Riley’s plans to close after 77 years of trickery

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

  After 77 years, including 40 in Worth and one in Palos Hills, the business commonly known as Riley’s Trick Shop will disappear.

  On Monday, officials from the store posted that the longtime business will close its doors.
  “This is it!’’ the post said. “After 77 years, Riley’s Trick Shop will be closing its doors for the final time. We haven’t set a date yet. That will be determined by how long it takes to sell down our inventory at greatly reduced prices...up to 90 percent off.
  “Since all our children have good jobs and no interest in taking over (we) have decided to move on. We’d like to see what it’s like to have a weekend together and maybe take a trip or two. It’s been a long time.
  “Thanks to everyone for 77 great years. We hope to see you all at least one more time before we head off into our new adventure.’’
  Jim Riley, his son, also named Jim, and wife Judy run the shop, located at 8086 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills.
  Riley’s father opened for business in Chicago in 1937 and moved it to Worth in 1973.
  The new store in Palos Hills was renamed Riley’s Tricks and Gifts and emphasized its selection of birthday and gag gifts. It stopped selling Halloween costumes, according to a Reporter story in April 2013 and the new store was half the size of the old store, which was 5,000 square feet.
  “It’s going to be a lot of work,” Riley said at the time. “We’ve got to move everything into a smaller space and try not to kill each other, because we’re family. It’s not going to be easy.’’