Morton Cleaners

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My name is Brian Schlossberg
My family started Morton Cleaners in 1932 (not 1950)
My Grandparents, Isadore & Rose Schlossberg started Morton Cleaners in 1932 near Cicero & Belmont.
The Irving Park Road location opened in 1942 upon the return of my Father, Martin Schlossberg from serving in WWII.

Isadore (Papa Schloss or just "Schloss") was seldom seen by customers as he was usually in the back of the plant tirelessly mending garments on and old foot pump sewing machine.
Rose spent time at the counter when she wasn't working a hot steam press in the back. She knew everybody's story and when meeting customers she aggressively asked questions such as "Are you married?', "How many children?", etc.
She remembered all the details and shared everyone's joys and sorrows. She sweetened every conversation with plenty of "sweetheart"s, darling"s, and Yiddish expressions of endearment with a Polish accent.
Marty worked 6 days a week and often arrived well before sunrise to start the steam boilers.
The family business had no managers and Marty was usually opening and closing multiple stores each day.
We were often sent ahead on family vacations while Marty stayed behind to run the biz.

The business grew to multiple stores in the Chicago area with a fleet of delivery trucks.
My Brothers Bruce, Barry and myself all worked in the business with our Father and both Grandparents along with a staff that was dedicated for decades, many of whom worked there long before I was born and seemed like family to us.
During the early 60's I was the little kid that sat at the desk and smoked a cigar (pretzel stick) courtesy of 90+yo "Sam" who came in each day to present me my cigar. Customers would call me "The Boss".

Morton was the cleaners for the Chicago Police & Fire Department uniforms and was also known for having huge war bond drives to support the effort in WWII.
The cleaners offered garment long term cold storage and from that grew Morton Bridal which was started by Martin's late wife Maryann. Our seamstress Anita, Maryann and Grandma Rose would always make the brides-to-be feel special with plenty of oohs and awes. They always encouraged my Brothers and I to compliment how beautiful the Brides were in their gowns.

Raymond Tomaczak was the lead dry cleaner and began at Morton at age 18 in the 40's.
He continued working for the new owner after 1990. His retirement and whereabouts are unknown.

Isadore passed away in the 1970's and Rose followed in 1987. Maryann passed in 2004.

In the late 60's permanent press made a huge impact on the dry cleaning industry and only 2 locations remained (Irving Pk Rd and Harlem & Lawrence Av)
The Harlem location was eventually let go and in 1990 Martin & Maryann sold the Irving Pk Rd location to the current owner. They retired to Las Vegas where Marty still resides.

I wanted to share some history and set some things straight.

If you have any memories or stories of Morton Cleaners and/or it's staff members prior to 1990 to share, I'd love to pass them on to my Father.
If you were a regular customer, I'll bet he remembers you.

Here for the memories,
Brian Schlossberg
YaHeyDer@aol(dot)com

5
★★★★★

(please note: star rating is not reflective of current business as I'm not a customer)

My name is Brian Schlossberg
My family started Morton Cleaners in 1932 (not 1950)
My Grandparents, Isadore & Rose Schlossberg started Morton Cleaners in 1932 near Cicero & Belmont.
The Irving Park Road location opened in 1942 upon the return of my Father, Martin Schlossberg from serving in WWII.

Isadore (Papa Schloss or just "Schloss") was seldom seen by customers as he was usually in the back of the plant tirelessly mending garments on and old foot pump sewing machine.
Rose spent time at the counter when she wasn't working a hot steam press in the back. She knew everybody's story and when meeting customers she aggressively asked questions such as "Are you married?', "How many children?", etc.
She remembered all the details and shared everyone's joys and sorrows. She sweetened every conversation with plenty of "sweetheart"s, darling"s, and Yiddish expressions of endearment with a Polish accent.
Marty worked 6 days a week and often arrived well before sunrise to start the steam boilers.
The family business had no managers and Marty was usually opening and closing multiple stores each day.
We were often sent ahead on family vacations while Marty stayed behind to run the biz.

The business grew to multiple stores in the Chicago area with a fleet of delivery trucks.
My Brothers Bruce, Barry and myself all worked in the business with our Father and both Grandparents along with a staff that was dedicated for decades, many of whom worked there long before I was born and seemed like family to us.
During the early 60's I was the little kid that sat at the desk and smoked a cigar (pretzel stick) courtesy of 90+yo "Sam" who came in each day to present me my cigar. Customers would call me "The Boss".

