Two “Tied” Taverns From Schlitz’s Chicago
Jul13

Two “Tied” Taverns From Schlitz’s Chicago

We did quite a long article a while back about Southport Lanes (3325 North Southport Avenue) — the neighborhood bar with quite a long and interesting history. At the time, we noted in the article that this was one of Chicago’s “tied” bars, meaning it was owned by a brewery and operated by independent contractors.  A very similar system still exists today in Britain, but was outlawed in the United States decades...

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Of Bars, Brothels, Bookies, and Bowling
Mar06

Of Bars, Brothels, Bookies, and Bowling

Learning how to “read” architecture can tell you a lot about a building, a block, or a neighborhood. Architecture has the ability to capture a moment in history in concrete and glass, then tell the story of that moment to future generations. An interesting story can be read in the building at 3325 North Southport Avenue. Southport Lanes looks like many of the thousands of neighborhood watering holes scattered around the...

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