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The Garrick Restaurant


My dad ate lunch at the Garrick every day, for about ten or fifteen years, until he relocated his office from the Loop (in the Oriental Theatre building, just visible at the far right of this photo) out to Arlington Heights. When I worked in the Loop, some of my favorite lunch restaurants were located on the ground floor of parking garages - Haute Sausage, Cafecito, Blackwood BBQ. Those places are generally low rent, no frills, just a focus on good, affordable food. I’m pleased to realize that the Garrick was a “parking garage restaurant” too – another bond between me and my dad.

(Via Urban Remains.)

December 11, 2018 in Chicago Observations, History, Personal | Permalink


By the way, the restaurant’s name was intentional - the garage was built on the site of Louis Sillivan’s Garrick Theatre, which the city, in one of its maddening fits of myopia, allowed to be demolished in the 1960s. I’m sure the garage (and, indirectly, the restaurant) are reviled by historians, but at least the restaurant has a warm spot in one heart - mine. The garage and restaurant are now long gone.

Posted by: Pete at Dec 11, 2018 8:52:03 AM

gone also, I imagine, are the "fountain creations"?

Posted by: Paul at Dec 13, 2018 4:45:16 AM

Yes, gone - but in a nice twist, Julie works in the office tower that now stands on the site.

Posted by: Pete at Dec 14, 2018 7:12:16 AM