As you may know, it's The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival. Now, I wouldn't usually recommend this, but there's a fun hat event paired with Chicago history happening tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Hotel Monaco is hosting a hat party in its Paris Ballroom with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a Goorin Hat trunk show. (I love those super expensive Goorin hats.) The Chicago tie-in for this event is that it also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the building that housed the famous D.B. Fisk & Company.
Being a PR person, I'm sensitive to these awkward tie-ins, and since I had never heard of D.B. Fisk and Company I had to research and find out if this is a legit piece of Chicago history. I did some digging, and I found some very neat history.
D.B. Fisk and Company was founded in 1853 by Daniel Brainard Fisk, originally of Massachusetts. The business was the first wholesale millinery - a fancy word for hat production - in the area, and it became the largest in the country.
The business' first location was on Wells between Lake and South Water Streets, but it later moved to 53-55 Lake Street where it stayed until the Chicago Fire destroyed it.
D.B. Fisk then spent 41 years at Washington and Wabash, well past the death of Mr. Fisk in 1891. In 1912, D.B. Fisk and Company erected a 13-story building at 225 N. Wabash. Today, that building houses the Hotel Monaco Chicago.
Nice tie in, Hotel Monaco!
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