A Rich History
Opened in 1963, Astor Club (Maxim's) was a replica, in both looks and cuisine, of the famous Parisian restaurant, which still operates in Paris today. Astor Club (Maxim's) celebrates the opulence of Art Nouveau. Astor Club (Maxim's) was once the only 5-star restaurant in Chicago. The award-winning restaurant was ranked among the top six gourmet restaurants in the country by Life Magazine. It brought haute cuisine to the city and attracted a dedicated following of Chicago's high-society.*
From "Some Like It Haute" by Don Rose, March 19th 1982.
1963 to 2000 - Bertrand and Nancy Goldberg
- Original owners and operators of Maxim's de Paris Chicago.
2000 to 2022 - City of Chicago
- The space was gifted to the City by Geoffrey Goldberg and operated as the Nancy Goldberg International Cultural Center.
2022 to Present - Victoria and Adam Bilter
- The original interior was saved from deterioration. Now carefully restored, its legacy is restored. Thanks to the Bilters, the amazing space's history is preserved.
Some previous confirmed visitors to Astor Club (Maxim's) and Astor Tower:
Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Elton John, John Travolta, Rosemary Clooney, John Belushi, Joe Walsh, Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Adam West, George Burns, The Beatles, George Harrison (Beatles), The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Warren Beatty, Dan Akroyd, Truman Capote, Kirk Douglas, Marc Bohan (Dior), Princess Christina (Sweden), Leonard Nemoy, Bette Davis, Countess Pat Albertinni, Dizzy Gillespie, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor, Milton Berle, Johnny Mathis, Julia Cameron (Scorsese), Buddy Hackett, Carol Channing, George Hamilton, Ann Margret, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, David Cassidy, Milton Berle, Peter Jennings, Candice Bergen, Phyllis Diller, Bob Crane, Sigrid Valdis, Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, Leslie Caron, Joan Fontaine, Norman Wallace, Carl Stohn Jr, Virginia Mayo, Robert Shaw, Don Matheson, "Killer Joe" Piro, Stephen Birmighham, Jan Sterling, Edia Adams, Joan Bennett, Hedda Hopper, Carmelita Gibbs, Adele Simpson, Lucia Perrigo Meyer, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Franchot Tonę, Hurd Hatfield, Alexandra Stewart, Godfrey Cambridge, Charlotte Ford Niarchos, Shekky Green, Mrs Oscar Hammerstein III, Studs Terkel, Peter Max, Ward Donovan, Hugh O'Brian, Lanie Kazań, Julie Harris, Barbara Rush, Mark Herron, Joan Van Ark, Raymond Bompart, Lillian Carter, Patsy Kelly, Rafael Herrera, Mort Sahl, Jill St John, Dennis Day, Sarah Vaughan, Princess Margaret, Harry Caray, Chubby Checker.
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