SAN787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9870 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.
KochamLOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9626 times:
Quoting Carpethead (Reply 3): Is this the store that's in the basement of the Hilton?
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
Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9562 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?
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.
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!!!!!
Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2081 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9257 times:
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.
StarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1447 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9244 times:
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.
LACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4222 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9147 times:
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.
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