For longtime Chicago residents the Green Mill is so well-known it’s almost an afterthought. But the bar’s story—its place in Prohibition lore, its importance to Uptown and the local music scene, and more dramatically, its own rebirth after decades of neglect—make it a singular piece of Chicago history.
Opened in 1907 as Pop Morse’s Roadhouse, it was first a bar and beer garden for mourners spilling over from the nearby Graceland and Saint Boniface cemeteries, eager to quench their thirst and toast the dearly departed. The bar was purchased by Tom Chamales, a real estate developer and tavern owner, in 1910 and renamed the Green Mill Gardens. The new name referenced Paris’s Moulin Rouge (Red Mill), but opted for a different hue so as to avoid association with a nearby red-light district. Chamales expanded the venue (the current bar is only a small portion of the original). Along with other nearby spots like the Uptown Theatre, which took the space occupied by the gardens themselves, the Green Mill Gardens helped the area become a nexus for entertainment and boozing right before Prohibition. Supposedly, Chamales was once offered $1 million for the bar and turned it down.
Vernita Gray, one of Chicago’s longest and most prolific activists for LGBT rights, has died. She was 65.
Gray and wife Pat Ewert were the first same-sex couple married legally in Illinois, Nov. 27, 2013, after winning a court victory because of Gray’s critical health situation. That paved the way for additional court rulings that hastened marriage in Illinois ahead of the original June 1, 2014 implementation of full marriage equality in the state.
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Join us at Laugh Factory Chicago on April 15 for a night of stand up comedy to support Open Books’ literacy programs! Buy tickets here:http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/date/2014-04-15
@ourmaninchicago: I see what you did there, Chicago demonstration ballot
Drinks at the Robie House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style masterpiece brings back a Friday night event offering cocktails, small eats and music.
It’s official: As Crain’s reported in December, Chicago’s John Hancock Center is building a new tourist attraction that will strap visitors in a glass box and “tilt” it over downtown. Watch the simulation above & read Crain’s scoop here.
I can hear the interns who usually take excursions in to the city for our office going “NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO” right now.
Happy Pi Day From The Chicago Public Library!
(Most of) where to get independent coffee in Chicago. Still needs a little work, though — no Coffee Studio at Bryn Mawr? Beans & Bagels at Montrose?
(via CTA Coffee Map)