Derby Hats and Mint Juleps

A few weeks ago, my husband and I stopped into the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop at 3243 N. Broadway and were delighted to find such a unique collection of hats. The staff here is wonderful, truly enthusiastic about their goods and happy to help you find just the right fit. One of the things we were most impressed by is their array of styles from different eras. From fedoras to cloches, from flatcaps to ballcaps, there is something for everyone.

This is the perfect place for guests of the Old Chicago Inn to go if they are in search of the right hat to wear for Derby day this Saturday. The have a nice selection of wide brim hats for ladies. Gentlemen can find plenty of derby appropriate hats in their straw collection. In addition they have a small selection of handcrafted women’s Derby hats, trimmed with vintage ribbons, and accented with antique feathers and buttons. These are truly one of a kind hats, guaranteed to make a splash at any Derby gathering.

The majority of the Goorin Brothers collection is handmade.  Many of the vintage styles are modeled on original company patterns as Goorin Brothers has been making hats since 1895.  All of their handmade hats are made in the United States.

Expect to spend $50 – $60 on machine made hats and about $125 – $175 for handmade ones.  Should you decide to invest in one of their handmade creations, I highly recommend purchasing one of their hatboxes for storage; It’s only proper to take good care of your hat, and the boxes themselves are nice decor.

If you stop in to Goorin  Brothers on Broadway be sure and ask for Hannah.  If you fall in love with their hats but live far away, don’t fret, they have several locations nationwide and sell online as well. Check them out at http://www.goorin.com  .

So if you’re all dolled up and looking for that perfect Mint Julep be sure to stop in to Room 13 during your stay. The Old Chicago Inn’s authentic speakeasy, exclusive to guests, serves handcrafted cocktails from the prohibition era from 8 pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Mint Juleps will be on the list of this weekends offerings.

Happy Derby Day from all of us at the Old Chicago Inn.

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