Meow. Welcome to the Chicago Area Tiki Tour!
A fun-filled bus tour of the area's best tiki venues
Chef Shangri-la or "the Chef" as the locals call it was opened in July of 1976 by Paul & Susan Fong, both who had already spent years in the restaurant business in and around Chicago. For almost 40 years they have been serving up some of the finest Chinese recipes and have a wide variety of tropical drinks including their famous Dr. Fong. Their youngest daughter Betty took over the day to day operations a few years back, and plans to keep those Tiki torches burning for at least another 40 years.
Hala Kahikithe jewel of Chicago-area tiki, is also among the best preserved classic-era tiki bars in the world. Witco enthusiasts will marvel at one of the most concentrated assemblies of Witco decor anywhere, as they peruse an epic-length drink list. Opened in the late 1960s by Rose and Stanley Sacharski, Hala Kahiki is still operated by their descendants.
Lost Lake is the newest tiki bar to grace Chicago’s tiki scene, opened by Chicago’s award-winning tiki mixologist Paul McGee, with a little help from
Martin Cate of San Francisco’s lauded Smuggler’s Cove. Lost Lake transports you beyond the snow & cold of the windy city to a tropical paradise with drool-worthy tropical
drinks that will make you want to try the whole menu.
Three Dots & a Dash helped revitalize tiki in the windy city, bringing it back to downtown to offer Chicagoans a great tiki escape that had
been missing for much too long. 3 Dots, which won “Best New American Cocktail Bar” at Tales of the Cocktail, was Paul McGee’s first foray into a tiki venue before
opening Lost Lake.
The Tiki Terrace is where Chicago's Hawaiian community gathers. A labor of love brought to you by the brothers Zuziak, Tiki Terrace is the best place in the Midwest to see authentic islands entertainment while enjoying Hawaiian comfort food, such as loco moco. The incredible pan-Oceanic decor was mostly hand-fabricated by the Zuziaks, who are also performing fire-knife dancers.
We'll be kicking-off the CATT at 7pm at our host hotel - the aloft O'Hare with plenty of fun, tiki & entertainment exclusively for CATT ticket holders.
Surfabilly Freakout Presents the intoxicating sounds of Chicago's fabulous Cocktail Preachers!
Java's Bachelor Pad Radio Show will be spinning swinging tunes for your listening enjoyment and recording the show for broadcast, too!
And - in the tradition of giving that The Fraternal Order of Moai has established with each of our events, we'll be having a silent auction at The CATT, with all
proceeds going our national charity, The Easter Island Foundation.
10am all-aboard the CATT busses! We'll be touring the best of the Chicago Area's Tiki Venues all day, with plenty of fun, libations & good time to be had by all. We'll return to the aloft O'Hare after Midnight.
After a good night's sleep from the day before's FUN, Sunday's festivities will kick-off at 1pm at Lost Lake, including Thank You, their Chinese joint so that you can get your
Tiki Brunch on - a definite don't miss that's exclusive to CATT tickets holders only!
The host hotel is the aloft at Chicago O'Hare. There is a special CATT rate you can book HERE ($129)
through April 3rd.
Parking & Local Area Information:
Parking at the aloft hotel is $13 + tax per day with in/out privileges. (that's 1/2 off regular price for CATT attendees)
For those flying in, the aloft hotel has a free shuttle pick-up service to/from O'Hare.
PLUS: free shuttle to any place within 2 miles of hotel (restaurants, etc.)
To get you to/from downtown Chicago, the CTA Blue Line is close walking distance from the hotel