Morton was the cleaners for the Chicago Police & Fire Department uniforms and was also known for having huge war bond drives to support the effort in WWII.
The cleaners offered garment long term cold storage and from that grew Morton Bridal which was started by Martin's late wife Maryann. Our seamstress Anita, Maryann and Grandma Rose would always make the brides-to-be feel special with plenty of oohs and awes. They always encouraged my Brothers and I to compliment how beautiful the Brides were in their gowns.

Raymond Tomaczak was the lead dry cleaner and began at Morton at age 18 in the 40's.
He continued working for the new owner after 1990. His retirement and whereabouts are unknown.

Isadore passed away in the 1970's and Rose followed in 1987. Maryann passed in 2004.

In the late 60's permanent press made a huge impact on the dry cleaning industry and only 2 locations remained (Irving Pk Rd and Harlem & Lawrence Av)
The Harlem location was eventually let go and in 1990 Martin & Maryann sold the Irving Pk Rd location to the current owner. They retired to Las Vegas where Marty still resides.

I wanted to share some history and set some things straight.

If you have any memories or stories of Morton Cleaners and/or it's staff members prior to 1990 to share, I'd love to pass them on to my Father.
If you were a regular customer, I'll bet he remembers you.

Here for the memories,
Brian Schlossberg
YaHeyDer@aol(dot)com

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(please note: star rating is not reflective of current business as I'm not a customer)

My name is Brian Schlossberg
My family started Morton Cleaners in 1932 (not 1950)
My Grandparents, Isadore & Rose Schlossberg started Morton Cleaners

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(please note: star rating is not reflective of current business as I'm not a customer)

My name is Brian Schlossberg
My family started Morton Cleaners in 1932 (not 1950)
My Grandparents, Isadore & Rose Schlossberg started Morton Cleaners

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Wow. If that's what you call good service good luck... Never again I will let them do anything for me!!!!

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Wow. If that's what you call good service good luck... Never again I will let them do anything for me!!!!

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My experience what quite the opposite from Katie S. I got married this past December. I went to Morton cleaners about 5-6 months prior to my wedding dress to get it altered. The lady behind the counter was very friendly and assured me that they handle numerous wedding dresses with meticulous care. I was a little nervous because the seamstress didn't seem to be fluent in English. However when I went in for my second fitting, the language barrier did NOT seem to be a problem! The dress fit me perfectly. The stitching wasn't complete, but they assured me that when I pick the dress up it'll be perfect. They were right. When I went to go pick it up in October, the stitching was just the way I wanted it. My bridezilla-ness dissipated.

TWO WEEKS prior to my wedding date I tried on the dress again and found that it was too big!!!! I had lost 8 pounds and I needed to get it altered again!!! I rushed to Morton Cleaners and they re-took measurements and did some emergency alterations! It took them only THREE DAYS to complete the dress perfectly fit my tinier frame.

They'll work with you and tell you straight up what is going on. They are honest people and is more than willing to help you out! Two of my girlfriends are getting their dresses done there too for this summer. They are telling me great things about the service there!!! I love this cleaners!

Pros: Fast and Honest Service

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My experience what quite the opposite from Katie S. I got married this past December. I went to Morton cleaners about 5-6 months prior to my wedding dress to get it altered. The lady behind the counter was very friendly and assured me that they handle numerous wedding dresses with meticulous care. I was a little nervous because the seamstress didn't seem to be fluent in English. However when I went in for my second fitting, the language barrier did NOT seem to be a problem! The dress fit me perfectly. The stitching wasn't complete, but they assured me that when I pick the dress up it'll be perfect. They were right. When I went to go pick it up in October, the stitching was just the way I wanted it. My bridezilla-ness dissipated.

TWO WEEKS prior to my wedding date I tried on the dress again and found that it was too big!!!! I had lost 8 pounds and I needed to get it altered again!!! I rushed to Morton Cleaners and they re-took measurements and did some emergency alterations! It took them only THREE DAYS to complete the dress perfectly fit my tinier frame.

