An Evening Featuring The Berghoff and The Palmer House

0 Posted by - April 14, 2016 - Tours, WendyCity

I will be giving my 1950s in the Loop tour for The Chicago History Museum’s popular event, ChicaGO 24 next month.  But yesterday I discovered that my tour is sold out!

If you’d had your heart set on it (!), you have some options:

  1. Check out the also-fast-filling exclusive line-up of ChicaGO 24 tours.  Some of Chicago’s best historians and tour guides are featured doing what they do best.  I’m especially interested in the many neighborhood tours…and the L tours… the cemetery tours…well, and the art tours…OR:
  2. Join me any Thursday at 6:00 pm for The 1950s in the Loop tour!  I will also schedule it as a private tour for you if Thursdays don’t work.  $50 per person.  Limited to 8 guests.  Call*email*text me to reserve your place 312.810.6609,

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This is a supremely enjoyable way to experience Chicago.  My evening tours are not so much tours as they are immersive experiences.  We share video, music, and evocative historic images that bring the past to life.  We eat appetizers, dessert, whatever you’d like.  We drink beer, wine, classic cocktails, whatever you’d like.  And we talk history.

For the 1950s tour, we begin in Chicago’s Theater District, exploring what going out in Chicago meant in the mid-twentieth century.   Then it’s on to the two venues my guests love so much: The Berghoff with its quirky history and excellent beer and, finally, the great Palmer House Hotel.  There we luxuriate in the grand lobby while enjoying classic drinks, appetizers, and/or dessert, all the while feasting on the fascinating story of the hotel and its royal couple, Potter and Bertha Palmer.  We focus on the world-famous Empire Room nightclub that hosted the biggest names in entertainment from the 1930s-1970s.

Empire Rm capacity

“Once again had a wonderful time. I loved the pictures making it much easier to really visualize the past. I also love being able to stop in venues along the way to get a chance to taste and drink the best the city has to offer. Wendy’s groups always have interesting guests too.” ~Bernadette

Meeting Point:  Argo Tea, 16 W. Randolph Street, at the entrance (State & Randolph)

Tour End: The Palmer House Hotel, 17 E. Monroe Street (State & Monroe)

Running Time: 2.5 hours, walking 1/2 mile.  

Drinks and appetizers at The Berghoff and the Palmer House lobby are up to you – many options.

Please call *text * email me with any questions and to book: 312-810-6609 or

“I have lived in Chicago my entire life … and I learned so many new things and saw amazing, beautiful places I never knew existed! When you live somewhere you don’t always take advantage of all it has to offer and you go about your daily activities missing all the beauty around you. Wendy is so knowledgeable and passionate and showed me all there is I am missing.”  ~Sarah, 1950s Nightlife in the Loop

Featured photo by Stephanie Barto

repeal 1933


Bertha waistline


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