Rainbo Gardens


I absolutely love this photograph of two impossibly chic women at Rainbo Gardens in Chicago in 1926.

I had to look up Rainbo Gardens and discovered it used to be located at the Lawrence and Clark intersection on the north side:

“Rainbo and its parking lot sit on two acres that have seen many entertainment uses over the past 130 years. In the 1870s, a beer garden was built there. Rainbo’s current building dates back to 1922, when it featured a theater/restaurant and an outdoor garden with lavish stage shows.Michael Ross, a former security employee, said that in the 1920s, the building included a tunnel up Lawrence Avenue toward the Green Mill on Broadway, allowing gangsters and other patrons to escape Prohibition-era police raids.”

This excerpt was taken from Uptown Chicago Commission. The article was written right before the building was torn down in 2003.

Sounds like Rainbo Gardens would’ve been the place to be in the 1920′s.


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