POSTCARD – CHICAGO – CAFE BELLINI – 1014 RUSH STREET – INTERIOR – 1961   3 comments

CAFE BELLINI - 1014 RUSH STREET - INTERIOR - 1961

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Posted July 22, 2009 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

3 responses to “POSTCARD – CHICAGO – CAFE BELLINI – 1014 RUSH STREET – INTERIOR – 1961

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  1. I first heard WFMT radio broadcasts at Cafe Bellini in 1954. After learning what classical music radio was I bought a KLH FM radio to listen to broadcasts at home. I discovered the Zenith radio station about the same time where George Peabody acted as host. I continued to listen to Jay Andres on Music to Dawn on WBBM from 11pm to 5 am

  2. This photo is from a postcard issued by Cafe Bellini. The cozy place was unique, with wonderful reproductions of Italian Renaissance paintings on the walls; classical music was always playing, and there was the fragrance of fresh, exotic coffees being brewed by a tall, silver, ornate maker atop the lengthy, dark-wood bar. There were fabulous sandwiches and pastries. I still remember the Imperial Russian Tea; “the Czar would be proud,” proclaimed the menu. You could sit alone for hours at a little, marble-topped table, without being bothered by anyone, and meet some interesting, after-theater people. I once met the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First French Horn player and his wife there in 1965. I enjoyed Cafe Bellini every Friday or Saturday night after the opera or a concert. During an afternoon in 1967 or ’68, I stopped by, as usual, and was shocked to see that the entire block on which the establishment was located had been recently gutted by fire. I walked alone though the smashed, glass door, and look around at the abandoned, thoroughly ransacked interior. It was a sad moment. I always wondered if “the Mob” had been responsible. I was surprised to read above that a patron visited there as long ago as 1954.

  3. This was my place to impress my dates while in HS and College. I’d go after the shows at Mister Kelly’s.

    They had wonderful Italian pastries and a latte covered with orange flavored whipped cream that was really to die for. It’s been almost sixty years since I was last there but that Latte was one of the finest things I ever had in my life, and the ambience was great.

    richard jacobson

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