Gold Star | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Bar/Lounge, Classic Bar | Restaurant
Cheery Ukrainian Village bar with free popcorn and generous bartenders.

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Zakopane, Phyllis’ Musical Inn, and the Gold Star form a triangle of well-preserved Ukie Village saloons that have weathered Division Street’s transformation from "Polish Broadway" to hipster strip. Mary Ann Reid, who’s run the place since 1990, says back in the day a previous owner used to shuttle sailors in from Navy Pier to be entertained by young women in the rooms upstairs; a street view ran $3.75 an hour. Gold Star has adapted to changes in the neighborhood with frequent paint jobs, rotating local artwork, free popcorn, and generous bartenders who can entice new generations of drinkers while keeping the dwindling ranks of old-timers happy. –Mike Sula


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