History in Oak Park
Movies

Formerly in the parking lot of the cermak plaza shopping center, at the intersection of west cermak road and south harlem avenue

Wayne's World--The Spindle

The spindle (or "car kabob," as wayne and garth called it) was right here in the parking lot of the cermak plaza shopping center.  it appeared on the silver screen in "wayne's world," the 1992 comedy starring mike meyers and dana carvey.  erected in 1989, the spindle consisted of eight cars impaled on a 50-foot spike.  the shopping center owner, david bermant, commissioned california artist dustin shuler to create the oddity.  

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History in Oak Park
Residents

1035 North Taylor Street, Oak Park, Illinois

James A. Dewar

In 1920, James A. Dewar joined the Continental Baking Company as a delivery boy.  Six years later, he moved to this location in Oak Park.  In 1931, as he was rising through the ranks of his company, he hatched a brilliant idea for keeping the strawberry shortcake pans in use during the strawberry off-season.  He devised a new treat by injecting a piece of shortcake with a banana cream filling. 

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History in Oak Park
Mobsters

915 franklin avenue, river forest, illinois

Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo

Over the course of several years, anthony j. accardo gradually succeeded al capone as the boss of the chicago outfit.  though arrested for kidnapping, extortion, murder, tax fraud, gambling, and union racketeering, accardo was never convicted of anything felonious.  according to his chicago tribune obituary, accardo even boasted that he never spent a night in jail.  at a u.s.

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712 Selborne Road, Riverside, Illinois

Frank Nitti's Final Mob Gathering

Francesco Raffaele Nittoni, later known as Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, was born in the Salerno province of Italy, and he emigrated to the United States at the age of 12.  While in Brooklyn, he became a neighborhood friend of Al Capone's older brothers, dropped out of school early, and worked as a pinsetter, factory worker, and barber. 

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