Beloved Blackhawk restaurant lives on in UIC exhibit — including the spinning salad bowl
By Rick Kogan
The sprawling campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago was all but empty one day last week, students having vanished for a time between spring and summer semesters.
But a large crowd was gathered on the third floor of the campus’ Richard J. Daley Library for the formal unveiling of an exhibition of materials from the lively and varied near-centurylong history of the Blackhawk restaurants.
There were menus and music, photographs and newspaper stories, recipes and postcards, and so many other items, all delightfully displayed in glass cases. This represents but a small portion of the vast amount of Blackhawk-related materials that will delight those who can remember and benefit members of future generations.
What, you might ask, will be the value of a small brochure titled “It’s Fun to Eat an Artichoke” to some future student/scholar?