The postcard above shows an ice skater performing at the Terrace Garden Restaurant at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago. It is the only postcard I have of the ice skating show there, but there are others including the two shown below (source: Roy Blakey's IceStage Archive). The postcards below show an ice-skating carnival (left) and a skating act (right).
The Terrace Garden Restaurant had a tiered dining area curved around a large area that could be used as a dance floor or stage. The dance floor could be converted to an ice rink for performances by professional skaters. The small portable ice stages were called "tanks." The first permanent ice tank was installed in the College Inn of Chicago's Hotel Sherman in 1914. This type of show became popular and was copied by other hotels, including the Morrison. My postcard was mailed in 1922. Hotel ice shows seem to have died out during prohibition, but were revived later.
The following is an except from a 1917 description of a show at the Terrace Garden (source):
The first part of the programme was devoted to a high-class cabaret programme in which the entire Terrace Garden company took part . . . When this was over the rugs and sylvan scenery disappeared, giving place to a surface of glittering ice and a background of wintry scenery, which was the setting for a wonderfully graceful and fascinating skating show. The stars [a man and woman] . . . were backed by a duo of feminine skaters hardly less agile and attractive, and a whole skating ballet of pretty girls who coasted down onto the ice on sleds and performed numberless figures in the ice carnival . . . It was a Mardi Gras Carnival on ice . . .
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