I was just thinking the exact same thing, Bob...everyone I used to know there is either dead or long gone...lol
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.
I have better luck to see anything in rural areas.
Kane County Flea market has a lot of relics, next time I go I'm gonna take pictures of the Roman artifacts that one of the dealers sell. Chris your right for some reason all the antique stores with a lot of military relics are out in the middle of nowhere.
SOme places in the North suburbs that I recommend...
1) NAS Glenview Museum, Glenview. It's a small museum (run by veterans and only open on weekends). The base closed down back in 1995 and the museums been there ever since. It's small and in a strange location, but its definetely worth the visit.
They have artifacts from the base, a salvaged TDB? engine, models and plenty of photos. They have a small section dedicated to the "fresh water" carriers (USS Sable and Wolverine). If you're interested in naval aviation, its definetely worth the visit.
2)Wolfes flea market (Allstate Arena), Rosemont. Open on Sundays, its a outdoor flea market and probably the second largest next to Lake county's flea market.
You never know what you could find there and its always a unique experience. I've been lucky and have found a WWI USMC dress blues, WWII Polish photos, and modern Spec Ops challenge coins (to give you an idea).
3)Army Navy Surplus Depot, Des Plaines. A small surplus shop that might be worth a shot. I've seen alot of reservists and guardsmen stopping by. I've picked up some modern items from there.