House Of Tiki

|February 19, 2013 | Photos By J.Yuenger

A photo I took in the mid-1990s of a soon-to-be defunct bar in the south side Chicago neighborhood where I grew up. There was something totemic about this place for me, and a couple of years ago I posted a different-but-the-same picture and some thoughts here.

P : ” I remember driving in M.’s car on the coldest night of the year to go Ciral’s after a long night of bartending at Tuttaposto. Sadly, M.’s car decided to freeze on Lake Shore Drive and we didn’t know what to do. Luckily, one of Chicago’s Finest pulled up behind us and gave us a ride back to River North. “

M : ” Didn’t D. discover she had an allergic reaction to rum there after drinking a Zombie one night, while a rather down on his luck guy played the Star Wars theme on his kazoo ( over and over )? We also had that big dinner there one night after work where the whole staff of Tuttaposto came down. It was surprising that everyone made it home in one piece. $9 Zombies with 7 different spirits ( mainly rum ), followed by the Planter’s Punch with only 6 different spirits in it, both served in the naked lady glasses. Ahhhh, those were the days! “

P : ” I remember the bartender ( who looked like a bearded, shriveled, pipe-smoking elf ) said to D., “Why so glum?”  P.S., I still have two zombie glasses. “