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Taylor and Racine

I responded and still do to where I was from by saying “Taylor and Racine”.  I think of Joe’s Tavern where my dad played shuffleboard and the card game that I remember being called Brisco (probably really Briscolo ?)  Then there … Continue reading

Chicago Mobsters by Michael G'Francisco

Michael G’Franciso has written a long overdue book on Chicago mobsters, beginning with our early mayors and the incorporation of Chicago as a city in 1833.   Michael takes us through the Hull House era and the Irish mob that controlled  … Continue reading

Introductory Story: Growing Up in Taylor Street's Little Italy

I was asked by the Near West Gazette to write an overview of my experiences in growing up in Little Italy prior to their publishing the remaining stories contained in the Taylor Street Archives. Their assumption was that my experiences … Continue reading

Two Week Furlough

As a child I attended a Hull House camp called The Bowen Country Club, located in Waukegan, Illinois. During the summer groups of mothers and children spent two week at this beautiful camp which was filled with flowers, grass and … Continue reading

My Taylor Street: John De Bartolo

  DeBartolo’s 1950s Taylor Street There are many great stories I can remember about growing up “On Taylor Street”. I remember the neighbors all sitting out during the summer months the men tasting each other’s homemade wine and the women … Continue reading

The honorable Angelo Dominic Mistretta: A man for all seasons.

My name is Jim Allegretti and I want to tell you about Angelo Dominic Mistretta – what a perfect Italian name. Angelo grew up on Taylor Street. He dropped out of high school because of a difference of opinion with … Continue reading

Gentile Pharmacy

Mike Gentile Fall 2011 Upon being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a limited time to remain with us, Mike Gentile contacted the Taylor Street Archives to include the Gentile Pharmacy in the chronicles of the legendary Taylor Street. Following … Continue reading

Tirtilli's (Solly's) Tavern

From:   Camardo, Eleanor RE:      Archives’ Stories   Dear Mark and Vince: It would be sacrilegious if I did not express those happy good years. I am not the writer you are so please edit as you see fit. … Continue reading

Cinder Stadium: Over the Fence is Out!

By Vince Romano, June 2005 I grew up in Taylor Street’s Little Italy, the Hull House neighborhood.  I share this with the other members of the Taylor Street Archives. I’m sure there are many stories that have come out of … Continue reading

Dante School Yard

By Vince Romano Collaborator:  Johnnie Parise September 2006 The historic significance of the Dante School yard dates back to the turn of the century and then some. It shares center stage with the Jane Addams Hull House (circa 1889), Halsted … Continue reading

A View From Morgan Street

By Sara Amato Loconte Contributors: Dinah and Anthony “Hooker” Troianello Our Morgan Street (1000 west) was one of the many neighborhoods within the boundaries of the legendary Taylor Street’s “Little ltaly.”  Two blocks East of us was the well known … Continue reading

The Lupino Gang

“It was a Glorious Time” I grew up on Carpenter Street, just 2 blocks east of Sheridan Park. As a pre-teenager during the 1960s (age 8-9), I belonged to the notorious “Lupino Gang.”  For the uninformed, a lupino is a … Continue reading

Vito Favia

Our Veterans: Vito P. FaviaSgt. Vito P. Favia of 1027 South Peoria Street, age 22, inducted November 20, 1942, basic training San Diego, California. After basic training he joined the 4th Raider Battalion as demolition expert. Saw action on Guadalcanal, … Continue reading

Notable Athletes with Roots to the Legendary Taylor Street

Notable Athletes with Roots to the Legendary Taylor Street Excerpted from the Taylor Street Archives website.  www.taylorstreetachives.com   Luke Capuano, one of the many successful fistfighters produced by Taylor Street

The Rags-a-line Man and Other Sounds from Taylor Street

The New York Times Bestseller — Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond — reconfigures how various peoples evolved as they had. How it was that the Inca emperor was slain by soldiers sent across the ocean by the King … Continue reading

Taylor Bishop

Vincent, We started the Taylor Bishops in the 50s.  The location was on the northeast corner of Taylor and Laflin Street Next to a hardware store and a Barber (old guy who wore a red hair wig).  My grandparents had … Continue reading

Morgan Street: Memories of a Holy Family Altar Boy

     I was born in spring of 1945, WWII was winding down. I was able to escape becoming a baby boomer. I lived at 1124 South Morgan Street, on the corner of Morgan and Grenshaw.  It had a curving red … Continue reading

Angelo Mistretta Biography

Angelo Mistretta Biography February 13, 2010 I was born on February 16, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois at home by a mid-wife. My address was 560 West Gilpin Street (now called Cabrini Street). My siblings are as follows: Margaret (Maggie), Bella, … Continue reading

Blue Boys Club--Rhythm Shack Guys

Vince, I hung out mostly right on the opposite corner of the Blue Boys Club.  There was a snack shop, called the Rhythm Shack, guys like Neni V., Johnny T., Vergil C., Pete P., Anthony C., Joey M., Mike A., … Continue reading

The Club

“Where are you going?” “No place, ma…I’m just going to the club.” Vince Romano: “It was a glorious time.” During the 30s and 40s and on through the decades of the 50s and 60s, Taylor Street had clusters of Social … Continue reading

Carpenter and Taylor

    My cousins and their friend were from around Carpenter St. and Taylor.  They had a club there, the Corsairs, in the 50’s, I believe. I will write to one of my cousins about this. In fact, I sent … Continue reading

The Debs

The “Young Debs” at Bowen Country Club, 1951 Top: Lu Caruso, Maryann Altier, Jackie Bagnola, Marge De Talve, Tommie Romano 3rd: Rose Ranieri, Fran Tarsitano, Cookie Valerio 2nd: Marilyn Ferraro, Rosalie Carengella, Louise De Palma, -?, Paulette Cassale Bottom: Lu … Continue reading

"...one would think that you all had the same mother"

November, 2005 When it was apparent that he did not have much longer to live, Chickie pleaded with me to return to Chicago…to Taylor Street’s Little Italy.   “These are friends that love me and I love them with all … Continue reading

Robert "Doc" Yario

Prologue:  Doc Yario, a product of the Legendary Taylor Street, was one of a multitude of Taylor Street bred young men who overcame the prophesies of our sociological soothsayers.  A Notre Dame graduate, Doc became a heart surgeon of note. … Continue reading

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