Thread Number: 68331  /  Tag: Other Home Products or Autos
Forgotten Chicago
[Down to Last]'s exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items
Post# 910710   12/11/2016 at 23:30 (497 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

launderess's profile picture
Found this website showing some of the once great manufacturing that was centered in Chicago. Much lies either abandoned and in ruins now, and or was demolished.

About Cicero, Illinois:

Post# 910712 , Reply# 1   12/11/2016 at 23:46 (497 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

philr's profile picture
Thanks for sharing these links Launderess. My grandfather worked for Northern Electric and he had interest in the company's history and in Western Electric too.

Post# 910715 , Reply# 2   12/12/2016 at 00:01 (497 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

rp2813's profile picture

Though my father, his sister and four brothers were born in Chicago, they grew up in Berwyn, in a similar neighborhood to the "one flat" street pictured in the link.


The extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in the area all worked at Western Electric at one time or another.  I'm sure it helped get them through the Great Depression.


My uncle delivered laundry to one of the Capone households in Cicero, and when my dad, the most self-sufficient of the bunch, was +/- 21, he consumed mass quantities of bootleg hooch and helped get it to speakeasies during prohibition.  They both used to tell some great stories.


I also learned long ago that you're never in Cicero.  The proper term is by Cicero.  I don't know if that's a mob thing or a Czech/Bohemian thing.

Post# 910734 , Reply# 3   12/12/2016 at 06:45 (497 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Pop, Six, Squish, Uh uh, Cicero, Lipschitz

launderess's profile picture

Post# 910737 , Reply# 4   12/12/2016 at 07:16 (497 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Cicero today

is a melting pot of several ethnicities. Latino, Polish, Chaldean, etc. Chicago has 87 ethnic neighborhoods.
Admiral was in Chicago, Zenith, Borg warner, etc., etc.

Post# 910750 , Reply# 5   12/12/2016 at 08:30 (497 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Thanks Launderess:

whirlykenmore78's profile picture
Those were very interesting articles.

Post# 914143 , Reply# 6   1/5/2017 at 16:19 (473 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Just drove by there, huge empty lots... Had the building hung on a few years it would have been ripe for loftversion. Wait, I think I'm thinking of something actually in Chicago.

Forgotten Chicago has some interesting programs for those in the area.

Post# 914148 , Reply# 7   1/5/2017 at 16:38 (473 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
The breakup of AT&T...

firedome's profile picture
and spinoff of WE was among the greatest travesties in American industrial history,
a mistake of titanic proportion, imho. Western Electric and Bell Labs was one of the greatest concentrations of innovators in the history of the world, now completely scattered to the winds.
What a shame.

Post# 914181 , Reply# 8   1/5/2017 at 18:26 (473 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

rp2813's profile picture



Truer words have never been spoken typed.

Post# 914221 , Reply# 9   1/5/2017 at 21:52 (473 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

polkanut's profile picture

Here's a link to another site featuring lost Chicago manufacturing, and also other long lost sites and experiences from the Windy City area.


Post# 914238 , Reply# 10   1/5/2017 at 23:36 (472 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

rp2813's profile picture

I remember the Curtiss candy factory along the Chicago River, and how the aroma of Butterfingers wafted over the surrounding area.


I didn't know that Frango Mints weren't still being made in the original (even if no longer Field's) kitchens.  I'm glad they've survived regardless.  So light, yet buttery!

Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

The Discuss-o-Mat has stopped, buzzer is sounding!!!
If you would like to reply to this thread please log-in...

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy