Between 1932 – 1960, Chez Paree was the most sophisticated nightclub in Chicago. Located in Streeterville in what is now known as the Schatz Building, Chez Paree featured that era’s most renowned singers, dancers, comedians, and vaudeville performers. Some of the acts that appeared include Jimmy Durante, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra.
To celebrate the opening of the new Chez event space at the same location, the Schatz family worked with Chicago’s Liska +Associates to create a limited edition hardcover book commemorating the history of Chez Paree.
Using family photos, documents, and newspaper clippings, the book tells the story of the nightclub through the different eras of its 28-year history.
Candid photos of both the stars of the era and everyday people allow the book to serve as a time capsule of mid-century Chicago nightlife.