Yesterday, Frank Sirmarco posted about some sad news: the Berwyn "Spindle" is being dismantled to make room for a new Walgreen's.
The Spindle, located in the town of my birth, Berwyn, gained world-wide exposure when it was one of the Chicago-area landmarks featured in the 1992 movie Wayne's World.
The Spindle is featured in the book "Roadside Americana," which my son (with a little help from my wife) got me for my birthday this year. I highly recommend this book.
Fear not-- most of the other Chicago-area landmarks, some of which are very near my home, are still safe.
The giant Native-American guy, who stands at 63rd and Pulaski, is still there. He holds a special place in my heart as a reminder of a late, great punk bar, Over Easy, which closed in 1986 to make room for a strip mall. It was a few doors down from the big guy.
Nearer to the Casa de Yen is the auto dealership sign, near Irving Park Road and Western, that Wayne and Garth passed. A developer is in the process of turning the former auto lot into a condo development, but left the sign up. Maybe a "Wayne's World" landmark is a selling point to some people.
Right around the corner from that is Chicago Joe's Restaurant. Their Sunday Brunch is outstanding, and in fact was one of the restaurants I named as a favorite when the restaurant meme was making the rounds a few months ago.
I haven't seen the movie in while. What other landmarks did they pass?