Old Town Ale House

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Old Town Ale House
Old Town

Among the framed drawings of regulars cluttering the wooden walls of this saloon-style staple are posters boasting that you’re in “le premiere dive bar” of Chicago. We don’t know where this place gets off speaking French, but it’s been around since 1958, so we’ll grant it bragging rights.

Venue name: Old Town Ale House
Address: 219 W North Ave

Cross street: at Wieland St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 3pm–4am; Sat noon–5am; Sun noon–4am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 11, 72, 156.
Price: Average beer: $3.50
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