This is awesome! I’m a new reader and just discovered that you’re based in Chicago, and more specifically Oak Park?! That makes us neighbors, I’m in Forest Park. Crazy stuff! I’ve been meaning to make it to rainbow cone so thanks for the reminder! And Vito and Nick’s too…I’m trying to recall if I saw them on Triple D because it seems to ring a bell…
WOW…I love this post and I am not even from Chicago but have always wanted to be! Does that make sense…a Chicago wanna-be??? Having relatives and life long friends there and having lived in Waukegan years ago we got to visit all around and hit the special ‘little spots’ as you listed. Also being Polish and Lithuanian always made me feel as if I really could belong!
My friend just showed me this posting and I just about cried. I grew up on the Southside and haven’t been back in years. OUR bakery was Weber’s! The Indian on Pulaski was my mortal enemy! My sister and I went to Teddy Bear Daycare! I totally remember pretending to sleep during naptime while our teacher flipped through magazines at her desk.
Thank you thank you thank you for reminding me a bit of my childhood!
Ahhh, you tok me back to MY childhood! My family owned an auto parts store at 66th & Pulaski for many years. Used to go to Dove Candies, Vito & Nick’s and Huck Finn. I remember the huge indian. And now I am craving Rainbow Cone- my great-grandparents went there when they were dating and family continues to love it.
Never thought I’d see a post about my stomping ground,the Southwest Side! Then again, the neighhood(s) have been getting good food press of late…chef Ryan Poli is a fellow Garfield Ridger, pizza from Obbie’s was mentioned on The Good Wife, Weber’s snd Ptizcek’s bakeries and Mini-Hut (fried chicken)have been featured on local food shows and blogs like LTHForum and Serious Eats, etc. I hope you visit again and check out some other local gems (e.g., Joe and Frank’s Market for smoked sausage, Nicky’s for a Big Baby, Parisi’s for an Italian beef, I could go on and on).
A Chicagoan, great writer (about food!), AND a fellow NU alum (I got my MA in Lit)? Love it!
This post makes me crave a great punchki (I know it’s not the Polish spelling, but that’s how it always sounded when my mom called us that). I work in Evanston and have to say Bennison’s are my favorite, but they only have them once a year. I’ll have to do some driving to check this place out.
Tim, just wondering: have we never discussed the fact that we seem to have grown up very close to each other on the south side?!?! Just a few months ago I was out in Beverly (most of my mom’s side of the family still lives there) and I drove by Rainbow Cone and was immediately whisked away to memories of my childhood and so many warm summer nights, when my mom and I would walk over there and wait in (the inevitably long) line for some tasty sherbet. Ah, and of course the Indian on Pulaski and Huck Finn donuts! Thanks for taking me on a mini trip down memory lane! Fall is such a nostalgic time anyway, and your post just made it even more so.