Celebrating the Unique History and Culture of Chicago's Uptown Community
Awesome shot-- this is the building that had the huge fire a year or two ago. Surprisingly, they are rebuilding. The whole thing was completely destroyed, but the walls still stand. There was a little store in 1114 for a while, and my friend and I went in there during a blizzard in 2005. The lady who owned the place was so sweet-- and told us all kinds of fascinating stories. I love finding out the history of these old places.
Mickeys Tap was Really named "Mickeys Miracle Tap" and it was owned by Mickey Cohen a Chicago mobster who worked out of L.A. sometime in the 60's it was firebombed. a few doors east was the Argmore theater
somewhere in the deep dark recesses of my memory I remember the name was changed to the Mirror Lounge
I lived 4917 SheridAan Rd from May 41 til Jan 50. I think the "Sanitary Fish Market" was just west of the tracks on the south side of the street.
My great-uncle, Max Epstein, was one of the 3 people murdered there. he was a former prize fighter. I didnt know this photo existed.
I found this story on the murdersin the first column of this june 11 1958 journal-tribune.http://www.newspaperarchive.com/SiteMap/FreePdfPreview.aspx?img=114378511
the story is on page 3 under"Hunt For Killer causes near riot in chicago show"
I used to drop in and play trombone with the Danny Alvin band (trio) in Mickey's in early 50s.Danny probably gave me my first "paying gig" in Chicago when he was doing weekend (Sunday) concerts for college students in the suburbs somewhere.Another guy who sat in on trumpet was Jim Clark. I lost contact with Jim when I left Chi in '57 to re-enlist in Army. Marty Nichols, 80.
Sanitary Fish and Oyster was at 1147 Argyle. That was my Dad's and Grandpa's store, worked there on weekends when I was a kid. Remember the Neon Swordfish?
Jeffrey, would you happen to have any photos or memorabilia we can post?
I am steve esko, Jeff's brother. The correct address of the fish store is 1127. I worked at the store on Saturdays from about 1958-1966. Our Dad,Shelly Esko grew up in the neighborhood starting in the 20's. He would know every shop owner from Sherian Rd to Broadway. We will talk to him about Pictures and stories from the street. By the way, the picture of Coffee Sams was a place I frequented. A great diner with about 10 counter spaces and a few booths. Abe and Moe (brothers) ran it.
Thanks, Steve! You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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