The Green Door Tavern

678 N Orleans St Chicago

Chicago's Beer History/The Green Door Tavern
Liz Garibay
Written By Liz Garibay

Getting folks excited about history through tavern & beer history. Talks, tours, travel & boozy history experiences happening often.

One of The Orignals

Built in 1872, just after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Green Door tavern is the oldest wooden frame building – post-fire - in the city of Chicago. Built on fire ashes, the house began to settle into the foundation almost immediately. When you walk in, be sure to notice how the building leans to the left…Chicago’s very own leaning tower.

Looking for one of Chicago’s earliest speakeasies? You’ve found it. Legend has it that the right kind of folks would know to look for a green door to gain access to the speakeasy, hence the name of the tavern. The speakeasy is still open - although all reconstructed from props - and it too has the original bar, stage, and stairs from the 1920s.

Insider Tip

If you ever find yourself looking for the entrance to the speakeasy, now called The Drifter, head downstairs in the back of The Green Door. Find yourself between a bathroom and a bookshelf, if so then you’ve found one of the original speakeasies in Chicago. Just give the bookshelf a tug and enjoy!

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