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Opened in 1976
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Dec 19, 2005
Witco tiki at entrance at Chef Shangri-La
November 2004, photo by Humuhumu
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For some reason, this gem of a restaurant often gets forgotten... likely because Chicago is a relatively tiki-rich city. Chef Shangri-La deserves a visit, as its drinks are spot-on, and the food is predictably and somehow appropriately mediocre. The place has a sort of almost neglected, run-down feel, but the bones are there, and there are tikis everywhere. The bar in particular has recently undergone a rare remodel that has improved the feel of the place. If you're lucky, you may run into Chef Shangri-La himself, owner Paul Fong. Before opening his own Polynesian restaurant, Fong was the chef at the now-defunct Shangri-La restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant has a few Witco pieces, including a very large Ku that greets you immediately upon entry. These pieces are some of the last Witco items produced; Witco went out of business one year after Chef Shangri-La opened.
How to find it:
Chef Shangri-La is on the corner of W 26th St. and Des Plaines Ave. There is a sign right at the corner.
Chef Shangri-La has its own large parking lot.