Sparky's Snack Shop at Oakton Street and Monticello Avenue in Skokie, Illinois.
Sparky's Snack Shop (aka Sparky's Restaurant) at 3624 Oakton Street at Monticello Avenue in Skokie, Illinois, was an early-bird diner that specialized in fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch. The small, friendly staff ran the restaurant like a family. I've known Gus "Hotis" Hotousiotis the owner, since 1976 when I first got my driver's license.
Gus always remembered my name, even after 40 years, and was quite the conversationalist when you sat at the counter right in front of the grill area. When I ordered breakfast with sausage or bacon Gus always added a small portion of ham off the bone on my plate at no charge. I'm not exactly sure when they closed. I really miss Sparky's awesome breakfasts and lunches.