Chicago’s Old Town Ale House

Chicago’s Old Town Ale House is a classic working-man’s bar that achieved iconic status through colorful drunks and celebrity patrons. Near the Second City improv theater, and frequented by the likes of Roger Ebert, John Cusack, Dan Ackroyd, and Bill Murray, the bar relocated after a fire to a temporary location 40 years ago and hasn’t moved since. Classic salty barkeep Bruce Elliott keeps things in check, and if anybody gets rowdy they just put on the classical music. The Thrillist mines the depths.

No Shots Allowed: An Oral History of Chicago’s Old Town Ale House, 3.16.16