Tiki in Chicago: a Tour by Hang10Tiki

Critiki member Hang10Tiki has just added 132 pictures 160 pictures (he added even more!) from tiki spots around Chicago. Lost Lake, Three Dots and a Dash, The Field Museum, and Hala Kahiki. And they’re wonderful! Let’s go:

Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

Lost Lake, Chicago

It’s been a challenge for folks to get good pics of the room at Lost Lake, because it’s often full of people. Hang10Tiki lucked out and caught a quiet moment, and we’re rewarded with some wide shots of the space. These pictures give an ideal “you are there” experience. Hang10Tiki has added 28 pictures of Lost Lake to Critiki.

Pufferfish lamps at Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Hang10Tiki
Pufferfish lamps at Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Hang10Tiki
Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Drink menu at Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Drink menu at Lost Lake in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Drinks at Lost Lake, photo by Hang10Tiki
Drinks at Lost Lake, photo by Hang10Tiki

 


 

Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

Similarly, these pictures of Three Dots and a Dash are delightfully comprehensive. (I’m wondering if Hang10Tiki read my recent article pointing out that Critiki can use more wide shots—these make me so happy!) There are wide shots of the space from multiple angles, drink shots, detail shots. Hang10Tiki has added 15 pictures 16 pictures of Three Dots and a Dash to Critiki.

Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Tiki pole at Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Tiki pole at Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Bowl drinks at Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Bowl drinks at Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

 


 

The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

The Field Museum, Chicago

Now it’s time for some culture! Hang10Tiki’s images of the displays at the Field Museum are an avalanche of stunning authentic Oceanic art. Slit drums, war clubs, tikis and more from all over Oceania, particularly Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. Just gorgeous stuff, inspirational. Hang10Tiki has added 37 pictures of the Field Museum to Critiki.

The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
The Field Museum in Chicago, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

 


 

Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

Hala Kahiki, River Grove

I saved the best for last. Hala Kahiki is just outside Chicago in River Grove, and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. I mentioned it in my article earlier this week about the passing of William Westenhaver, as a temple to Witco. It’s the best example of vintage tiki in the Chicago area, and it is sui generis: room after room after room, a rabbit warren, filled with delightfully garish Witco carvings. There’s no place like it on the planet. Just the lamps alone: they have so many Witco lamps, they don’t know what to do with them. Hang10Tiki has added 52 pictures 70 pictures (wow!) of Hala Kahiki to Critiki.

Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Souvenir mugs at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Souvenir mugs at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Witco carvings at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Witco carvings at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Tiki at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki
Tiki at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, IL, photo by Critiki member Hang10Tiki

Mahalo, Hang10Tiki!

3 thoughts on “Tiki in Chicago: a Tour by Hang10Tiki

  1. OK, so those are the fabulous places for superb tiki cocktails and genuine Tiki-ness. Yes, those are the top must-do Chicago Tiki places. I totally agree. But, there are so many others that are just fun, filled with great tiki décor, inexpensive, easy to reach and carrying on the great local-Tiki-bar tradition. What about Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines, with its regular hula shows? What about the traditional Chinese food places like Chef Shangri-La in North Riverside and Tong’s Tiki Terrace in Villa Park? We need to support the little guys just as much as we adore and patronize the big guys.

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    1. Agreed! And those places are listed in Critiki. The locations here in this article are the ones Hang10Tiki happened to be able to fit into this one vacation he took. Go to the main Critiki site to see tons of photos and information on all of Chicago’s tiki destinations! https://critiki.com

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