Steve Carrell Hawks Brown's Chicken
Long before Steve Carrell was making us laugh on The Office, he was hawking Brown's Chicken's "cholesterol-free cooking." Between his hen-adorned hat, enthusiasm for the fried bird, and the fact that he was changing the restaurant's signage, you might almost believe he was a real employee. That is, if you were still living in 1989.
Scottie Pippen and the Luvabulls Chow On Mr. Submarine
There are several things in this commercial that make us scratch our heads, but nothing tops a towering sub in the middle of a basketball court. We get it Mr. Submarine. Your subs are almost as tall as Scottie Pippen. We're just glad all that carb-loaded, meaty goodness didn't go to waste — because there's nothing like a floor picnic with the Luvabulls.
Jim McMahon and "Refrigerator" Perry Suck Down Coke
This gem aired in the midst of Superbowl madness, and while the drug innuendos are flying, the only Coke these two NFL stars were enjoying was canned — the Classic formula included.
Sheena Easton Busts A Move At The Chicago Health Club
Basically, any kid who tuned into Duck Tales grew up a little bit faster thanks to Sheena Easton gyrating in a leotard at the Chicago Health Club. You better "strut."
Harry Caray Loves Mexican Food
Holy cow! Apparently, Harry Caray felt that La Preferida products were as exciting as a baseball game. What excites us? That stellar '80s cabinet filled with nothing but Mexican fare — and Caray's badass orange blazer.
Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom = Childhood Memories
Truth: We went here when we were growing up, and if you lived or traveled to the oh-so-exotic western suburbs, then you probably did, too. Between the toy store, the haunted-house ride, and the rubber-ducky game, the place was pure magic.
R.I.P. Marshall Field's
It's been almost 10 years since Marshall Field & Company was acquired by Macy's, Inc., yet Chicagoans still can't get over it. All that remains of the famed department store are the iconic clock (on the corner of State and Washington) and the Walnut Room, host to countless meals and teas. Because the retail palace really shined during the holiday season, we thought we'd share this clip from Christmas past.
The Coolest Birthday Parties, Ever
Showbiz's combination of junk food and entertainment made it perfect for birthday parties. We've never been able to forget that creepy talking gorilla.
The Celebrity Favored Brew
We're so distracted by all of the stars — from Rodney Dangerfield to Robin Williams — that we almost missed the fact that this was a commercial for light beer. Who do you recognize?
Time To Make The Donuts
Who doesn't remember Fred the Baker? Now that we're adults, we feel a lot like him when we set off of work each morning.
Before dollar stores, there were dime stores. Woolworth was the place we'd score Bonnie Bell lip gloss and grab a Coke float — even the Dollar Tree can't compete with that.
We couldn't possibly not include this gem in our roundup. While we're not sure we'd ever purchase insurance from a place with such a low-budget commercial, rest assured, we'll never forget the name. Well played, Eagle.