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Chicago's most historic taverns: Our list

Chicago's most historic taverns: Our list

It is, of course, a place to get a drink but a tavern can be many things. On one level it's the sum of the collective conversations that have taken place within its walls and of the characters who have inhabited, however briefly, its bar stools and tables. There are roughly 1,000 taverns in the city, hundreds more outside its borders. Some are brand-new, offering those suspicious concoctions called craft cocktails (at Champagne prices), and some of those are nice places and may last more than a few years. But I like taverns with some history, whether that comes in photos on the walls or the echo of past customers' conversations — places with ghosts, if you will. The best...

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