Hal Thurnau's Swiss Chalet


Welcome to the Carpentersville Memories Swiss Chalet Page.  Our goal is to bring back some fun memories of growing up in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  Please take your time and check out all of the Swiss Chalet images and files, they are sure to bring back many memories.


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Did you remember the Swiss Chalet in West Dundee?

The restaurant was located in West Dundee by the Fox River.  It was called Hal Thurnau’s Swiss Chalet, Swiss Chalet for short.  It was started in 1958 and ran until Hal sold the building to George and Paul Karas.

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Hal Thurnau’s Swiss Chalet

This was located on corner Washington Street and Second Street in West Dundee. This one block from Illinois Route 72. It was near the Fox River. The sign’s name said Hal Thurnau’s Swiss Chalet.

Their motto was “Home of the Open Hearth”. They broiled their food over charcoal. That is how their steaks, chops, and seafood were cooked. There was a cocktail lounge, too.

They were more upscale. This is seen in the pictures (white tablecloths). You could, also, see the hearth as your food was cooked.

The was located on Washington Street in West Dundee. In case you still do not know where this restaurant was. It became The Village Squire. Scholl’s Liquor Store was attached to the restaurant (same building).

Please check out all of the great Swiss Chalet images and files from the past.

Click on the links below to view the Newspaper Articles and PDF Files

1967 Meadowdale Businessmen at Swiss Chalet

Images and Articles from Hal Thurnau’s Swiss Chalet


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