708 Area Code BBSes Through History (80's Version)

MAP OF THE 708 AREA CODE
708-213-7566
Byte Bank
(1989-1991)
708-213-9299
Northwest Passage
(1989-1991)
708-228-9611
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
PC-Den
(1989-1991)
708-232-1015
LA GRANGE, IL
Windmill (9600+ only), Windmill [9600+ only]
(1989-1996)
708-232-1250
LA GRANGE, IL
The Windmill, Windmill, Windmill BBS
(1986-1996)
Ed CurlinPCBoard
708-232-7577
LA GRANGE, IL
Du Page Library System, DuPage Library System
(1989-2000)
708-234-4843
ELK GROVE, IL
The Jolly Roger Soft Shop AE
(1981-1983)
Chris BennettAscii Express
"The name of my AE was the Jolly-Roger Soft-Shop. It ran on just two 5.25 drives, and a 64k RAM drive (remember those?). It had two claims to fame. First, it had a new game uploaded onto each drive every single day.. it seemed that every piece of software that crossed from one coast to the other went through my system. And second, it had a really cool (at the time) little VT-52 text art scene of a space ship coming down and landing (thrusters turning on and off and all). I probably have that somewhere still. I ran it for a few years.. I guess til highschool. For a time I put it up during highschool as a Proving Grounds system. That was fun :)" - Chris Bennett
708-250-0968
LA GRANGE, IL
Graveyard
(1989-1991)
708-253-6224
TINLEY PARK, IL
Mount Prospect Public Library (B)
(1989-1996)
708-253-8239
TINLEY PARK, IL
Pro-Harvest
(1989-1991)
708-255-0002
ELK GROVE, IL
Hemisphere
(1989-1998)
708-259-1146
BLUE ISLAND, IL
Greater Chicago Diving Board
(1989-1996)
708-260-1088
Wheaton, IL
Adline USA
(1989-1994 )
Marty RogersMajorBBS
708-290-9993
CHICAGO, IL
Snarf's Music Studio , Snarf's Music Studio [AdLib]
(1989-1995)
708-291-6660
WHEELING, IL
Rest of Us MUG {400}, Rest of Us MUG, The {400}, The Rest of Us MUG
(1989-1995)
Steve Levinthal, Steven Levinthal
708-292-1223
CHICAGO, IL
IBEW Local 1220
(1989-1993 )
708-297-5385
CHICAGO, IL
Gamer's Galaxy
(1989-1991)
708-299-7220
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7221
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7222
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7224
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7225
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7228
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7230
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-299-7238
LOOP Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [$]
(1989-1996)
708-323-4711
CHICAGO, IL
In The Dog House South, SouthDog
(1989-1993 )
Timothy SheaPCBoard
708-350-7863
WILLOW SPRINGS, IL
MicroSource
(1989-1996)
PCBoard
708-352-1035
LA GRANGE, IL
RBBS Chicago, RBBS of Chicago (Loren Jones), RBBS-PC of Chi
(1984-1996)
Loren JonesRBBS
708-355-6942
CHICAGO, IL
Micro Overflow
(1989-1996)
708-356-6897
ELK GROVE, IL
Nessy Games System, Nessy's Loch, Nessy's Lochs
(1989-2000)
708-358-5104
Barrington, IL
Polysyn, Polysyncronism
(1989-1991)
Jeff DarlingForum PC
"This system was on a 10mhz IBM PC clone with a 100 megabyte hard drive. The BBS software was based on the Forum PC BBS software, with some modifications written by Ron Bieber to allow for sharing messages with 5 other Forum PC systems." - Jeff Darling
708-362-1088
CHICAGO, IL
Last Chance
(1989-1995)
708-378-0045
LA GRANGE, IL
Rational Tech Info Center
(1989-1995)
708-390-6603
OAKBROOK, IL
R.C.S. Multi-Node
(1989-1992 )
708-391-8773
CHICAGO, IL
Precision, The Precision Board
(1989-1994 )
Bill Cohn
708-395-0991
CHICAGO, IL
Night Train, Night Train {395}, The Night Train BBS
