Golden Hands Construction, under the supervision of Alderman Joe Moore.

Read more here.

Adelphi Theater Art Deco Ushers

I moved to the Rogers Park neighborhood in the late 1970's, to attend Loyola U. I lived on Estes Avenue, and I think the Adelphi was on the southwest corner of Clark and Estes. The Adelphi’s entrance on Clark Street had a very unusual sidewalk in front it. It wasn't anything like a typical Chicago "Streets and San" sidewalk, because it contained two very large inlays, that were art-deco style images of ushers. There was one on each side, and they looked as if they were bowing to you. Each usher extended one arm to welcome you to the show, and tucked the other behind his back.I found them remarkable for two reasons. First, they belonged to only the Adelphi, in that were created right there on that spot, and would never be used anywhere else. Second, they only made sense because the building was a theatre. If someone converted it into a grocery store, for example, customers would wonder what kind of oddball has two theatre ushers outside his grocery store. Read more here.

Adelphi Theater 1959

Wow..what a trip through time! I found this page after pondering a childhood memory of the Adelphi! Anyway, to set the record straight..I know the Adelphi on Clark Street in Chicago was showing mainstream Hollywood films as early as 1959. I am sure of this, because my mom took us to see a movie there that summer, and spotted this gorgeous brand new 1959 white Ford Country Squire wagon parked directly in front of the theatre, after which she proclaimed "I gotta have one of those!". Sure enough, on Thursday, September 3 of that year, we bought one from Courtesy Ford of Chicago, brand spanking new. (fawn tan color tho). Then, on New Year's Eve, December 31 we were treated to a movie about John Dillinger which ended that night just before the end of the Fab 50s! Read more here.

The Adelphi Theater on Cinematreasures.org

The Adelphi, built in 1917 for the Ascher Brothers circuit, was designed by local architect J.E.O. Pridmore. The theater stood on Clark Street at Estes Avenue in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. In the 1930s, the Adelphi received an Art Deco remodeling. The theater was modernized during the 1940s and again in the 1950s. It began to show second-run features starting in the late 1960s, and closed briefly in the early 1980s, after several years screening Spanish movies.In the mid 1980s, the Adelphi reopened as the North Shore Theater, but was again known as the Adelphi when it began to show East Indian films and became the premiere venue for Bollywood features in the Chicagoland area, despite its down-on-the-heels appearance both inside and out.The Adelphi closed in January 2002. Sadly, the still-viable theater was demolished in January 2006. Read more here.

Back from India




It was great getting out of Rogers Park for a while... Way out of Rogers Park.






Spent a few weeks in India, visiting friends in Bangalore, Goa, Old Goa, and Mysore.





Leaving for a while changed my World View and my perspective of Rogers Park.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Alder-Joker Cards posted everywhere



I discovered these posted all over the neighborhood! They seem to be political satire that depicts 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore as the Joker on a card.