Nov 15, 2021 - Business

Your memories of Sears

Store in empty parking lot.

The exterior of the Sears store at Woodfield Mall. Photo: Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images

On Friday, we wrote about the closing of the last Sears store in Illinois and got so many great emails talking about childhood memories in stores all across the Chicago area.

🍿 The Sears on Lawrence used to have a popcorn popper and confectionery counter by the main entrance, so when you walked in it always smelled like fresh popcorn and chocolate. It's where I learned the fancy French name for Sno-Caps ("non pareils"). - Maggie B.

🎄 My memories include the Christmas Wish Book, literally the size of a telephone book where dreams came true🤞🏻hopefully. - Judee B.

📺 My family trips to Sears: Mom takes my brother to get some Toughskin Huskies, Dad tests the tubes from the TV at the self-check tube thingy, I get chocolate stars in a little wax paper bag from the candy and nut counter. Good times! - Grace D

💲 At the old Six Corners location, I found a nice dress shirt that was marked down five different times and rang up at only 91 cents. I'll never beat that. - Mike C.

🎸 As a teenager, my best friend and I went to a concert at Sears. It was a British band, just not sure which one, but I do know that it was one which became quite popular. By the way, it was FREE! Imagine going to Sears to hear a rock band. Ha! - Roxanne H.


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