Ollie's Lounge

★★★★★

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I stumbled into this bar a month after moving to Chicago (5 years ago). I was in the neighborhood to cat-sit. It was Christmas eve and the few people I knew in the city were out of town. I was the only white person when I walked in, being from Alabama, I was very intimidated. I was about to back out when Ollie herself invited me in for a drink. The bartender and patrons alike were warm and friendly. I made fast friends and stayed for hours longer than I intended, telling jokes and swapping life stories.

2 years later, I came to this bar again with a friend who worked nearby. 10 minutes into a game of pool, Ollie came out to give me a hug and ask how Chicago was treating me. How could she have remembered me? I felt right back at home.

THIS is the kind of bar that every neighborhood needs. It's come as you are, everyone is welcome, and everyone is family. I just can't say enough.

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★★★★★

I stumbled into this bar a month after moving to Chicago (5 years ago). I was in the neighborhood to cat-sit. It was Christmas eve and the few people I knew in the city were out of town. I was the only white person when I walked in, being from Alabama, I was very intimidated. I was about to back out when Ollie herself invited me in for a drink. The bartender and patrons alike were warm and friendly. I made fast friends and stayed for hours longer than I intended, telling jokes and swapping life stories.

2 years later, I came to this bar again with a friend who worked nearby. 10 minutes into a game of pool, Ollie came out to give me a hug and ask how Chicago was treating me. How could she have remembered me? I felt right back at home.

THIS is the kind of bar that every neighborhood needs. It's come as you are, everyone is welcome, and everyone is family. I just can't say enough.

Pros: Owner on site, friendly, cheap, mixed crowd

Cons: neighborhood a little seedy at night

 

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