Hey Bill, my uncle used to manage The Ambassadors E & W for the
Wrigleys! On one cross-country trip, he took us to dinner in The Pump
Room. Very impressive, if overdone decoratively. Definitely not PC,
with African-American waiters (from Blackstone) dressed as servants to
But, the food was good, even ate the snails in garlic & butter, after
the flames were put out – not just on the snails, but on uncle’s head,
to which an unlucky waiter accidentally got too close with the flambeau
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Wild Bill wrote:
In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Wed 13 Aug 2008:
So, when you get to Chi-town, definitely make dinner
reservations for Saturday night at the Pump Room for you and
your significant other.
Back in the day, there were two old, very nice hotels a bit
off the Lakeshore Drive called the Ambassador East and the
Ambassador West. They were connected by a tunnel under the
street with flower vendors and coffee shops and the
Ambassador West had a great little supper club and jazz
venue called the Pump Room.
When Frank Sinatra was in Chicago (Chicago, Chicago, my kind
of town…) he hung out at the Pump Room with his cronies
and often got up to the mike to join in. Anyway, as legend
has it, at some point he pointed to his favorite table and
told the Maitre De to reserve that table for him forever.
To this day, when you go to the Pump Room, they have the
table reserved for ‘‘Mr. Sinatra’’. If you ask them, they
will show you ‘‘Mr. Sinatra’s’’ table.
And also, to this day, they have the best jazz and food and
booze in Chi-town. So, drive your Jag to Chi-town and do
the Pump Room on Saturday night. And get a CD or cassettes
Mr. Sinatra and Count Basie for the trip home after.
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