An immigrant from Albania, Michael Lellios first came to the United States in 1912. Within a couple of years he had moved to West Chicago and had purchased property on Main Street, eventually going into business with his brothers. Since that time, the family has continued to own property here and supported downtown business growth for 100 years. This past year, the City Museum helped honor the Lellios family and their commitment to downtown business ownership.
Mike Lellios first opened a confectionary store and later added ice cream to his offerings, eventually going into business with his brothers George and Tom.
After serving in World War I, Mike became active in organizing the American Legion Post of which he is a charter member.
In 1935, he opened a new tavern, the “Old Stone Jug,” which became a staple of downtown West Chicago for many years. His son, A. Michael Lellios continued to run the business until it was sold in 1965. The family continues ownership of 220 Main Street and is still active in the community.