Things just ain't how they used to be ...

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When the fabulous Janet Rausa Fuller — Sun-Times writer of all things eating — wrote the obit for Delicatessen Meyer, a long-time Lincoln Square favorite, it got me thinking about the many neighborhood haunts — and colorful shop keepers for that matter — who have sadly disappeared from the streetscape.

I'm talking about the Zephyr ice cream shop in Ravenswood, Sal the Barber of Roscoe Village and Joe Bailey's in Beverly. Oh, and that freaky dive bar in Uptown that had the same band (Night Watch) play on a stage behind the bar just about every night — Lake View Lounge, which opened in the '20s and closed in August 2005.

Since we're on the subject, what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots that you'd hate to lose. And tell my us why you think they're special.
Extra points to anyone who has the best late-night story about visiting Johnny's on Lincoln (that bar just north of the Paulina stop, you only know it if you've been there.)

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The Cove in Hyde Park is one of those classic, old school neighborhood taverns. It looks like it hasn't changed much of anything since at least 1960, except for adding a Golden Tee game, electronic darts, and a pinball machine. But with the heavily lacquered wood picnic-stye tables, the wood paneling, the vintage beer label hanging lights, and smoke as thick as the Cal Sag, it's a great little place to buy cheap beer, rollick with old friends (especially after a White Sox game), and occasionally check out the U of C co-eds that frequent the place. I haven't been there in a while, but it would suck if it closed down.

Roasters on Taylor Street. The best gyros and hot dog joint around. The Double Dog, 2 hot dogs in one bun with fries for $1.50, was my favorite. They were booted and replaced by Potbelly a few years ago. Bastards!!

I lived on Thomas and Avers in 1968
and remember the best Lemonade shop on the corner of
I miss that time, also remember when the F.dept. opened fire
pumps every time it hit 100 degrees. oh well!!
live far away now but still remember those days, and i pass
it on to my kids.

I lived on Thomas and Avers in 1968
and remember the best Lemonade shop on the corner of
I miss that time, also remember when the F.dept. opened fire
pumps every time it hit 100 degrees. oh well!!
live far away now but still remember those days, and i pass
it on to my kids.

Down on the Southwest Side we're hearing a lot of neighbors reminiscing about the closing of Snackville Junction - which brings to minds all sorts of other now-closed neighborhood favorites. But there are plenty of places still going strong (and providing the area with great food) ... Ken's, Original Rainbow Cone, Richie's, Grant's Wonderburger, ...

to continue the southside (fastfood) eateries still up and good, how about jansons for a bannana shake, lyndie's and gertie's for some killer chili and a sundae, or top notch for a damn fine beefburger? and to add to those gone c'mon no mention of RED'S ?!.... southside home of the healthy.

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Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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