(1989-1995)
Gary Burnette
708-403-0604
ORLAND, IL
Interface
(1989-1991)
708-403-2826
ORLAND, IL
Stillwaters , Stillwaters , Stillwaters [Chicago BBS list]
(1989-1996)
Jordan/AnvinRBBS
708-424-6065
OAK LAWN, IL
Mermaids Cove
(1989-1995)
708-426-6292
CICERO, IL
Time Warp
(1989-1991)
708-426-8228
CICERO, IL
The Shop
(1989-1995)
708-432-2659
Highland Park, IL
River Styx II, The River Styx II BBS
(1982-1995)
CharonBBS Express (Atari 800/130xe), Ratsoft (Atari ST)
708-455-9193
THORNTON, IL
QX-Link Chicago
(1989-1992 )
708-459-8375
CHICAGO, IL
Suburban Library Dial Access
(1989-1995)
708-459-9331
CHICAGO, IL
InComm Data Systems
(1989-1991)
708-462-1508
LISLE, IL
The Wheaton File Exchange, Wheaton File Exchange 1, Whtn File Exch
(1989-1996)
Wildcat
708-469-4850
CHICAGO, IL
Laser Stuff BBS, LaserStuff BBS
(1989-1996)
PCBoard
708-481-1157
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
Black Magic
(1989-1992 )
708-481-2211
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
Pro-AppleTree
(1989-1998)
708-481-4177
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
Integrated System Solutions
(1989-1996)
708-513-1034
St. Charles, IL
MidWest, MidWest (4 lines) [fee], MidWest BBS, Midwest Systems (15 lines) [FEE], Midwest Systems [$], MidWest [fee], Midwest,profess'
(1984-1996)
Steve MillsPCBoard
From the September 1994 issue of Boardwatch: Saint Charles, Illinois since 02/84. Sysop: Steve Mills. Using PCBoard 15.1 with 15 lines on MS-DOS 80486 with 7500 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $45 Annual fee. Call us LAST! We are confident you'll find us to be one of the best, friendliest, most enjoyable Bulletin Board Systems that you have EVER called. Call us for your free trial and get our BBS guide in the mail after you logon. You WONT be disappointed.
708-520-0078
Thunderdome
(1989-1992 )
708-531-9033
Westchester, IL
Middle Earth BBS/AE
(1983-1985)
Darien Kruss (Gandalf the Grey)GBBS/AE
"One of the first Apple ][ BBS/AE systems with a hard disk drive (10 MB). A highly customized interface had two operating modes: Extremly slim menu requiring only 3 lines for the techies who already knew the command shortcuts, and the full-screen menu catering to new visitors. Originally 300 baud, then 1200, and ultimately 2400." - Darien M. Kruss
708-532-5877
TINLEY PARK, IL
PC Gremlins RBBS WarBoard
(1989-1995)
708-532-8209
TINLEY PARK, IL
Great Lakes Region CAP
(1989-2000)
708-537-4663
Radio Hill
(1989-1996)
708-546-0421
Round Lake, IL
Euphoria BBS
(1987-1989)
C-Net DS-2
"Started as a 300 baud C-64 System with 2 CBM SFD-1001's (1MB ea.). Eventually upgraded to 2400 baud, then made the mistake of buying a used ICT Datachief 20MB drive. The drive would crash constantly, and when it did work, it was really slow. Thanks for putting this site together, it's brought back alot of memories of BBS's that I had forgotten about." - Sysop
708-587-3084
ELK GROVE, IL
Entity
(1989-1991)
708-587-9837
ELK GROVE, IL
Glenside, Glenside CoCoRama BBS
(1989-1996)
708-595-0929
Antelope Freeway
(1989-1995)
708-595-1894
Win-dy City Windows, Win-dy City Windows (tm), Win-dy City Windows(tm), Win-dyCity Win
(1989-2000)
708-596-3648
HARVEY, IL
Shangri-La
(1989-1993 )
708-597-6942
BLUE ISLAND, IL
Apple Tree Computer Club BBS, Apple Tree Computer Club BBS Homewood, IL
(1989-1998)
708-599-1537
HICKORY HILLS, IL
Involuntary Death
(1989-1992 )
Loverboy
Nemesis-Dist. Member BBS
708-599-3694
HICKORY HILLS, IL
Blade Shop
(1989-1991)
708-599-9895
HICKORY HILLS, IL
