[ed note - a very slightly NSFW repost from the 2006 Iowahawk archives. Happy 50th, Maury Kahn's Night Life Chicago!]
Your No-Cover, No-Minimum Guide to the Seamier Side of 1959 Chicago
With Your Cordial Host Dave Burge
Consider the week of April 3, 1959. Chicago was teeming with conventioneers ranging from the American Welding Society, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Music Operators of America, National Association of Waste Material Dealers, Life & Casualty Insurance Conference, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Tobacco Distributors, and (I am not making this up), the "National Military-Industrial Conference" at the Palmer House April 5-8.
Now imagine all those thousands of fun-loving insurance and tobacco and waste material and military-industrialist men in Chicago, away from the wives, looking for a good time. They had no further to look than Maury Kahn's terrific "Night Life" Chicago entertainment guide, the April 3 edition of which occupies an honored nook in the Iowahawk museum. Now, through the magic of scanner technology, I am able to share this treasure with the general public.