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     In 1957 , fresh out of the army, I took my wife there on our first date. The place was great. The food was great and we were treated royally .She must have enjoyed herself. We are married 51 years and miss the family atmosphere of Febos
           - chicago jack .. Jan 27, 2015 23:59:07

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     My husband and his first wife, Antoinette Delkus, who lived in the neighborhood....used to go there for half orders of spaghetti. Money was tight and he was going into the Air Force during WWII. After her passing in 1971...we ended up getting married. I heard all the old neighborhood stories and we began going to Febos. I loved it. For his 80th birthday in 1997 I was going to take family there to celebrate and found out that it had closed. All these years later and I wish I could go back. Good food, nice people and wonderful memories.
           - Indiana Fan of Febos .. Sep 03, 2015 18:18:44

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     My Family, Dad-cousins-grandpa-uncles, used to work at the Kitchen. I remember every night picking up my dad from work. I loved the sounds and smells from there, their vanilla and coffee ice cream. I remember celebrating our birthdays, graduations and every special occasion there. That was like my Second home. When it closed it was like my family lost a member of our family. After it closed my Dad cooked the pastas,veal, chicken the sauce, the pizza bread at every one of our parties. Everyone still request he cooks. Growing up I believed we were Italian and still consider my part Italian. Great Family, great food, great memories. ♡
           - MarzuDiva .. Oct 01, 2016 19:07:50

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     Have been trying to find recipes for this place since they closed down, The red meat sauce and minnestrone, there was a person who left a comment this October " MarzuDiva .. Oct 01, 2016 19:07:50 " that their Dad has the recipes I would love for them or anybody that has the recipes to contact me, my husband is getting up in years and he still talks about how much he misses their food, I would like to make him their food and put a smile on his face. You can contact me at
           - Febo Fan .. Nov 05, 2016 19:00:22

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     My mom and her friends ate there one night. My dad was home watching me and my older brother. As she put it, "we had soup to nuts!". A couple of men sitting nearby approached them at the end of their meal and said they had so much fun watching a group of women enjoy a night out, they were going to pick up the tab. She said even though this was back in the mid-70s, the bill must have been a LOT. Cocktails, wine, appetizers, entrees, dessert. Decades later, this story still makes us smile.
           - JennyNoel .. Apr 27, 2018 17:17:59

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     We used to go to Febos in the 1950's for lunch while working at Link Belt Co. 18th & Western. That property is now a vacant lot. Due to the martinis sometimes we would not make back to work.
           - HAP .. Jun 23, 2018 11:49:07

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     We used to go to Febos in the 1950's for lunch while working at Link Belt Co. 18th & Western. That property is now a vacant lot. Due to the martinis sometimes we would not make back to work.
           - HAP .. Jun 23, 2018 11:53:04

Classic red sauced Italian food. Old tavern style atmosphere. - sys, 12/26/1999

I've been to FEBO's so many times that I still have one of their ash trays - Famous for Nothing. Their Chicken Parmesian was, and still is, the tops. It's almost as good at Bruna's nearby on Oakley, but they don't use any mushrooms on top like FEBO used to. I took many, many dates to FEBO's and each was impressed (with them, not me). My friend, Jim Sorbellini's parents, had their wedding reception at FEBO's in the late 40's. Very happy memories at FEBO's. - ElSid, 01/03/2011

My family loved Febo's!!! My dad(Jack), discovered Febo's years ago when he was working at Edward Hines Lumber(main yard). He loved having the minnestrone soup at lunch!! Once a year mom and dad would take me and my brother and sister to the Sports/Recreation Show(at the Chicago Ampitheatre)...before the show we would go to Febo's!! Also, when we were kids the kind staff at Febo's would give us little "treat" bags!! We also had many many good family times at Febo's, where the food and drink was excellente, and the socializing came naturally!!! - Terry 10/19/10, 10/19/2010

I was a busboy at FEBO around 1977-81ish. It was a fun place for a neighborhood kid to work. Nice family atmosphere. A place where people knew your name and made you feel welcome. They would give me veal parmesan for my dinner most nights. I was tired of veal. Now as an adult (age 52) I would give anything for some of it. I live in Dallas TX now. My mom and godmother would go there most every week because Duke would cash my godmother's checks for work. If you were a busboy there and remember Deuce, feel free to write me and say hello. -, 09/20/2010

I started to go Febo's when I was 5. I'll be 67 this June. Greatest lobster EVER. Great oysters a la Febo. My wife and I also loved the eggplant parmesan. Leo ran the kitchen,Duke was the bartender. When Leo retired,Mark took over the kitchen. Sure wish that someone saved the recipes and would open another restaurant. There was a nephew in later years. We wonder whatever happened to him. Did he open up somewhere else??? - FIBLA, 04/03/2010

I had been to Febo dozens of times from the 60's through 80's and had many wonderful meals and happy times there. I truly miss those times. Ed - esg, 11/08/2009

I worked for Ryerson Steel at 16th west of Western starting in the early '50s and Febo's was nearby on Western.. Great American and Italian food and martini's. Leo ran the bar and Duke ran the kitchen. It was great fun and somewhat embarassing to speak the Italian which I learned (or thought I had learned) downstate at the U of I. I still have a cigarette lighter gift from them stating, " Febo's...Famous for Nothing". I miss the place, the people, and the colorful Italian language which escaped from the kitchen when the doors were opened by waiters as they delivered their bounty. The Latin sums it up...Laudator Temporis Acti. - Torcaso, 12/31/2008

We use to go to Febo's for lunch when we worked a Link Belt at 18th & Western Their Martines were great.Once in a while we did not make it back to work. The food was great also. - Harper Poling, 10/08/2008

Mr. Cecchi owned Febo's and they sponsored a Baseball team in Brookfield where he lived. The restaurants slogan was "Febo's Famous for nothing." I used to go there as a kid. He took me to my first Sox game. - Tom, 08/08/2008


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