Saturday, July 28, 2018

1960s & 70s Devon Avenue Bakeries in Chicago.

Devon Avenue in Chicago's West Ridge and Rogers Park communities was loaded with bakeries in the 1960s & 70s. If you know a bakery that belongs on this list, please leave the name and address in a comment below.
They are still open on Devon Avenue.
Tel-Aviv is still open on Devon Avenue.
Arfa Bakery, 1348 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Litberg's Bakery, 1519 W Devon Avenue, Chicago.
Nelson's Bakery, 2245 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Heinemann's Bakery, 2255 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Devon Bakery, 2301 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Burny Bros. Bakery, 2433 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Schlosser's Bakery, 2433 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Farber's Bakery, 2502 1/2 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Gross Bakery, 2546 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Leonard's Bakery, 2651 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Kuznitsky's Bakery, 2745 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Gitel's Kosher Pastry Shop, 2745 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Knopov's Bakery, 2815 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Levinson's Bakery, 2856 W Devon Avenue, Chicago
Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery, 2944 W Devon Avenue, Chicago


  1. I remember the awesome scent of the air inside Tel Aviv.... when I was a little kid and would accompany my mother on her shopping walks on Devon, we visited probably most of these businesses, although I only really remember Tel Aviv by name. They would always give me a little cookie or snack when we went in there, as my mom waited for her paper number to be called. Wow... I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

    1. I worked at Arfa's Bakery on Devon in the 1970's. The owner was a Holocaust Survivor from Poland. It was my first real job and I was paid $1.35 per hour which wasn't a lot. However, the Arfas let me take home many baked goods for my family. Boy, did we get fat. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  2. While eating "New York Style Crumb Cake" purchased at my local Florida supermarket my mind jumped to a crumb cake I ate as a young adult. I lived in the Belmont-Central neighborhood and my mom bought bakery goods at Schlosser's Bakery on Belmont Avenue. I don't know if they were affiliated with the Schlosser's Bakery on Devon. This was in the 50's and early 60's. M,M good!

    1. As far as I know, Devon Avenue's Schlosser's Bakery was the same family.

  3. Knopov's had the best cherry cobbler squares and whipped cheesecake squares. Levinson's had delish pizza bread. Nothing I've had since compares.


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