Chez Paree nightclub in Chicago, Il

Vintage postcard showing the dining area and stage of the original Chez Paree.

The original Chez Paree club in Chicago, Illinois was located at located at 610 Fairbanks Court.  The setting was a large dinner theater venue and featured large floor shows that featured some of the biggest names in entertainment in the day.  The club was opened in 1932 by partners Mike Fritzel and Joe Jacobson, but due to financial difficulties, in 1949 the club was sold to a managing group of partners.

Vintage postcard showing the dining area and stage of the original Chez Paree.
Vintage postcard showing the dining area and stage of the original Chez Paree.

 

Milton Berle and Bernice Decker of the Chez Pare Adorables - the house dancers or showgirls.
Milton Berle and Bernice Decker of the Chez Pare Adorables – the house dancers or showgirls.

The showgirls, or regular dancers, by the Chez Paree were known as the Chez Paree Adorables.   It do not know who their costumer was, but their performances featured beautiful specialty costumes.

Billie Read: vintage 8x10 photo dated 1 November 1938 Billie was one of the Chez Paree Adorables, which were the house dancers at the Chez Paree night club in Chicago, IL.  She is costumed for a revue show salute to the military.
Billie Read: vintage 8×10 photo dated 1 November 1938
Billie was one of the Chez Paree Adorables, which were the house dancers at the Chez Paree night club in Chicago, IL. She is costumed for a revue show salute to the military.

 

Chez Paree: Lorraine Levoir & Doris Browner of the Chez Paree Adorables, as the chorus girls at the Chez Paree in Chicago were known. This photo is dated 6 January 1941.
Chez Paree: Lorraine Levoir & Doris Browner of the Chez Paree Adorables, as the chorus girls at the Chez Paree in Chicago were known. This photo is dated 6 January 1941.

 

Jay Lucas & Vivian Parker: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 14 August 1945
Jay Lucas & Vivian Parker: vintage 8×10 news service photo dated 14 August 1945

The original site of the Chez Paree closed in 1960.  In the mid-1960s a new Chez Paree was opened at 400 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.  This was the site of another famous Chicago club that had closed – The Silver Frolics.  In fact, in the news service photo below, you can see that the Silver Frolics sign is still visible on the building.

Photo of the second location of the Chez Paree - 400 North Wabash Street, the previous site of the Silver Frolics nightclub.
Photo of the second location of the Chez Paree – 400 North Wabash Street, the previous site of the Silver Frolics nightclub.

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Most of the costumes for the Chez were by Harry Bossen of New York Costume Co. located in Chicago. Donjo Mendelvine owned the orginal Chez for years. Was a nice guy. The club was wonderful. Marty Faye, Francis Faye’s brother had a radio show from the lounge where he interviewed all the stars in town.

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