July 11, 1901 Jim is born in a small village outside of Duf, Macedonia (formerly Yugoslavia).
Jim arrives in the United States and travels to Chicago. Jim begins to sell Taffy Apples on Maxwell Street. Jim starts working for his sick aunt at her hot dog stand located on the Northwest corner of Maxwell and Halsted Streets.
Jim buys the hot dog stand from his aunt.
Jim creates the "Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwich" with grilled onions, mustard, and a specially prepared polish sausage (made by Slotkowski).
Jim creates the Pork Chop Sandwich "with the bone on a bun." Jim introduces a hamburger to the menu.
Jim passes away. Jim's family takes over the operation of the stand.
French fries are added to the menu – FREE with any sandwich.
The chicken sandwich is added to the menu. Jim's Original moves to the Northwest corner of Union Avenue and James Rochford Street.
The 100% beef polish sandwich is added to the menu.
The fish sandwich is added to the menu.
Jim's Original moves to the Southwest corner of Union Avenue and James Rochford Street.
Jim's Original celebrates 70 years of serving Chicagoland with 70¢ polish sausage sandwiches on Founder's Day.
Jim's Original and the Pork Chop Sandwich are recommended on The Layover with Anthony Bourdain (Travel Channel).
Jim's Original and the Pork Chop Sandwich are featured on The Sandwich King with Jeff Mauro (Food Network).
Jim's Original celebrates 75 years of serving Chicagoland with 75¢ polish sausage sandwiches on Founder's Day.
Jim's Original and the Polish Sausage Sandwich are featured on Chicago's Best (WGN).