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1958 - "Eli's Stage Door Deli" opens
The new "hot spot" on Oak Street in downtown Chicago quickly becomes the favorite haunt of both the Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive set. When in town, entertainers such as Barbara Streisand, pianist Bobby Short and comedian Sheky Green frequent Eli's.