WendyCity Tour: 1950s in the Loop

0 Posted by - May 4, 2015 - Tours, WendyCity

An evening featuring The Berghoff and The Palmer House.

Thursdays at 6:00 pm.

WendyCity tours are all about taking people back in time to experience the Chicago of an earlier era.  And one of the most exciting eras to explore is the mid-twentieth century.  My 1950s tour is not so much a tour as it is an immersive experience.  I share video, music, and evocative vintage images that bring the past to life.

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.

$50 per person

Limited to 8 guests.

Please call *text * email me with any questions: 312-810-6609 or wendysue302@yahoo.com

“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

Palmer House ceiling 1


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