Sunday, January 4, 2015

Monroe Restaurant Ladies Cafe

Monroe Restaurant Ladies Café
From the Chicago Eagle, November 8, 1895

Location: 118 and 120 Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opened/Closed: 1895

This ad appears in the Chicago Eagle for November 9, 1895. In many ways this is a typical ladies café, in that the ladies café is located on the second floor--generally considered inferior square footage from a commercial point of view. If this is a typical ladies café (which I suspect it was), male escorts were more than welcome in the ladies café--and may in fact have represented a majority of the patrons. However, rest assured that the Gentlemen's Café did not admit ladies, escorted or not.

The place existed less than three years after this ad appeared, as it burned to the ground in March 1898.

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