The Biography of Chicagos Marina City
Nancy Goldberg, restaurateur
November 12, 1996
Born in Chicago in 1922, she was the daughter of Irving Florsheim, chairman of Florsheim Shoe Company from 1936 to 1959, and noted sculptor Lillian H. Florsheim. She graduated from The Latin School of Chicago, a private school for students through 12th grade, and Smith College, where she studied mathematics and philosophy. She had a pilots license and during World War II worked at a plant that made bombers. Nancy won many trophies for horse riding and was considered a fine chef.
Married to Bertrand Goldberg since 1946, she had two daughters, Lisa and Nan, born in 1950 and 1952, and a son, Geoffrey, born in 1955, who himself is an architect. She lived on the Near North Side of Chicago and was administrator of the Lillian H. Florsheim Foundation for Fine Arts.
Maxims was located in Chicagos Gold Coast neighborhood, in the basement of Astor Tower, a high-rise building designed by her husband. In 1982, the Chicago Tribune described Maxims as the first designer restaurant. For its grand opening, a team of eight chefs prepared a meal based on one that had been prepared for George V, the king of England from 1910 to 1936.
Very quickly, wrote the Tribune, those who rated restaurants in the city and the world began praising Maxims and sprinkling stars on it.
Said Bertrand, She was a woman of enormous quality. She loved fine foods and fine wines and to serve the people who appreciated them.
Geoffrey Goldberg said in 2009 his mother ended up managing the restaurant, from 1963 to 1982, by default.
Theyre about to open. No ones in charge. Guess who jumps into the mix. Shes in the restaurant business. Shes interviewing chefs. Never had a restaurant in her life.
But she learned quickly, said Geoffrey. She had a lot of fun with it.
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