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Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Diamond Head, Chicago, IL (restaurant)
Diamond Head, Chicago, IL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-10-09 08:42 am   Permalink

Name:Diamond Head
Type:restaurant
Street:3321 W. Columbus
City:Chicago
State:IL
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:



Here is a very cool old photo of the bar at the Diamond Head Restaurant in Chicago that was listed on ebay. The listing stated that the picture was taken in 1962. The bar stools give the bar a rather mod-looking feel.



There was a nice mural of Diamond Head behind the bar and you can see the pineapple and coconut mugs the used for drinks on the right.




James T's Tiki Road Trip listed a Diamond Head Restaurant on 79th Street in Chicago, wonder if it was related to this one?



DC



 
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Tonga Trader
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 23, 2006
Posts: 100
From: Chicago
Posted: 2010-10-11 08:26 am   Permalink

Those would be one and the same. Columbus becomes SW Highway further south - I think at the city limit. Also, confirmed this address is just south of 79th.

Great looking bar! Mahalo for sharing.

TT


 
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Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-10-11 5:27 pm   Permalink

Tonga Trader,

Thanks for the doing the research on the location. Man this place was around for a long time - the photo was from 1962 and James T indicates that the name changed in the 1980s. Wonder why we have not heard more about this one.

DC


 
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Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2585
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-02-06 6:57 pm   Permalink

Found another bar picture of the Diamond Head bar on ebay.



 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-05-05 10:26 pm   Permalink

There have been a few more photos of the Diamond Head restaurant sold on ebay.

This one has shows a waitress holding a pineapple mug next to a Tiki.




Another shot of the same mug and a nice looking napkin.





I found a mug similar to this one at the thrift store recently.




DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-05-06 5:42 pm   Permalink

One more ebay photo of the bar in action, looks like it was a businessman's happy hour.



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Tonga Trader
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Joined: Jan 23, 2006
Posts: 100
From: Chicago
Posted: 2011-07-06 2:03 pm   Permalink

Happened to be passing through the neighborhood today. This address is now part of a commuter train station parking lot.

TT


 
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BrendaT
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Joined: Aug 18, 2011
Posts: 5
Posted: 2011-08-18 07:29 am   Permalink

Looked like it was more enjoyable as a tiki bar than a commuter train depot. I love seeing these old photos of tiki bars especially in places like Chicago. I like the overall motif of the bar. It looked like a good place to relax and enjoy a cocktail.
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Brenda - I'll be flying to
Chicago from London in a couple months. What are some great tiki bars in the area?

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