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Hungry enough to eat a (Jim) shoe

February 5, 2021

Did you ever find that in frequenting your favorite restaurants, you tend to go back and forth ordering the same couple of items? I know I do. I have no need to look past them on the menu because I really like them.

For instance, if it’s Palermo’s of 63rd and I am ordering carryout, it is going to be pizza. Dining in, it will be sausage and peppers, lasagna or chicken. Frank’s sauces just can’t be beat. If I am going to Super Sub around the corner on Marquette, it will be a hot sandwich like a gyro or a steak sub. No need to look any further. Those are the items I like and look forward to.

Well recently, I happened to stop in Super Sub while Sam was changing the signs. One of the pictures caught my attention, and then I noticed the name: Jim Shoe. Have you ever heard of a Jim Shoe sandwich?

So, here’s the breakdown: the sandwich is made of roast beef, corned beef and gyro meat, along with the regular cheese, lettuce and tzatziki and giardiniera. In discussing it with Sam, I found out it is really popular and they have been serving them for years. Sounds like it would be enough for three meals; and with all those amazing flavors blending, you can be sure I will try that on my next visit.

I suppose after eating the Jim Shoe, I would need to exercise. If you feel you could use some exercise too, Hubbard High School is having a free adult Zumba class every Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. and every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

Did you see that the Shared Sidewalk Program has reopened for 2021 and is now taking new applications? The cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. For the 2021 program, applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system by calling 311, through 311.chicago.gov, or through the free CHI311 mobile apps on iOS Apple and Android.

Last week, on our visit back to 1966, we had decided to shop for some draperies. We wanted custom made, so we were going to the store that was billed as Chicago’s Largest Drapery Center. It was right here in the neighborhood at 6245 S. Kedzie. Mary L. recognized the shop as Florence Draperies right away because she remembered shopping there when she and her husband first bought their house.

In 1966 the custom draperies started as low as $1.57 a yard. Almost sounds impossible in this day and age, doesn’t it? But of course, salaries were much lower then. Starting pay for a machinist at the Kool Aid plant at 74th and Rockwell was $2.40 an hour in 1966. Interestingly the starting rate at White Castle was $1.70 per hour. While you had to be available to work different shifts, being that it was open 24 hours a day, that starting salary came with free uniforms and free hospitalization.

Well, let’s move over to 63rd and California. We are going to pop into the bakery that is just west of California on the south side of the street. The owner of the bakery ran for local office on the Republican ticket at one time. Do you remember the name on the bakery 55 years ago?

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