Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.
Six Corners and the buildings that exist and have existed within it are places that matter to our residents. This is why we reached out to you all to ask you your memories of living, shopping, and playing around Six Corners. The following is a dedication to the spaces and buildings that our residents have created memories in. Through This Place Matters, we hope to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.
I grew up in Old Irving Park and have very fond memories of Six Corners. I can't tell you how many summers I spent biking around the buildings at Six Corners—I never quite had a particular destination, but it was just wonderful to bike through and between all the nooks and crannies that the buildings' exteriors provided. There were always a comfortable amount of traffic and people—just enough to see what places people were attracted to, but not so many that my biking was interrupted. If I had to give one building that I did very much enjoy walking around, it would be Sears. I mean, who didn't?
I used to go to the dentist in the Klee Building when I was little. If it ended up that I had to have any work done, my mom would take me to Kee Department Store and buy me a toy. I always liked going to the dentist because of this.
MARY JO P.
My parents bought their home at Bernice and Kilpatrick in 1963, the year I was born. My three siblings and I went to St. Bartholomew grade school, and I graduated from DePaul. We shopped at Six Corners almost every day. My favorite places were the Alpine Market on Cicero, Woolworth’s, the Newsstand (that later became City News), and Kee Department Store. My love for music began in the 70s in the record department at Kee. I would take my allowance and go first to the record department to buy a 99 cent 45 record and pick up my SuperCFL survey, then over to Newsstand to buy my Rolling Stone magazine. I’d stop at Sears and look for clothes and Mailings for shoes and finally to Woolworth lunch counter for a grilled cheese and Green River soda. Six Corners was my neighborhood and my world. I have many fond memories. We had it all! I moved back in 2015 and fell in love all over again.
My grandma lived at 8049 W. Irving and never learned to drive, so she was proficient with public transportation. We enjoyed many bus trips up Irving to Six Corners for Sears shopping and walking in and out of local stores. We frequented Portage Park and the Metro Warehouse—which was maybe at Belmont and Central. We often went all the way to the lakefront after our Sears excursions and ate cream cheese and jelly sandwiches by the totem pole at Sheridan and Irving. It seemed that—not only did she know her way around town—she talked with all the shopkeepers. It was all just a big neighborhood!
Having been born in Old Irving Park in 1966 (and still a resident), I have very fond memories of Six Corners growing up. Every Saturday morning—without fail—my sisters, friends, and I would make our weekly pilgrimage to visit Sears where we'd go to purchase the latest 45s or Bonne Bell Lip Smacker, Kee Department Store just because, the Brunswick Store to check out the T-shirts, Puff Fluff donuts for a treat, or the Woolworth counter for a sundae. No visit would be complete without a trip to the Jewelry Heist for the $1 grab bag. I loved going to the Alpine Market to look at the stuffed bear, even though I never bought anything. In the late 70s/early 80s there was a Gap, a Herman’s Sporting Goods store and a slew of card and gift shops. We had no need to ever go anywhere else. So many great memories!
Back in the late 60's, we dressed like "greasers" , bought some clothes at Bernard’s Mens Store (4047 N. Milwaukee ), our pointed Cuban heel shoes at Thom McAnn (4024 N. Milwaukee ), danced at "Our Place" Teen Club (4065 N Milwaukee), and bought our records at Deluxe (between Our Place & Bernards).
I grew up at Keeler & Byron in the 80s, and walking with my siblings and cousins to the Portage Theater at Six Corners was SUCH a treat! Cheap movies ($1??) and such fun! I have INCREDIBLY fond memories of the Portage as our neighborhood theater...that we could WALK TO (without adults!). It was our first bit of childhood/tween/pre-tween independence that I remember. Still fond of the Portage today, due to the childhood memories from the 80s.
I have very fond memories of The Portage Theater as someone that grew up in the neighborhood with many friends who lived nearby. For a couple of years, my elementary school, North Park Elementary, hosted our annual school musical at The Portage. I remember feeling like such a legitimate actress on that stage with its built-in dressing rooms and professional lighting and sound rigs. As the first real theatre I ever performed in, it holds a dear place in my heart! We really thought we were quite the professionals! I don't live in the neighborhood anymore (but I'm not far)! I enjoy coming back and visiting the old neighborhood whenever possible!