The History of Wheeling's World Famous Restaurant Row
Cook County, 23 miles NW of the Loop. Folklore attributes Wheeling's name to the rumble of wagon wheels bumping down the community's dusty main road, but the village was actually named for Wheeling, West Virginia. The continuous stream of wag- ons did give rise to numerous eateries along Milwaukee Avenue, earning the area a nickname of “Restaurant Row,” a name it continued to carry well into the 2000 and beyond.
Because of Wheeling's location along the DesPlaines River, and its numerous restaurants and taverns, Chicagoans flocked to the area on weekends. In the 1880s the popular sport of bicycling prompted races between Wheeling and Chicago with as many as a hundred participants. In 1886 a line of the Wisconsin Central Railroad came through town, stopping at a station just south of Dundee Road.
Neighboring suburbanites and Chicagoans have continued to frequent restaurants along Milwaukee Avenue. In 1990 village eateries totaled 40, including the prestigious French restaurant Le Francais, Bob Chinn's Crabhouse, Hackney's Restaurant, Don Roth's, and the 94th Aero Squadron
Below you will find an listing of slang words used in the "Jazz Age" (generally taken to mean the years of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression). The Jazz Age was the first modern era to emphasize youth culture over the tastes of the older generations; the flapper sub-culture had a tremendous influence on main stream America--many new words and phrases were coined by these liberated women. These are the most common words and phrases of the time, many of which you may be surprised to note are still very much in use today! Enjoy
Jake: great, i.e. "Everything's Jake."
Jalopy: a dumpy old car
Jane: any female
jeepers creepers: "Jesus Christ!"
jerk soda: to dispense soda from a tap; thus, "soda jerk"
jigaboo: a derogatory term for an African-American
jitney: a car employed as a private bus; fare was usually five cents, ergo the alternate nickname of "nickel"
Joe Brooks: a perfectly dressed person; student
john: a toilet
jorum of skee: a drink of hard liquor
juice joint: a speakeasy