The Logan Square bar (just a short walk up Milwaukee Avenue from the California Blue Line stop) is open until 4 a.m. on weekends. After partying raucously at Cole’s Bar down the street, go just a few doors up and follow the sign of the blinking owl to take the night in a more low-key direction. Enter the bar, walk down the long winding corridor and find yourself a comfortable stool to catch a late-night DJ set or enjoy an intimate conversation at this classic Chicago speakeasy.
This candle-lit getaway has earned a reputation as Logan Square’s preeminent late night date spot, and as you walk in, it becomes immediately obvious why. The spacious, dimly-illuminated room with a waterfall behind the bar feels a world away from the weekend chaos happening outside on Milwaukee Avenue. The drink selection leans towards classy, and the pricing encourages exploration. Might as well try one of the exotic beers on tap, since it’s only a buck fifty more than a Miller Lite.
In February 2017, famed Chicago music venue The Double Door closed its doors for the last time. Many a Chicago music fan shed a tear for the legendary club where acts like the Rolling Stones once played. However, not all is lost. The Owl now hosts a monthly free concert series called The Double Door Presents, replete with drink specials ($$ Breckenridge cans, $8 for a Jamesons and PBR combo) and exciting new local bands like Luke Henry and Summer Engine. Come for the atmosphere, stay for the music.