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The Tropics, Chicago, IL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4859
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-10-11 12:49 pm   Permalink

Name:The Tropics
Type:restaurant
Street:64 W Madison in the Hotel Chicagoan
City:Chicago
State:IL
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
On of my favorite old postcards of a pre-Tiki bar and restaurant in Chicago. The bamboo huts over the dining booths are wicked cool.



Also came across this old menu from the place.



DC



 
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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 2142
From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2009-10-11 1:59 pm   Permalink

Good post DC. I passed up that first card of yours and a few more of different shots of the Tropics this weekend. Pre Tiki is not my collecting cup-o-tea but good to see in a post of it's own to show the evolution time line.

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Dustycajun
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Posts: 4859
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-11-06 12:40 pm   Permalink

Trav,

I don't think I have ever seen another postcard from the Tropics in Chicago. Do you remember what it looked like?

Here is a matchbook from ebay.





That's a hellava location.

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posts: 4859
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-04-25 08:35 am   Permalink

A menu with a nice rendering of the little Tiki huts at the Tropics.





DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4859
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-08-08 5:10 pm   Permalink

Picked up another old brochure from the Hotel Chicagoan with a photo of the Tropics Lounge. Built in 1937 with all the modern comforts.





DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4859
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2015-06-10 8:50 pm   Permalink

A napkin with a sporty Palm Tree.



DC


 
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Tiki Shaker
  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 751
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2016-02-01 3:53 pm   Permalink









 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4859
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2016-02-01 4:07 pm   Permalink

Tiki Shaker,

Nice malier! Looks like the artist borrowed some ideas from Monte Proser's Beachcomber.




DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2016-02-01 4:49 pm   Permalink

And while were at it, an artful menu cover.



And a few entertainment ads.





DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11558
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2016-02-03 06:26 am   Permalink

Wow! Great pre-Tiki material, guys!

 
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