top of page

Did you or a parent or grandparent grow up in or near the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s?


Did you or do you now live in the historic and vibrant neighborhood of Pullman?


Do these institutions or memories mean something to you?


  • Cruising The Ave
  • Gately's People's Store
  • The annual Little League Parade
  • Palmer Park
  • Zordan's
  • Back alley bread from Torino's Bakery
  • Bingo Pizza
  • St. Anthony's
  • May Crowning
  • The Roseland Show and The Sate Theater
  • Vinci's Drive-In
  • The Bumtown Gents
  • Fenger, Mendel, Curtis, St. Willibrord
  • The Spaghetti-Os


Then CJ Martello's Petals from Roseland is for you and your loved ones. This nostalgic trip through three beloved neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side compiles the best of ten years of Martello's writings for his "Petals from Roseland" column in the Italian-American Fra Noi magazine.


In his charming, devoted, good-natured, and welcoming style, CJ is your tour guide through decades of Roseland favorites and memories--and the revitalized, historic Pullman of today, where he writes, teaches, guides, advocates, and lives as an active neighbor and community member.

Petals from Roseland

  • Author: CJ Martello

    Imprint: Lake Claremont Press: A Chicago Joint

    ISBN: 978-1-7341452-0-5

    Price: $20

    Page Count: 239 pp.

    Pub Date: December 2019

    Format: Trade paperback, 5.5" x 8.5" 

    Features: Historic photo section

bottom of page