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Shanghai Lil's, Chicago, IL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-07-05 6:20 pm   Permalink

Name:Shanghai Lil's
Type:restaurant
Street:5415 N. Milwaukee Ave
City:Chicago
State:IL
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Another one of the many Polynesian Pop restaurants located in the Chicago area during the Tiki heyday.

I have this postcard showing the drink selections.



Just picked up this nice menu - it is really big.

The cover.



Tropical drink selections from the menu.



Some more drink choices from around the world.



Additional artwork from the menu.






I love the rendering of the woman - must be Shanghai Lil herself.


DC




 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-07-05 8:07 pm   Permalink

anyone care to post a pic of the ashtray..i'm too lazy to do it myself but i will if no one else steps up......
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-06 8:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-05 20:07, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
anyone care to post a pic of the ashtray..i'm too lazy to do it myself but i will if no one else steps up......



OK Tipsy, lets see the ashtray already.

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-11 10:23 am   Permalink

Here is so more info on Shanghai Lil's from James T's book Tiki Road Trip.



Tipsy - Where is that ashtray?

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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-07-11 6:27 pm   Permalink


okay- here it is....this has always been one of my favorite ashtrays.....back in the 80's and early 90's you could find these in just about every visit to a thrift store in chicago.....i used to give these awy to friends for x-mas i had so many back then...this one in particular has really crisp detail in the graphic..not all of them were like that...alot had muddled and smudgy looking graphics...probably because those were the ones they offered up later and didn't care about the quality so much due to the fact that everyone and their brother was probably swiping these things all the time from the place......anyway, it's been along time since i have seen these in the wild....they all just kind of disappeared.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-14 4:04 pm   Permalink

Tipsy,

Nice Ashtray. If you ever come across another one, pick it up for me and we'll do a little horse trading.

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-07-15 09:31 am   Permalink

Here's the pop culture background to the name, a classic musical song performed by James Cagney in 1933:

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/s/shanghailil.shtml

...and here's the only version of the song on the net, as usual with jazz classics from that period, the vocal starts only after a minute into the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olyYvYE6Zlo



On a side note, (Warning: decidedly leading away from the subject of Polynesian pop !), the vocalist Kardos uses for the song reminds me of songs performed by Charlie and his Orchestra:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_and_his_Orchestra

A unique and esoteric footnote to Nazi propaganda, which of course was laughed off by the targeted US and British soldiers -and by hip German teenagers like my parents, who as Swing Kids could tell fake from real jazz:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing_Kids

If they would have had an inkling of Polynesian pop back then, they would have dug it!


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-09-12 4:37 pm   Permalink

Quite a history lesson there, Sven. The youtube shots of old Shanghai were interesting.

Picked up one of those ashtrays Tipsy had posted and it came with a free matchbook from Shanghai Lil's.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-02-07 11:12 am   Permalink

Came across this photo of the Royal Hawaiians, a featured act at Shanghai Lil's. The info stated that the picture was from 1972.




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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2011-02-07 6:06 pm   Permalink

I'm gonna run this pic by Gwen at Barefoot Hawiian.
I'll be she can identify some of these people.




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tikibars
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Posted: 2011-02-10 12:19 pm   Permalink

Hi

Gwen writes:

"Wow - what an oldie! I do remember their faces, but not their names!"




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-12-16 12:08 pm   Permalink

Tiki Transmission Tradition - the Shanghai Lil's logo was used at the Bali Hi in Youngstown, Ohio.



Exotic drinks and a luau room.

DC


 
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danwong
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Posted: 2014-04-25 08:45 am   Permalink

Hi everyone,

My name is Danny Wong Jr. My father was the manager. To answer the question of the aquatic pool, it was located under the floor of the main dining room, it was never used by Shanghai Lil's. I believe the name of the restaurant that had the mermaid show was called The Quid Chicago.


 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2014-04-25 10:23 am   Permalink

Quote:

Some more drink choices from around the world.






This list is fairly hysterical. Sazerac from Brazil? Dr. Funk from Jamaica? Hurricane from Barbados? Bloody Mary from South Pacific? Harvey Wallbanger from Las Vegas?

Did they just pull drink names and random locations from a hat?

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