Some sad news today. Despite efforts to save it, the Berwyn Spindle was razed.
The Spindle, which was in the parking lot of the Harlem-Cermak Shopping Center, was immortalized in the opening sequence of Penelope Spheeris' 1992 movie Wayne's World, which featured various Chicago and Chicago-area kitsch icons.
Here's a video clip about it.
The Spindle was probably the only memorable thing about Berwyn, Illinois, the town I was born in nearly 47 years ago. It was taken down to make way for a new Walgreen's.
Recently, an auto dealership sign on Western Avenue that was in the same sequence was torn down to make way for condos. Happily, Chicago Joe's restaurant, which is also near my home, is still there, as well as the giant Indian at 63rd and Pulaski.