They'll work with you and tell you straight up what is going on. They are honest people and is more than willing to help you out! Two of my girlfriends are getting their dresses done there too for this summer. They are telling me great things about the service there!!! I love this cleaners!

Pros: Fast and Honest Service

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My experience what quite the opposite from Katie S. I got married this past December. I went to Morton cleaners about 5-6 months prior to my wedding dress to get it altered. The lady behind the counter was very friendly and assured me

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My experience what quite the opposite from Katie S. I got married this past December. I went to Morton cleaners about 5-6 months prior to my wedding dress to get it altered. The lady behind the counter was very friendly and assured me

Pros: Fast and Honest Service

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I will never go there again! It was my biggest mistake to take my wedding gown for alterations to Morton Cleaners. It took them forever to figure out how to fix my dress after they screw it all up. I went there at least six time and finally decided to just take my gown as far from them as I can. When i went for a final fitting the dress was dirty and didn't fit me at all. It was too tight in my breast area and the waist that was too loose in the first place wasn't even touched. I asked them to fix it. Well, they just did the opposite. Made the breast area loose and waist super tight. I gave them couple more chances, but they kept doing the same thing... They were really unpleasant. They told me that it was my fault that the dress was dirty because i tried it on (hm i guess i was suppose to clean the fitting room before I wore the dress). The problem with dress not fitting me according to them was my fault again (of course.. I kept loosing and gaining weight every week I went for the next fitting. Why wouldn't I? i just wanted to make them miserable and didn't want my dress to be ready). So if u want to make your life more stressful as it could be before the wedding just use Morton Cleaners to alter your perfect wedding gown ;] And I almost forgot they pressed it too and guess what it had wrinkles all over!

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I will never go there again! It was my biggest mistake to take my wedding gown for alterations to Morton Cleaners. It took them forever to figure out how to fix my dress after they screw it all up. I went there at least six time and finally decided to just take my gown as far from them as I can. When i went for a final fitting the dress was dirty and didn't fit me at all. It was too tight in my breast area and the waist that was too loose in the first place wasn't even touched. I asked them to fix it. Well, they just did the opposite. Made the breast area loose and waist super tight. I gave them couple more chances, but they kept doing the same thing... They were really unpleasant. They told me that it was my fault that the dress was dirty because i tried it on (hm i guess i was suppose to clean the fitting room before I wore the dress). The problem with dress not fitting me according to them was my fault again (of course.. I kept loosing and gaining weight every week I went for the next fitting. Why wouldn't I? i just wanted to make them miserable and didn't want my dress to be ready). So if u want to make your life more stressful as it could be before the wedding just use Morton Cleaners to alter your perfect wedding gown ;] And I almost forgot they pressed it too and guess what it had wrinkles all over!

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I will never go there again! It was my biggest mistake to take my wedding gown for alterations to Morton Cleaners. It took them forever to figure out how to fix my dress after they screw it all up. I went there at least six time and

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I will never go there again! It was my biggest mistake to take my wedding gown for alterations to Morton Cleaners. It took them forever to figure out how to fix my dress after they screw it all up. I went there at least six time and

Cons: Service

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This dry cleaning business is one of the best that I have come across and I plan to stay with this one. The prices that they charge are very cheap if you can pre-pay the fee. The price for normal dry cleaning of standard items is $1.79 pre-paid. So the 6 pairs of trousers that I had to dry clean were cleaned for just over $10.00. The lady behind the counter is very nice and always has a smile on her face. The fees that they charge per item if you dont pre-pay is standard about $3.50 per item. So its worth paying fo ryour cleaning upfront as you save a lot of money. Their cleaning service is excellent!

PROS: Cleans clothes well and very cheap pre-paid prices
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This dry cleaning business is one of the best that I have come across and I plan to stay with this one. The prices that they charge are very cheap if you can pre-pay the fee. The price for normal dry cleaning of standard items is $1.79 pre-paid. So the 6 pairs of trousers that I had to dry clean were cleaned for just over $10.00. The lady behind the counter is very nice and always has a smile on her face. The fees that they charge per item if you dont pre-pay is standard about $3.50 per item. So its worth paying fo ryour cleaning upfront as you save a lot of money. Their cleaning service is excellent!

PROS: Cleans clothes well and very cheap pre-paid prices
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