Made In Chicago: Yesterday

Steve Miller
October 08, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The North Side shop Yesterday is like an uncatalogued museum -- or your grandmother's attic, if she kept only really interesting stuff.

"We have everything you can think of and everything your parents threw out on you,” owner Tom Boyle said during a recent visit.

You've probably noticed the building on Addison. It leans slightly to the right, and it’s not far from Wrigley Field.

Boyle sees Cubs crowds pass by.

"If I had a dollar for everyone that said they were coming back, I could have retired long ago,” he said.

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Boyle opened Yesterday, which sells sports and movie memorabilia, among other things, in 1976. About a year later, he remembers when the three principal stars of “Star Wars” came in.

"And I said, 'Are you Mark Hamill?'” Boyle recalled, singling out the actor who played Luke Skywalker. “And he said, 'Yes.'”

Co-star Carrie Fisher found some items related to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and her father, singer Eddie Fisher. Harrison Ford was the only “Star Wars” star who didn't buy anything, Boyle said.

There were rumors Boyle, who’s 87, would close. But he says he's paid up for two years and still likes to talk history with whoever comes in. 

Some people have been known to say, “Thanks for the history lesson,” he said, laughing.

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