30 Vintage Postcards Show Chicago’s Restaurants in the 1950s and ’60s

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When American servicemen returned home from World War II, they brought with them stories and souvenirs from the South Pacific. This newfound interest, and a need to escape drudgery and horrors of WWII, led to the establishment of tiki bars across the country, including in Chicago, during the 1940s and 1950s, and all the way into the 1960s.

Chicago has made countless contributions to global food culture, from the obvious (deep dish pizza) to the less-so (chicken a la king). But few know that the popular Greek specialty, flaming saganaki, was created in Chicago. Though the fried cheese dish is a staple of Greek cuisine, flambéing it tableside in brandy is a touch created by Parthenon owner Chris Liakouras.
Check out these old photos to see what Chicago’s restaurants looked like in the 1950s.
    Swiss Chalet, Bismarck Hotel, Chicago

Antonio’s Steak House at 1528 N. Wells Street, Chicago

Bamboo Inn Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge at 11 N. Clark Street, Chicago

Cafe Bonaparte Sheraton, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago

Cafe Bonaparte Sheraton, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago

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