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Don the Beachcomber, Chicago
exotica59
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Posted: 2007-04-04 08:28 am   Permalink

I have just heard a tale that when Don the Beachcomber closed some of the decor went to a now defunct Hilton. This got me wondering when exactly the Beachcomber, Chicago closed.
Also I wonder if anyone has heard such a tale.
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2007-04-04 10:17 am   Permalink

Interesting.

Where'd you hear this?

The Palmer House was the Palmer House Hilton for a long time... and Trader Vic's was of couse in there. Wonder if they bought up some of Don's swag?

Don was right down the street, at 101 E. Walton (corner of Walton and Michigan), right on the Mag Mile, really close to the watertower and all of that. It is fashion shops now, natch.


 
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PremEx
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Posted: 2007-04-04 1:41 pm   Permalink

Just FYI...I plucked these somewhere off the web:







 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-04-05 12:43 pm   Permalink

these days that area is known as the "viagra triangle"...noted for all the older men that try to scam on the young girls and tourists that flock to that area due to all the bars and clubs.....

 
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BambooLodge
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Posted: 2007-04-05 1:10 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-04-05 12:43, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
these days that area is known as the "viagra triangle"...noted for all the older men that try to scam on the young girls and tourists that flock to that area due to all the bars and clubs.....


It figures you would know that!
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-04-05 1:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-05 13:10, BambooLodge wrote:
Quote:

On 2007-04-05 12:43, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
these days that area is known as the "viagra triangle"...noted for all the older men that try to scam on the young girls and tourists that flock to that area due to all the bars and clubs.....


It figures you would know that!




i'm not that old yet!! but you'll probably see me and tikibars trolling down there in a few years!!....besides, i have better luck pickin' up lost and lonely runaways at the greyhound station downtown....


 
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Mike the Headhunter
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Posted: 2007-04-05 11:18 pm   Permalink

Very nice!!

 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2007-04-06 10:08 am   Permalink

"you'll probably see me and tikibars trolling down there in a few years!!..."



Yeah, picking up sloppy drunk bridesmaids at the Coq D'or in the Drake Hotel is always a good time.




But back to the business at hand... Mel posted over on FOM that the Hilton in question is not the Palmer House, but one in the burbs.

Any luck with your investigations, Mel?



 
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exotica59
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Posted: 2007-04-06 9:55 pm   Permalink

Although not in the city it is very close to the city. More after the weekend....
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2007-08-16 1:18 pm   Permalink






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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2007-08-16 1:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-04 13:41, PremEx wrote:
Just FYI...I plucked these somewhere off the web:








101 Walton Pl. between Michigan & Rush is across the street from the Drake Hotel, right? Does anyone know what's in 101 Walton Pl. now?
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tikibars
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Posted: 2007-08-16 4:51 pm   Permalink

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101 Walton Pl. between Michigan & Rush is across the street from the Drake Hotel, right? Does anyone know what's in 101 Walton Pl. now?



It is the corner of Walton and Michigan, just a bit down the street from the Drake.
It is trendy fashion shops now, in a newer building.


 
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senioraqua
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Posted: 2009-08-14 12:15 pm   Permalink


From a June 1948 Look magazine article titled "Honeymoon In Chicago" showed things to do on a Windy City vacation.
Hard to read caption: Special treat on the last night of the honeymoon was dinner at Don the Beachcomber's, with Cantonese food served in an exotic tropical setting.


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2009-08-14 12:49 pm   Permalink

The Mai Kai was suplied with head bartender and chefs from DtB Chicago in 1956. Bill Sapp says DtB was a big influence on him opening the Kahiki, but that does not mean it was open in 1961. That does at least have the location open in the late 50s...

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-08-29 3:32 pm   Permalink

Well here is a little more info. I got this nice oversized postcard from the Don the Beachcomber in Chicago. Two great interior views.



The back of the card indicates that it was open until at least 1967.




Close up of the dining room.




And the bar.



You can see Don's cool Cannibal posts at the bar.



And here is a photo posted by Uncle Trav showing the exterior.
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DC


 
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