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Roberts Cycle started out in a building across the street from its current location. Around 1913-1914 the building housed a Nickelodeon theater known as the Casino Theater where, according to a long time resident of Rogers Park, Fanny May Candies began when the girl who sold tickets made candy in the basement to sell to the to the customers.

The mosaic tile on the floor in the front of the shop was part of the lobby and some of the original molding can still be seen on the ceiling and walls. Remains of the original floor studs for the sloping theater floor can still be seen in the basement and the pulley wheels used for raising and lowering the movie screen are visible in the ceiling crawl space.

Roughly 80 years ago, the first bike shop at this location was started by a man called John Engstrom. The shop was called North Shore Cycle Store and was started in the early thirties. It was one of the first bicycle shops on the north side of the city. The bicycles he sold were coaster brake and hi-wheelers.

A form of the original phone number (now 80 years old), BRiargate 9281, is still in use today.

 

 


If you want a bicycle, go to a bike shop. That says it all. Department store bikes have one advantage over bike shop quality bikes... price. You can get a bike for less than $150. 60 years ago, in 1955, Bernard and Estelle Garber purchased the shop at 7053 N. Clark St. which at the time dealt in both bicycles and hobbies although there were only half a dozen bicycles in the shop. They gradually built up the shop and renamed it Roberts Cycle after one of their sons. One half of the store was used for hobbies and bicycles while the other (7051 N. Clark St.) was a combination hat and dress shop. In the mid sixties, Mr. Garber took over the hat shop and expanded the business to include chemistry equipment and chemicals. He was one of the first people in the city to sell 10-speed bicycles. Some of the imported brands he carried were Fiorelli, Frejus, Coppi, Legnano and Masi..

 

 


If you want a bicycle, go to a bike shop. That says it all. Department store bikes have one advantage over bike shop quality bikes... price. You can get a bike for less than $150. 60 years ago, in 1955, Bernard and Estelle Garber purchased the shop at 7053 N. Clark St. which at the time dealt in both bicycles and hobbies although there were only half a dozen bicycles in the shop. They gradually built up the shop and renamed it Roberts Cycle after one of their sons. One half of the store was used for hobbies and bicycles while the other (7051 N. Clark St.) was a combination hat and dress shop. In the mid sixties, Mr. Garber took over the hat shop and expanded the business to include chemistry equipment and chemicals. He was one of the first people in the city to sell 10-speed bicycles. Some of the imported brands he carried were Fiorelli, Frejus, Coppi, Legnano and Masi..

 

 


If you want a bicycle, go to a bike shop. That says it all. Department store bikes have one advantage over bike shop quality bikes... price. You can get a bike for less than $150. 60 years ago, in 1955, Bernard and Estelle Garber purchased the shop at 7053 N. Clark St. which at the time dealt in both bicycles and hobbies although there were only half a dozen bicycles in the shop. They gradually built up the shop and renamed it Roberts Cycle after one of their sons. One half of the store was used for hobbies and bicycles while the other (7051 N. Clark St.) was a combination hat and dress shop. In the mid sixties, Mr. Garber took over the hat shop and expanded the business to include chemistry equipment and chemicals. He was one of the first people in the city to sell 10-speed bicycles. Some of the imported brands he carried were Fiorelli, Frejus, Coppi, Legnano and Masi..

 

 


If you want a bicycle, go to a bike shop. That says it all. Department store bikes have one advantage over bike shop quality bikes... price. You can get a bike for less than $150. 60 years ago, in 1955, Bernard and Estelle Garber purchased the shop at 7053 N. Clark St. which at the time dealt in both bicycles and hobbies although there were only half a dozen bicycles in the shop. They gradually built up the shop and renamed it Roberts Cycle after one of their sons. One half of the store was used for hobbies and bicycles while the other (7051 N. Clark St.) was a combination hat and dress shop. In the mid sixties, Mr. Garber took over the hat shop and expanded the business to include chemistry equipment and chemicals. He was one of the first people in the city to sell 10-speed bicycles. Some of the imported brands he carried were Fiorelli, Frejus, Coppi, Legnano and Masi..