Unexpected Art--in our Hotel!

Unexpected Art--in our Hotel!
Jerry Lewis, comedian, film producer and humanitarian, well known for his labor day telethon to benefit muscular dystrophy, passed away August 2017 at 91.

A quick trip to Chicago to see art, three shows at the Art Institute and one at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  The fourth show was a complete surprise-one of photographs at the Palmer House.  These photos are not in the lobby or in any of the public areas, they are in the hallways on the guest room floors.  It was a very pleasant surprise to see these beautiful black and white photos of people who performed at the Empire Room, supper club in the Palmer House from 1933 to 1970.

The  Empire Room is still off the lobby of the hotel, but it is no longer a night club.  One of  nights we were there, there was a private event, a gathering of people honoring Ozzie Guillen, former manager of the Chicago White Sox.  The days of celebrity entertainment in a night club are over at the Palmer House--now they play much larger venues.  The stars live on, in the halls of  the hotel, greeting guests as they walk from the elevator lobby to their rooms.

fullsizeoutput_4396Liberace was the pianist in the Empire Room, performing there from 1947-49 and 1959-60.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fullsizeoutput_4395Frank Sinatra was a popular performer at the Empire Room in the 1930's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fullsizeoutput_4394Nat "King" Cole appears to be rehearing his show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fullsizeoutput_4390George Burns with his cigar and without Gracie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fullsizeoutput_4392Jane Russell, movie actress in the 1940's and 50's, was the most popular pin-up with servicemen during WWII.

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  • Awesome Black and white photos remind me of 1990's. Thanks for sharings such unique photos.
    Brian Pittman

  • Nice Photos.
    Jonathan Merage

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