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ORD Chicago Airline Merch Store Closing  
User currently offlineSAN787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7469 times:

Passed thru ORD yesterday and visited the famous (to us) ORD Chicago airline memorabilia store. To our dismay, I here announce they are closing their doors for good. If you're passing thru soon or live nearby, all items in the store are currently 50% off. Unfortunate, but there are some good deals to be had.

[Edited 2008-04-17 19:19:48]


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User currently offlineAznCSA4QF744ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7351 times:

Where is this place and what's the name of it?

User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11559 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7345 times:

Sad, sad, sad.

I used to love that place - loved pawing through all the old timetables and looking at the old models in those glass display cases.


User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2954 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7293 times:

Is this the store that's in the basement of the Hilton?

User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11559 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7280 times:



Quoting Carpethead (Reply 3):
Is this the store that's in the basement of the Hilton?

Yeah, I think so - in that tunnel under the Hilton. (Or at least that's the store I'm thinking of.)


User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7268 times:

When does it close? I don't go through ORD until mid-June, and I'm guessing they'll be closed by then.  Sad

User currently offlineKochamLOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7225 times:



Quoting Carpethead (Reply 3):
Is this the store that's in the basement of the Hilton?

YES exactly.
I was guessing it was gonna happen! Funny thing, I asked them how bussiness was and they really didnt give me much - so I figured. It is sad for sure, that place had been then for years, now where else is there to go in Chicago?
anyways DONT go there, I want to buy all the discounted stuff!!! ha


User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2954 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7166 times:



Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):



Quoting KochamLOT (Reply 6):

Thanks.


User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4995 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7161 times:

Sorry to hear it's closing, they had some good deals if you knew what to look for.
The Airline Employee Store had been there since at least the mid 70's. It opened shortly after the Hilton opened and the tunnel from the parking garage to the terminal was completed. So it's been there a long time. There were always a lot of people in there whenever I had the opportunity to stop by. I too wonder why it's closing?



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User currently offlineChicagoOhare From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7014 times:



Quoting KochamLOT (Reply 6):
now where else is there to go in Chicago?

Try Grayland Station on Devon and Caldwell in Chicago. They are known more for trains, but they have a very impressive commercial aviation assortment (tons of models, timetables, magazines, old posters etc. etc., and A LOT cheaper than the ORD store.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 8):
I too wonder why it's closing?

Maybe retirement of the owner???? I met the owner one time and he stated he worked for AA in their control tower. That was a while ago, so maybe it was his time to move on. Just speculation, Keep in mind that the economy is not really flying high now either. Airplane collectables are not exactly high on most Americans' priority list. They always are for me though!!!!!


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6966 times:



Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 5):
When does it close? I don't go through ORD until mid-June, and I'm guessing they'll be closed by then.

I'm going to be going through Chicago in a couple of weeks, and I'd be sure to stop by if it will still be open then.

-Mir



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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2028 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6856 times:
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Sad to hear that, I made my first visit to the store last summer while on business in Chicago, and staying in the aforementioned ORD Hilton. The person working (not sure if he was the owner or what) was incredibly nice and people where in and out quite a bit, but me and my friend/coworker were the only people I actually saw buy things. I would imagine rent in that location is fairly high as well.

Best of luck to the store owner!

-Charlie  wave 


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6843 times:

Oh no!  Sad

I remember the only time I visited ORD, I was heading to the parking garage and on 7/27/2006, I passed by the store. I was going to buy a US E145, but I didn't and that was the last time I saw the store, and I guess I never will.



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User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4009 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6746 times:
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When I went in on the 17th there was still quiet a bit left but nothing that I was looking for in terms of models. I'm sad to see it close as well. It was also the first time I was able to compare 500 and 400 scale models and why I prefer Gemini/Dragon Wings over Herpa. For me, Gemini and Dragon Wings, Phoenix appear much more authentic in appearance. Just my two cents.

User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6654 times:



Quoting AznCSA4QF744ER (Reply 1):
Where is this place and what's the name of it?

Abeam the Hilton health club.


I saw this coming, he has not got much new merchandise, heck there as some models for sale that where there back in 1995 :O Also he was sorta over priced. You can get the new Hogan models for UAL planes down in the UAL employee cafeteria for 3/4ths of what was the price for some of the old Flight Miniatures.

O well still will be sad to not have that to kill time at anymore since I am much to old for Kids on the Fly anymore  Smile


User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2028 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6589 times:
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Quoting LACA773 (Reply 13):
For me, Gemini and Dragon Wings, Phoenix appear much more authentic in appearance. Just my two cents.

I agree with you, especially when comparing to Herpa.

Quoting AAH732UAL (Reply 14):
Also he was sorta over priced.

I'm willing to bet his rent was less than cheap for that location, and it wasn't exactly "high traffic" compared to most ORD locations.

-Charlie  wave 


User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6575 times:

Quoting Syncmaster (Reply 15):
I'm willing to bet his rent was less than cheap for that location, and it wasn't exactly "high traffic" compared to most ORD locations.

Yeah but see, he was charging more for 1990 models then the newer Hogan and Herpa's

Still is sad b/c less then 2 years ago he was a big booth at the GraylandStation show.

[Edited 2008-05-09 21:46:09]

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