Snackville Junction comes to the end of the line

Few people ride the rails anymore, but there are a dedicated group that eat what the rails deliver.

But not for long.

Snackville Junction, 9144 S. Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, was born when rail travel was still strong, with the simple idea of sending hot dogs and hamburgers around a track to hungry kids of all ages waiting on stools. On May 03, Snackville Junction will no longer be a stop for kids having birthday parties or nostalgic oldsters who take their grandkids to the same place they excitedly waited for the train to pull up and deliver a basket of food, according to the Evergreen Patch.

Snackville Junction began its journey in 1953, at 115th and Western, on Chicago’s south-side, and it was immediately popular. I remember going there a number of times with my father.  It was cool to see the food round the curve on the train cars and pull to a halt right in front of you.  “Cool” is the only word I can use to describe it, even now.

Snackville Junction closed once before, in 2003, maybe because of the vast fast food competition or the fact that a train can be created on a computer or video game box that has much more bells and whistles, literally.

In 2008, the Perez-Rogers family reopened Snackville Junction to a new generation of children, holding parties and serving lunches.  The Perez-Rogers family made some healthy upgrades to some of the fare, but the trains still chugged around the tracks delivering the favorites, hot dogs and hamburgers and fries.

What has derailed Snackville Junction is that The Private Bank  demanding immediate payment on a balloon loan.  The Perez-Rogers family tried to work things out for a year, but it looks like the end of the line is May 03, 2014.

Snackville Junction will become an empty building and all the kids laughter will just be an echo.  The bankers from the Private Bank will no doubt drive past it and not even glance in, as they head down to the latest chic restaurant and a nice meal served not by trains but the usual way a banker is served, high on price and low on joy and happiness.

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