One discovery leads to another. I collect old Chicago postcards and ephemera and in this way learned that the Hotel Plaza seems to have stood where the Chicago Latin School is now, North & Clark. The hotel's brochure directed me to Marigold Gardens, Broadway & Grace, so I googled it and found on a website called Jazz Age Chicago a list of beer gardens that mostly opened around 1895 and continued for years, then sometimes changed to other forms. One seems to have metamorphosed into Riverview Park, while Rainbo (Beer) Gardens became Rainbo Skating Rink and now Rainbo Condominiums. I don't know whether there's still an apartment building on Diversey near Broadway called Rienzi Plaza, but it stood (or stands) on the site of the Rienzi Beer Gardens. BTW you can view a lot of these disappeared places by going to eBay and searching "postcard chicago".
> I have an old mug from the Reinzi Gardens/cafe,
> Emil Gasch Propietor. Did this turn into the
> Reinzi Hotel that the northside gang hung out in
> the 1920's? More info please!!!!
according to the publication "That Toddlin Town, Chicago White Dance bands from 1900-1950", the Rienzi Hotel occupied the site of Reinzi Gardens. On the second floor of the Reinzi, was a dance club that went thru a series of name changes in three decades. In 1923, a former manager of the Green Mill opened the Rendezvous. In 1928, the Rendezvous was padlocked by Federal Agents and shut down for a year. The Rendezvous reopened as the Alladin, and then in the late 30's became the Famous Door. It became the Paddock Club in the 40's, and then the building was torn down in the late 80's to make way for the high rise condo.
To seod: All I've been able to find out so far is that there was a Rienzi Hotel and it was next door to the Diversey Arms Hotel at Diversey and Clark, now a Day's Inn. If you google Rienzi Hotel you will get the same material I read. In the 1920's a lot of big music names more or less started out there in the hotel's Rendezvous Cafe---Glenn Miller played with Ben Pollack's orchestra, Mugsy Spanier got his start, Bix Beiderbecke was a resident, and Louis Armstrong recorded in the back room. BTW last week there was a postcard for sale on ebay (expensive and from a vendor in Europe) that showed the big elaborate restaurant dining room of the Rienzi Arms so there was more going on there than a beer garden.
How amazing this is. I have passed that Day's Inn a zillion times and had no idea of this history. Also there was a Commonwealth Hotel at 2757 Pine Grove, and the old Brewster apartment building at Diversey and Pine Grove (built in 1893 and originally called Lincoln Park Place).