A Childhood Memory Revisited

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Somehow when I drove to this area, a faded memory started to pop into life: That very same dead end sign that used to be there when I would visit my relatives as a kid. The area still remains the same, minus a few houses that was or is no longer there.

Despite of it all, the memory remains.

The Remains of Bally Total Fitness

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These are the remains of what was Bally Total Fitness near where I live. The building is gone, but the signs are still there… for now. There is a new building in the process, but I don’t know when the construction people are gonna remove the signs. I decided to get a photo of it, because it may not be there by the time I get to it.

What was once a thriving fitness center, has been long gone.

There are more abandoned buildings nearby, so I will get some photos of them before they are demolished for good.

Reliving Childhood Memories: The Plaza (Evergreen Plaza)

Two weeks ago, I went to the doctor’s with my Mum (Don’t worry.. it wasn’t anything serious bout me at all. My Mum had an appointment to go to) at Evergreen Park. Granted, I haven’t been there in so long (Actuallly, since I was a kid. I was maybe 10 years old at that time), but while she went to see the doctor, I decided to check out what The Plaza (Or Evergreen Plaza as it used to be called) actually looks like now, and see how much it has changed over the years.

..and man, did it changed.. A LOT.

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When I first got to Evergreen Park, the first thing that I noticed was the Evergreen Plaza sign. Granted, the only thing that I remember from my childood was that Carson’s.. and it’s still there, despite the construction going on there. Yes, I really hate to say this, but Evergreen Plaza mall.. is no more. It has been torn down ever since 2013. Now, they’re revamping Evergreen Plaza as an outdoor mall with 30-40 stores (I read that online when I was spending the weekend with Touré). The Advocate Medical Center is still there, of course.., but everything else is gone.

As I make my way closer to the plaza, there were still a few things that hasn’t been demolished (..but will possibly sooner or later).

20160705_143700.jpgThis sign is still there, and the parking garage is still there as well.. although it has been sealed off for, I believe since the construction has started in 2013.

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I would actually love to get a shot of what the inside of the garage looks like now.. if I can.

As I walked deeper into The Plaza, I realized that Carson’s is still open. Curious as to what it looks like now, I decided to go in and take a look.

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Before I went inside, something else caught my eye. I don’t know if this office building was still open or not, but I decided to leave it alone for now.

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When I walked inside, I quickly realized that it was just another typical shopping day there. I went ahead and scoped out the store, trying to see what has changed over the last sixteen years. Parts of the store has been blocked off due to construction, and apparently, either possible store renovation or closing. This is one of a few parts that has been blocked off, and in it, you can see the store fixtures and one of the entrances to the mall (Or to the store itself. I’m gonna take a wild guess that it’s the mall entrance) that has been sealed off.

20160705_144456Another entrance that has been sealed off.

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..and yet, another mall entrance. However, what’s different about this one is that you can see the words “MALL NORTH” at the top. Perhaps that one or both of the previously blocked doors were the other entrances to the mall? Who knows…

20160705_145103.jpgI had to leave the store quickly, cause I knew that Mum’s appointment would be over by the time I came back from the medical center, but before I left, I decided to take a picture of this, just in case someone decides to remove it and redecorate it.

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All in all, it was fun traveling to Evergreen Plaza again after sixteen years. If I knew that the mall itself was gonna be closed down for good, then I would’ve went there and check it out before they demolished it. I kinda regret not seeing it though.., however, all is not lost. There will be an outdoor mall there next year, so I’m kinda curious to check it out once it’s finished.

This Friday or next week, I will travel to Evergreen Plaza again to check out Carson’s again, since I will have more time to do so. Also, next week, I will be traveling to another park that I went to as a kid, and see how much it has (Or hasn’t) changed. Stay tuned!

The End of Another Childhood Store

Yep… starting tomorrow, Office Depot in Calumet City is shutting down for good. Yet another childhood store is closing. Like someone that I know said: “Calumet City is becoming a ghost town”.. and that person is right. Recently, there has been a bunch of shootings and killings in this area, and I just found out that there are people who are buying and selling weed around the complex that I live… and near me (There’s a condo by me where a few of my family members used to live a long time ago, before it turned bad.. or so I’ve heard, and they’re right. There’s nothing, but mostly drug dealers there.., and it’s sad). Well… time to say goodbye to another store that I grew up on. Note: These pictures I took yesterday. Their final day of business is tomorrow.. which I won’t get to go see for the final time, cause I’ll be in Rosemont for the entire weekend.

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012I tried my best not to get caught by the employees there.. and I actually didn’t get caught. What a relief.. and a surprise.

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017All there was left when I was there was a bunch of fixtures that was up for sale and a few items that are for sale for 60 all the way to 90% off. Just like Target and Pier 1 Imports, this left me with a hint of sadness in me. Another store that I used to go to when I was a kid/preteen.. now gone.

018Now the nearest Office Depot location (Same with Target) is in Homewood. Looks like I’ll be making a trip over there in a few weeks to get some printer ink for my new printer, so I can start using it. Oh well… time to say goodbye once again.

Goodbye Office Depot in Cal City…pretty soon I’ll be leaving this suburban place in a year… hopefully.