Gotham City
(1989-1991)
708-629-9293
CHICAGO, IL
Jungle I, Renegade
(1989-1995)
708-653-6089
CHICAGO, IL
Hotel Amiga
(1989-1996)
I.Keeper
708-668-5731
Wheaton, IL
Chaos BBS System
(1983-1991)
Dr Death, Dr. DeathTelegard
"I started this BBS on a C=64 (later C=128) using the C-Net series and other BBS programs with a 312 area code number (before the 708 area code was added to Northern Illinois). Back in the Commie days I had an elaborate ANSI color based title screen that took at least 120 seconds to display before login (much to the chagrin of the users at 1200 baud!) Once the transition to PC/XT came I adopted Telegard. I added Newsgroups and FidoNet access and maintained a healthy download file library with more than 100 regular users. I had close ties to some of the DiverseyDial (Apple II chat) and Amiga based layouts - we had usergroup pool parties where all of our teenage hormones could be sampled in person! Fond memories and i still have friends in that area who I speak with!" - thx1138010101
708-674-1638
Bill's , Bill's PCBoard, Bill's,Ham radio
(1986-1996)
William KnoppPCBoard
708-674-1989
Chicago's North Shore FS Hub, Chicago's North Shore Hub 3, ChicagoLand Hub 3, Tech Line, TechLine BBS's, TechLine RBBS, TechLine {989}
(1989-2000)
Mark Annis
708-674-2282
Closet
(1989-1992 )
708-675-5667
CHICAGO, IL
Loop Premium Graphics, LOOP Premium Graphics [FEE], The Loop
(1989-1994 )
708-675-5699
CHICAGO, IL
LOOP Premium Graphics [FEE]
(1989-1994 )
708-675-5762
CHICAGO, IL
Loop, LOOP Premium Graphics [FEE]
(1989-1994 )
708-683-3666
CHICAGO, IL
The Great Cavern
(1989-1996)
Gary NelsonPCBoard
708-690-3808
Mills Brothers BBS
(1989-1992 )
Jim & Jeff MillsPCBoard
708-695-1251
RIVER GROVE, IL
Micro Systems, MICRO SYSTEMS BBS
(1988-1996)
Wildcat
708-695-8617
RIVER GROVE, IL
Dragon's Egg II
(1989-1991)
708-736-8256
CHICAGO, IL
Equinox System
(1981-1996)
Bob Malus
708-739-6541
CHICAGO, IL
Stargate Network
(1989)
Wildcat
708-746-0548
CHICAGO, IL
ChicagoLand, ChicagoLand Hub 9, Flat Cat Alley, Flat Cat Alley {969}, NE Corner of Illinois
(1989-1996)
Lew Prather
708-748-4025
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
Space City Grafix
(1989-1996)
708-756-3580
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
#9 Dream
(1989-1991)
708-769-4084
Lattice
(1989-1996)
708-769-4087
Downers Grove, IL
Lattice, Lattice Inc
(1989-1996)
708-771-7070
River Forest, IL
Blue Shamrock BBS, The Blue Shamrock
(1989-1995)
Spitfire
708-776-1063
CHICAGO ZONE, IL
Chicago NorthWest Suburbs, Midrange System {439}, Midrange Systems, NET 115 Echo Coordinator, NET 115 NEC, NorthWest Suburban Hub, NorthWest Suburbs, NW Suburban FS Hub, The Midrange System
(1988-1996)
David Gibbs, NEC David GibbsQuickBBS
708-780-9287
CICERO, IL
GIF(t) Exchange, GIF(t) Exchange , GIF(t) Exchange [GIF files]
(1989-1996)
708-788-0273
CICERO, IL
Pegasus (B)
(1989-1991)
708-789-3610
Code One BBS, Code One {789}
(1989-1996)
Larry Hitz
708-795-4442
Berwyn, IL
Chicago Sys Link, Chicago Syslink, Chicago Syslink [$] {622}, Chicago Syslink [Fee] {622}
(1981-2000)
George Matyaszek
From the September 1994 issue of Boardwatch: Berwyn, Illinois since 06/81. Sysop: George Matyaszek. Using TBBS 2.2 with 16 lines on MS-DOS 80486 with 1000 MB storage. Hayes at 14400 bps. $30 Annual fee. Rated G, so the entire family can call. New CD-ROM online every weekend. 100+ online games, MicroMatch/Find-A-Friend, Internet/Fidonet, USAToday, Worldwide HUB for Virtual Sysop, OutDial Service to Other BBS's and something for All.
