Old Town Ale House
Where to Grab a Drink in Chicago Right Now
There are dive bars, and then there’s Old Town Ale House. Cited as the “best bar in the world that I know about” by former longtime patron Roger Ebert and frequented by everyone from Bill Murray to Anthony Bourdain over the years, this neighborhood gem sports stiff drinks, a diverse jukebox, an interesting crowd ranging from grizzled old timers to curious tourists, and plenty of stories to tell. The bar is equally famous for its walls, lined with longtime owner Bruce Elliott painted portraits of everyone from a nude Sarah Palin holding a rifle to a mid-strip-search Rod Blagojevich.