Shangri-La

Bar & Restaurant
222 N. State St.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Opened in 1944
Closed in 1968
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
The Field Museum, Chicago 1.7 mi
2.8 km
Won Kow Restaurant, Chicago 2.4 mi
3.9 km
Paradise Club, Chicago 9.7 mi
15.6 km
Chef Shangri-La, North Riverside 10.4 mi
16.8 km
Hala Kahiki, River Grove 11.7 mi
18.8 km
Postcard from Shangri-La in Chicago
date unknown, from the collection of Christopher S. Joy
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Humuhumu’s description:
The space that Shangri-La occupied began as the Three Deuces nightclub, which operated during the '20s and '30s, until a fire in 1940 destroyed the nightclub. The space was briefly the Rhumba Casino, until Shangri-La opened in 1944.

Shangri-La operated for more than 20 years, closing in 1968. After the restaurant closed, the space was converted into a movie theater showing pornographic films. In 1981, the entire block was demolished, and the site is now the Chicago Renaissance Hotel.

Shangri-La's chef, Paul Fong, went on to his own restaurant, called Chef Shangri-La.

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April 7, 2010, 3:45 PM
The decor was very nice although dark. It was one of the best cantonese restauarants I have been to. The pressed duck was always outstanding. It was expensive but worth it.
jeck988 was a regular at Shangri-La, and was usually there late1950s- until closing in 1968.

June 26, 2011, 7:39 AM
jeck988, do you remember any of the staff of the Shangri-La? I am researching the life of Miss Mary Mellanay Delhom, who worked at the restaurant, I believe as manager or business manager, in the 50s and on until the restaurant closed about 1968.
Charlie

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