Chef Shangri-La

Bar & Restaurant
7930 W 26th St.
North Riverside, Illinois, United States
Ph: (708) 442-7080 - Website
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Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am
Opened in 1976
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Hala Kahiki, River Grove 6.2 mi
10.0 km
Paradise Club, Chicago 6.6 mi
10.7 km
Tong's Tiki Hut, Villa Park 8.0 mi
12.9 km
Won Kow Restaurant, Chicago 9.8 mi
15.8 km
Lost Lake, Chicago 8.5 mi
13.8 km
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Witco tiki at entrance at Chef Shangri-La
November 2004, photo by Humuhumu
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Humuhumu’s description:
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.
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April 18, 2009, 9:05 PM
My favorite thing about this place was the side room, separated from the rest of the restaurant by a beaded curtain, where we found an elderly woman sleeping in a bed!
Deecaffs has visited Chef Shangri-La.

February 3, 2012, 10:59 PM
Just a hipster's paradise! I can not wait to get back to Chicago to drive past the Hala Kahiki (sadly over rated) and boogie on down the road to the Shangri-La!!!
Vince Martini has visited Chef Shangri-La.

May 22, 2014, 9:39 AM
Had a whirlwind day in Chicago recently and Chef Shangri-La was part of it! Drinks were good, staff was great and seems in good hands with the new generation!
pittsburgh paulie has visited Chef Shangri-La.

June 19, 2014, 3:54 AM
Went with some friends, and we all enjoyed every drink. 8 drinks done well in keeping to genuine tiki recipes. I appreciated that. And the decor was a lot of fun. We had kids with us, and they had a good time too.

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