Fodor's Expert Review Old Town Ale House

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Just a stone's throw from Second City, Old Town Ale House has attracted a diverse cast of characters since it opened in 1958, including comedy legends John Belushi and Bill Murray. With eclectic artwork, a mural of bar denizens painted in the '70s, and an on-site lending library, it's a dingy neighborhood bar unlike any other in the city—perhaps the country. Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert called it "the best bar in the world."

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219 W. North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois  60657, USA


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