As of January 1, 2016, Gapers Block is on indefinite hiatus. The site will remain up in archive form while we evaluate our options, which may include a redesign or sale.
✶ Thank you for your readership and contributions over the past 12-plus years. ✶
Wednesday, January 18
The Bismark, Chez Paree, the Pump Room and the Edgewater Beach Hotel were among the stars of Chicago's nightlife in 1947.