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Chicago visit in February-where to go and what to do?
Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-01-25 5:42 pm   Permalink

I am going to be in Chicago on business during the week of February 19th and will spend the 23rd-25th looking around for tiki.

Please let me know the best places to go for food, drinks and to purchase vintage tiki in the area. I know there is still a Trader Vics in Chicago. Does anyone know if they have mugs for sale there? Any other suggestions for tiki establishments that sell mugs or have good drinks and food?

Also, I wanted to know if there are any places that sell vintage tiki?

Thanks,

Psycho Tiki D (I know you are and so am I)


 
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jamco
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Posted: 2007-01-25 6:59 pm   Permalink

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=18335&forum=16

The Hala Kahiki is a definate must!!

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tikibars
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Posted: 2007-01-25 10:50 pm   Permalink

Trader Vic's closed on December 31, 2005.

Other than that, follow the link Jamco posted above; all of the info in that thread is still relevant, except for the TVics closing and also the only Tong's that is still really Tiki is the Villa Park one. But most people skip Tong's anyway unless they're being hyper-thorough.

I'll be out of town on gigs, returning on the afternoon of the 24th. As always, it isn't too hard to get me and the ol' Mobile Exploration Lab fired up for the mandatory 'dinner at the Chef followed by drinks at Hala Kahiki' run. I can drive too, if you need a lift to the burbs. Sunbday is better for this run; HK is crowded and loud on Saturdays these days.


 
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-01-26 2:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the link and information! Any suggestions on where to locate any cool vintage items to buy? Antique malls, shops, flea markets?

Thanking you all in advance!

PTD


 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2007-01-26 3:02 pm   Permalink

Try Belmont St., between Ashland and Western. There are a few vintage shops there, including Vintage Deluxe and Night and Day Vintage. Tell 'em I sent ya'.
Try Broadway Antique Mall too (on Broadway, don't know the address - somewhere between 4800 and 6800).

Only Flea Market is waaaay out in Kane country, like 90 minutes drive.

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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-01-26 4:05 pm   Permalink

tikibars,

What about Wolfes? Is this an indoor flea market? Do any of the tiki bars sell their mugs?

Again,

Thanks,

PTD


 
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Tonga Trader
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Posted: 2007-01-27 10:19 am   Permalink

Hala Kahiki has a gift shop to check out, but the mugs they sell aren't the ones they use. They don't really serve in tiki mugs anymore, except Scorpion bowls and the big drink-for-two type bowls.

 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2007-01-27 8:38 pm   Permalink

Wolfes? do you mean the hot dog stand? It is OK, but Super Dawg, Hot Doug's, and Wiener's Circle are all waaay better.

As Tonga Trader says, the mugs at HK gift shop are Dynasty-ish stuff, Tiki Terrace sometimes has some Tiki Farm stuff. No one has a custom mug.

I don't know much about the Kane County flea, look it up on line, it is huge. I never go. Trying to own less stuff, not more, these days...



 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2007-01-28 2:45 pm   Permalink

Chef Shangri-La makes killer drinks...Get the Dr. Fong...2 of'em and you'll be well on your way.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-01-28 8:44 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-01-26 16:05, Psycho Tiki D wrote:
tikibars,

What about Wolfes? Is this an indoor flea market? Do any of the tiki bars sell their mugs?

Again,

Thanks,

PTD



wolfs is closed for the season and their indoor location is gone or has moved further to the southside......mainly sells newer products and brand name copies/knock-offs of stuff....no tiki.

also, vintage delux has permanently closed up shop....


 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2007-01-29 1:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-01-28 20:44, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
wolfs is closed for the season and their indoor location is gone or has moved further to the southside......mainly sells newer products and brand name copies/knock-offs of stuff....no tiki.
also, vintage delux has permanently closed up shop....



Dave, you're a fountain of news today.

When did Gabrielle close up the shop???
Did I miss a big clearance sale?

also, what IS Wolfe's? seems like soumething I ought to know about.


 
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-01-29 2:02 pm   Permalink

My father lives in the Chicago area and when I visited two years ago, he took me to Wolfes (indoor/outdoor flea market). My father wasn't/isn't up to speed on tiki but he thought they would have some stuff. I found some HIP/Polyart/Coco Joes items, tiki swizzle sticks, tiki matchbook covers and some old robots. This was in February as well, so the outdoor flea market wasn't going.

I did not have anytime to investigate the eateries or bars. He took me to some thrift shops, but I didn't find anything in any of these shops.

Now that I have some ideas, thanks to the help of fellow TC'ers, I can get the ball rolling with my dad. This will expedite my pursuit of my favorite past time, collecting and enjoying tiki, even though Chicago in February is a little on the cool side. Continue to give me more ideas if you think of any more!

Thanks for the help,

Psycho Tiki D (I know I am and will be even more so in Chicago)!


 
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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2007-01-29 3:32 pm   Permalink

Which side of town? South side, North side, West Side, near/far, etc.

Check out the
Tiki Terrace if you're up near Prospect Heights/Schaumburg.

All Harry Caray restaurants are serving Trader Vic's Mai Tais 'til a new Trader Vic's gets built.
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-01-29 4:15 pm   Permalink

Dad used to live in Bensenville, now in Addison. As long as the destination is with an hour, I am willing to go. Not sure where Addison is as far as north, south, east or west?

Thanks again,

PTD


 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2007-01-29 4:23 pm   Permalink

Psycho Tiki D, here's a map centered on Addison that shows tiki in the area. If you zoom out a bit, you can get a feel for what's near & what's far:

Critiki Map of Addison

Hope that helps!

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