Twin Anchors

Liz Garibay
Written By Liz Garibay

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The Neighborhood Tap

Bong-bong-bong. They say that if you can hear the glorious church bells of St. Michael’s, you’re in Old Town. As I sit in Twin Anchors and feverishly devour some world famous BBQ ribs and guzzle down an IPA, I read that the bells that were installed in 1876 and tower 325 feet over us in a steeple built in 1888. When Lewis Ketzel had his butcher shop here in 1873, what was his reminder? Hmm, a question to ponder with the next IPA. (Why would he need to be reminded of this?)

By 1890 this was a tavern and during Prohibition, it was the Tantee Lee Soft Drinks Company, another popular speakeasy. Twin Anchors opened in 1932 by a former harbormaster at Monroe Harbor whose fascination with all things nautical inspired the name and decor in the bar. If the welcoming feel of the perfect neighborhood tap doesn't entice you, then the ribs certainly will. Mmmm. Even Frank Sinatra would regularly visit the bar just to get a taste of the delectable dish. Ask to sit in his booth. Other celebrities followed Frank's example, especially hungry comedians performing at the nearby Second City. Bonnie Hunt filmed Return To Me here and more recently, Christopher Nolan shot a scene of the Dark Knight here too. So if you're up for a whole lot of history and a whole lot of deliciousness, Anchors away!

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