In addition to owning and operating Chicago’s Club Alabam, Gene Harris loved horses and riding thoroughbreds. In 1937, Harris’ deep Virginia roots were showing when he purchased the Fashion Club Stables, located on North Cleveland Avenue, one block west of Clark Street.
Harris’ lighthearted personality infused every business he launched and his advertisements for the stables echoed his amusing ads for Club Alabam.
Tragically, the stables burned in 1945, killing a total of eighty horses.
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