Elmwood Park

Elmwood Park

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In less than 50 years, a blink of the eye in the history of mankind, Elmwood Park transformed itself from qprairie to prosperity.q Fertile lands once home to Native Americans sprouted a development unlike any that had ever been seen in the Chicago area. The Westwood subdivision, started by John Mills just before the start of the Great Depression, resulted in the construction of over 1, 500 brick bungalows in two years. A second postwar boom coincided with the Italian American migration from the old Chicago neighborhoods. The next 50 years would see continued growth and change. When people think of Elmwood Park, images of food often accompany those thoughts. Envisioning a barbecue pork sandwich or a qcombo, juicy, sweet and large ice, no-lidq brings back memories of standing in long lines, cash in hand, among people of all races united in the desire to satisfy their appetites.I had patronized the Mercury Theatre, eaten at Johnniea#39;s and Russella#39;s, and bought tires at the Sears Auto Center. I had even purchased a tree at Handy Andy. Every village has a story, and I knew that Elmwood Park deserved its rightful place among the Arcadia series of local history books. The first residents were Native Americans, who occupied what is now the vicinity of Evans Field. The location was known as both a chipping station and a signal station, where they would makeanbsp;...

Title:Elmwood Park
Author: Kenneth J. Knack
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2014-01-27

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