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606 not just a park, but a strip club legend

606 not just a park, but a strip club legend

Long before 606 was the name of Chicago's cool new path and park, there was another 606 in Chicago. Behind those three innocent digits lies a fading legend, one almost no one I know has heard, so I wanted to share it before it vanishes. Let's begin with the true part. Mid-20th Century Chicago. Sooty. Smelly. Boisterously corrupt. At 606 S. Wabash Avenue, in a district of flophouses, sits a burlesque club, the kind of place that puts ashtrays on every table and gives customers matchbooks whose covers show topless women in stiletto heels prancing around with bubbles. As the city's burlesque clubs go, the 606 is considered swank. An ad in the 1938 Chicago Tribune...

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