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Established in 1921, this landmark bar and restaurant is Chicago's oldest tavern.

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"Unsavory characters welcome," boasts this former speakeasy established in 1921, but unless you consider office workers suspect, you'll likely be disappointed on that score. These days the basement speakeasy stage hosts improv and stand-up; still-more-recent innovations include an updated menu (though you can still get Waldorf salad) and weekend brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary bar.

Kate Schmidt

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Walking into the Green Door Tavern feels similar to walking into my grandparents’ attic: the walls are covered with old photos, posters, and knickknacks that couldn’t find a home anywhere else. Claiming the title of Chicago’s oldest tavern, it puts its history on display front and center, including a sign that reads "Street girls bringing in sailors must pay for a room in advance." In a neighborhood overrun with high-end cocktail bars and often less-than-pleasant clientele, it’s a relief to stumble into a cozy pub with a $2 PBR special (every Monday). The food menu recently changed to include fancier fare than the atmosphere might suggest, but stick to the cheap drink specials and you’ll feel right at home. —Brianna Wellen

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