708-830-3055
Hanover Park, IL
Psychotic BBS
(1988-1992 )
The Spazz ManPhoenix
708-831-0456
Fers Central, Scan-A-Mania
(1989-1994 )
708-851-3929
CHICAGO ZONE, IL
MicroTech Amiga (2 lines), MicroTech Amiga (Hunt no)
(1989-1996)
708-851-4252
CHICAGO ZONE, IL
Fox Valley Commodore User Group, Fox Valley Commodores User Group
(1989-1994 )
Mike WeaverPCBoard
708-852-1292
Westmont, IL
Carma, CARMA (Chicago Area Radio Monitoring Assn) BBS, CARMA BBS [$] HAM/RADIO/SCANNING>, S.C.U.G., Suburban Commodore Users' Group (SCUG)
(1986-2000)
Will & Gregg SperlingC-Net 9.0 (1989-1993) MAJOR BBS (1994-1998)
"The SCUG BBS was originally run by Joanne Ashdown, but in 1986, she transferred control to Will Sperling. Will ran the BBS on a Commodore 64 under the C-Net software until it was bought out by IMAGE, and the system later upgraded to IMAGE 2.0. Gregg began learning more about computers, and assisted with the administration of the system from approximately 1990 to 1996. The Suburban Commodore Users' Group disbanded, and Will retained the BBS and continued to run it out of his own pocket. The BBS was converted to the CARMA (Chicago Area Radio Monitoring Association, www.carmachicago.com) main bulletin board system sometime in 1993-1994. During this transition, the Commodore 64 platform was abandoned in favor of the IBM PC. MAJOR BBS software was utilized on a 486SX2/66 with a 340MB hard drive, and 15" SVGA monitor. CARMA BBS eventually had Internet E-Mail connectivity via UUCP. Finally, the BBS was abandoned in favor of the Internet." - Gregg Sperling
708-860-2602
Wood Dale, IL
NEC Technologies Inc, NEC Technologies Tech Support, NEC Technologies, Inc BBS
(1989-1993 )
708-862-0182
CALUMET CITY, IL
Chicago TI-99/4a User Group
(1989-1996)
708-872-8086
Lakes Region, Lakes Region BBS
(1986-1996)
John HodalPCBoard
708-872-8889
Lakes Region
(1989-1996)
708-882-4145
Information Exchange (A) [Fee]
(1989-1991)
708-882-4227
IBBS,a.-4228, Information Exchange (A) [Fee]
(1984-1996)
Gene Plantz
708-882-4228
Information Exchange (A) [Fee]
(1989-1991)
708-885-1237
Connection, The Defiant Sceptor
(1989-1991)
708-885-9137
Information Exchange (A) [Fee]
(1989-1991)
708-885-9552
Information Exchange (A) [Fee]
(1989-1991)
708-885-9557
Information Exchange (A) [Fee]
(1989-1991)
708-888-1112
Fox Valley Computer Society, Fox Valley CS {888} [$], Fox Valley CS {888} [Fee], Fox Valley Pet Users Group
(1981-1996)
David Bulkley
708-892-0399
LA GRANGE, IL
Aquarian
(1989-1995)
708-910-3945
CHICAGO - FRONT, IL
Ora-Comm, Oracomm #318
(1982-1992 )
Mark DrozdORACOMM
"I am not sure how I can across your web site but I am sure glad I did. It brings back many good memories of my bbs years. You already have me listed on one of your list but I thought I would provide some additional information. I ran the Oracomm software and I am almost sure it was node #318. It was always listed as being in Hinsdale but it was really in a small town next to it called Clarendon Hills. I run a bbs prior to Oracomm on my Commodore 64. I still have that computer, drive and printer! I want to say that phone number was 789-3966 but I cant recall if it was area code 708 or 630. It was probably 708. You have a great compilation is bbs lists/numbers. I probably have a few of these lists on one of my old hard drives from. Thanks again for the memories. I will need to drop back to continue to browse your collection." - Mark Drozd
708-916-1200
Lattice Technical Support, Lattice,C,DOS
(1988-1996)
C. DeConcilisdBBS
708-916-1218
Lattice
(1989-1991)
708-916-1219
Lattice
(1989-1991)
708-934-6224
OAKBROOK, IL
Far Post, Paradise City, Zen Arcade, Zen Arcade {934}
(1989-1995)
Andy Lester
708-941-7095
Bear's Den (B), Trading Post
(1989-1997)
May Streetz
708-941-7140
Trading Post
(1989-1996)
708-949-5397
Sound Management , Sound Management [MIDI]
(1989-1996)
708-949-6434
Sound Management , Sound Management Music/Midi, Sound Management Music/Midi BBS, SoundMgmt Midi
(1989-1996)
Dave NosekPCBoard
708-953-2366
Lombard, IL
MagicSoft Inc, Nonook Of The North
(1989-1993 )
Wildcat
708-953-4922
Scintillation, Scintillation BBS, Scintillation {256} (3 lines), SCS
(1988-1996)
John HinesPCBoard
708-963-5496
Midwest PCBoard Exchange, Recovery Room
(1989-1995)
Glenn CernyPCBoard
708-968-8592
West. Suburban Wildcat
(1988)
Wildcat
708-972-0628
LA GRANGE, IL
Bolingbrook , Bolingbrook Premium PCBoard, Bolingbrook,Colo
(1985-1996)
Dick LainRBBS
708-972-3275
LA GRANGE, IL
Hazardous Management, Hazardous Material, Hazardous Materials Info Exch, HMIX BBS (Hazmat)
(1989-1996)
Cathy GerardPCBOARD
708-980-9544
Precision, Precision Board
(1989-1996)
Bill Cohn
708-982-5274
U S Robotics Support, U.S. Robotics Support, U.S. Robotics Tech Support {500}, U.S.R. Factory Information Service, US Robotics, Inc BBS, USR Factory Info Svc
(1989-1995)
708-986-1295
North Pole
(1989-1996)
43 Sysops currently listed.
128 BBSes Listed.