Chicago Bar Project since 2000

Historic Bars of Chicago

by Sean Parnell, creator of Chicago Bar Project

$10 per copy (cover price is $16)
All copies are autographed by the author
Makes an excellent gift

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Historic Bars of Chicago is also available here in Chicago at
Binny's Beverage Depot:


Binny's & Historic Bars of Chicago


South Loop: 1132 S. Jefferson St.
Downtown: 213 W. Grand Ave.
Lincoln Park: 1720 N. Marcey St.
Lakeview: 3000 N. Clark St.
Hyde Park: 1531 E. 53rd St.


Sean Parnell's TV interview with Phil Ponce on WTTW's Chicago Tonight

Sean Parnell's appearance on WGN TV's Midday News:


Historic Bars of Chicago by Sean Parnell

Historic Bars of Chicago contains reviews of the Top 100 most historic bars, taverns, nightclubs, lounges, dives, and bierstubes in Chicago today, published by
Lake Claremont Press


Buy Historic Bars of Chicago today from Chicago Bar Project and you will receive your very own autographed copy—you will also receive a $45 discount on your next Chicago Trolley rental. You can't beat that with a stick!



What Makes a Chicago Bar Historic?

Historic Bars of Chicago Author Sean ParnellJust being old is not enough. These Chicago bars have stood the test of time. Within the covers of this book, you'll learn the stories behind Chicago's best nightspots: how they came to be, their intertwining histories, uniqueness, celebrity clientele, and their place within the culture of the great city of Chicago. We even threw in the most historic suburban bars, taverns we miss the most, and 24 do-it-yourself historic pub crawls.

Historic Bars of Chicago Answers these Questions

  • What is the oldest tavern in Chicago?
  • What Chicago bar received the first liquor license following Prohibition?
  • What were the favorites places of Al Capone and Frank Sinatra?
  • What was Chicago's first tavern and where was it located?
  • What is the oldest blues bar, jazz club, sports bar and wine bar?
  • In what tavern did Hunter S. Thompson smash a urinal?
  • What is the author's favorite bar?

The Specs

Cover Price: $15.95
Specifications: 4" x 9", 250+ pages, soft cover
Extras: pub crawls, appendices, index, photos, maps
ISBN: 978-1-893121-82-9

Thank you everyone that participated on our North Side pub crawl!

  • Historic North Side Pub Crawl
  • Historic North Side Pub Crawl Presenter

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