Demolition preparations at the former Maurice Lenell Cookie Factory Store on North Harlem Avenue. Norridge Illinois. Wednsday, February 19th, 2014., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
Another era is coming to a close in near northwest suburban Norridge Illinois in 2014.
For many years, local families would shop for delicious Maurice Lenell Cookies at their very popular Cookie Factory Store located on North Harlem Avenue in Norridge Illinois. My family and I would visit here from time to time when I lived on the near southwest side of Chicago during the 1970's and 80's, and take home boxes or plastic buckets of their many varieties of assorted cookies to take home.
In late 2007, this popular store location closed at the end of December, and has sat here vacant ever since.
Last week, I spotted what appeared to be a large piece of demolition machinery parked along the south side of the building near West Montrose Avenue, and two demolition workers nearby talking by a little skid steer Bobcat front end loader tractor on site. I asked them about what what going on here at the former Maurice Lenell Cookie Factory Store site, and they explained to me that "Yes", it will be demolished very soon.
By Friday, February 21st, 2014, temporary construction site chain link fencing with canvas cloth dust abatement shielding was already in place.
The Maurice Lenell Cookie Factory Store will be missed by many who grew up in Norridge Illinois, and for many who lived on the north and northwest side of Chicago.
Goodbye old friend.