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    Post #1 - March 1st, 2021, 7:56 pm
    Post #1 - March 1st, 2021, 7:56 pm Post #1 - March 1st, 2021, 7:56 pm
    For those who are interested:

    "The Newberry Library has acquired the archives of Mister Kelly’s, an iconic 20th-century Chicago nightclub, cultural hub, and launchpad for comedians and singers including Richard Pryor, Barbra Streisand, and many others.

    Founded in 1953 by George and Oscar Marienthal, Mister Kelly’s became one of Chicago’s best-known jazz and comedy venues, operating until 1975. The club was located just a few blocks from the Newberry, on Rush Street in the spot where Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse sits today. During decades of social upheaval and segregation, the club was a rare gathering place for people of all races to enjoy performances from the likes of musicians Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Herbie Hancock and co
    medians Bob Newhart, Dick Cavett, and Lily Tomlin."

    https://www.newberry.org/archives-miste ... d-newberry
  • Post #2 - April 2nd, 2024, 8:21 am
    Post #2 - April 2nd, 2024, 8:21 am Post #2 - April 2nd, 2024, 8:21 am
    The Newberry has now opened the exhibit “A Night at Mister Kelly’s”, and we thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this Chicago icon. The link here provides details on the exhibit, as well as some related events planned for the next few weeks.

    https://www.newberry.org/calendar/a-nig ... ter-kellys
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  • Post #3 - April 2nd, 2024, 1:40 pm
    Post #3 - April 2nd, 2024, 1:40 pm Post #3 - April 2nd, 2024, 1:40 pm
    As an aside, George Marienthal's sons, Phil and David, opened the great Blue Mesa in the 1980's (a couple of doors down from what is now Alinea) introducing New Mexico cuisine to the city. The blue corn tortillas seemed alien and exotic at the time. The food was great and we visited quite a bit. I last saw Phil Marienthal at Wildfire in Glenview, where he was a manager. Not sure if he's still there, this was probably pre-COVID for a work event for the wife. (Just checked LinkedIn which says he's at Passero in Arlington Heights - great place).

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