Sunday, April 26, 2020

Remembering Lum's Restaurants in Illinois

Lum's Restaurant's busiest Chicago location was in the Old Town neighborhood on the south-west corner of North Avenue and Wells Street.
Standard Lum's Stand-A-Lone Building
There were Lum's restaurants in Bloomington, Chicago on Touhy Avenue west of Caldwell Avenue, Chicago Heights, Des Plaines at Rt. 83 and Elmhurst Road, Glenwood on Halsted, Hill Crest, Kankakee, Niles, Oak Lawn at 87th & Cicero, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rolling Meadows on Algonquin Road west of Wilkie Road, Schaumburg outside of Woodfield Mall, Tinley Park, Urbana, Villa Park at St. Charles and Euclid, and Wheeling.
Also a Standard Interior View
Lum's offered Hot Dogs steamed in beer with Sherry flavored sauerkraut and their famous chopped sirloin Lumburgers. Their huge Grilled Cheese sandwich was on a fluffy poppy-seed bun injected with American cheese and melty cheese slices between the bun for 45¢. Their $1.55 freshly breaded fried clam dinner was a best seller. Lum's offered over 20 brands of beer, some on tap and others in bottles, but all served in ice-cold frosted glasses.

It was a sad day when the Miami-based Lum’s filed for bankruptcy and close permanently in 1983.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.

1 comment:

  1. gee whiz you forgot the Lum"s on the west side of St.Charles on main st. Not to mention you forgot the wonderful roast beef sandwich which was the main reason many of us went there


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