Don’t let those palm trees waving in the breeze fool you.
This was the Tower Cabana, a year-round city country club on Peterson at Jersey on the North Side of Chicago, in its technicolor heyday. A vacation to Miami Beach without leaving Hollywood Park. Fashion shows, musical theatre and talent shows, mah-jongg and teen dances–owner Oscar Brotman dreamed big and spared no expense. He even planted those palm trees. And in the winter they froze the whole pool over for a skating rink.
I never step foot in the Tower Cabana. Missed it all. A toddler when this photo was taken and not yet ten when the place closed down after some years of slow or no business. I recall hearing that such a place existed, when a friend one hot summer day said, “We have to go to pool at the Acres Motel now because Tower Cabana closed.”
I did go to the Acres Motel pool, and let me tell you, it was no Tower Cabana. But, thanks to Mike Kitay, we can all see what a swell place the Tower Cabana must have been.
And one more thing. This has nothing to do with Tower Cabana, but that green cyclinder with the red and white checkerboard around the top? Does that ever look familiar.
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