Before you could say “Oh no, Mr. Bill!” momentary panic broke out when the Chicago Tribune announced yesterday that the Berghoff Restaurant and Café, a Chicago landmark, was to be sold – but then relief hit once we realized that it’s staying in the family.
Carlyn Berghoff, great-granddaughter of founder Herman Berghoff and CEO of the company that operates both the restaurant and Berghoff Catering, is retiring at age 55. Although she started out as a caterer, Ms. Berghoff bought the restaurant a few months after her parents had closed it (again, they were retiring) and intended to use it as a space for private events – but former customers kept asking her if the restaurant had reopened. Eventually, bowing to customer demand, she reopened the restaurant/bar and downstairs café in 2006.
The Berghoff’s trademark neon sign (Photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)
We’re in the news again – well, yours truly is. I’ll be giving a lecture and slide presentation on Tuesday, April 19th in downtown Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets, right across from Millennium Park. The topic will be “Public Art Along Route 66,” covering the route between its eastern terminus at Jackson Boulevard and Michigan (only a few blocks south of the lecture venue!) and downtown Joliet some 40 miles southwest. The 90-minute presentation will begin at 1:00pm and will be held in the Renaissance Court, which is located in the northwest corner of the first (main) floor, right off the Randolph Street entrance.
Sponsored by the Geographic Society of Chicago, the free lecture is part of the society’s monthly travelogue series. Registration is unnecessary, but show up at least 15-20 minutes in advance to get a good seat. See you there, or be square!
Your own 66 roadiegal,
Yes, it’s in the wrong place … but you’ll be in the right place if you come to my lecture!