Girls, Girls, Girls (Rialto Theater, State Street at Van Buren), 1958, Chicago. Art Shay
Mae West, when she was Chicago’s “Queen of Burlesque,” 1914, Chicago.
Although her look would dramatically change when she left for Hollywood, her subtly x-rated humor was there from the beginning.
Burlesque at the Rialto, 1935, Chicago. Aaron Bohrod
Redd Foxx gets a surprise when he peeks into the “ladies’ dressing room” at Roberts’ Show Lounge, 6622 South Park (now MLK Blvd.) 1958, Chicago.
Protesting at The Candy Store, 874 N Wabash, 1984, Chicago.
The Candy Store was the last topless bar in the Rush Street area.
Get up a party and bring the ladies to see Dagmar at the Rialto, State and Van Buren, 1951, Chicago.
South State St, 1946, Chicago. Walker Evans
The Gayety Cafe (549 N Clark), Playground for Conventioneers during the Republican National Convention, 1952, Chicago. Bob Natkin.
Chicago Burlesque, 1936, Aaron Bohrod
Florenz Ziegfeld, born and raised in Chicago, would go on to be one of the most famous vaudeville and theatrical impresarios of Broadway, including his famous Ziegfeld Follies.
Ziegfeld’s first success came with promoting the strongman Eugen Sandow at the Columbian Exposition of 1893.
Rozita Royce, cabaret/burlesque dancer who used doves in her act, 1933, Chicago.
Before and after at the Chez Paree (Fairbanks and Ohio), 1952, Chicago. Francis Miller.
The Rialto Theater, which stood at 546 S State Street, 1954, Chicago.
Burlesque show at the famous Chez Paree, 1952, Chicago. Photo by Francis Miller.
Well wishes from the dancers’ dressing room at the world famous Chez Paree (610 Fairbanks), 1930’s, Chicago.
Arguably the most famous nightclub that ever was in Chicago, I have tons of photos that I’ll be sharing over the next couple of weeks…
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