Twin Anchors

1655 N Sedgwick St Chicago

Old Town/Twin Anchors
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Twin Anchors was established in 1932 by the Walters family and is one of the oldest restaurants in Chicago. Known for their barbeque ribs, which is a family recipe, and nautical décor that fits the name, this barbeque restaurant is worth the stop. The name was actually coined up by the other founder of Twin Anchors, Captain Herb Eldean. The building that houses Twin Anchors is much older, having been built in 1881.

Calling it a “living museum”, the family-owned establishment keeps up with the traditions that were made. They bring the joys of comfort food to an atmosphere that has had minimal change throughout the years.

Since this restaurant has been around for so long, it is no wonder they have won multiple awards and gained recognition over the years from prominent publications for their amazing food, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Gourmet Magazine. This spot was even a feeding ground for stars like Frank Sinatra, who could not get enough of their famous ribs. He started coming to Twin Anchors back in the 1950s and kept on returning, bringing large groups with him. His bodyguard used to block the payphone in the restaurant so guests couldn't get the word out that the famous singer was there.

Twin Anchor has also been the filming set for movies like The Dark Knight and Return to Me. Twin Anchors also hosted celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse for his show “The Originals with Emeril” and Conan O'Brien has been here a few times as well.

Besides the glitz and glam that Twin Anchors has received over the years, the menu boasts a variety of classic dishes that will serve hungry crowds. From the famous ribs to lighter options like salads and fish dishes, Twin Anchors has it all.

Since it is also a tavern, the drink menu boasts a variety on tap and imported beers as well as cocktails for the savvy drinkers. The bar found in the restaurant was actually donated by the Schlitz Brewing Company during WWI to the tavern that used to occupy the building. It was also used in a speakeasy during the Prohibition Era so it is definitely a historic place to get a drink.

Twin Anchors also has merchandise that you can buy online. They offer items like their famous barbeque sauces or a shirt with their motto “Positively No Dancing”.

Twin Anchors is located on North Sedgwick Street which is a 4-minute walk from Sedgwick Brown Line stop.

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