South Shore Inn

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South Shore Inn
Chicago

This shot-and-a beer joint, located across the street from the Hegewisch South Shore Line stop, seems to have picked a date sometime around the midcentury and stuck with it. The grandparents of owner Dean Ubik bought the building in 1921, and it operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition, when "working girls" rented rooms upstairs. The tavern, last rehabbed in 1949, features sparkly gold vinyl booths and a gorgeaous Art Deco bar. Bud Light and AmberBock are on tap ($1.55 per pint), and vintage ads for the train line adorn the walls. And check out the collection of black-and-white family photos on the wall, including pictures of Ubik's mom's bowling team from the 50's.

Venue name: South Shore Inn
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Address: 13611 S Brainard Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at 136th St
Opening hours: Noon–midnight
Transport: Bus: 30, 108. Train: Elec S Chicago to South Shore.
Price: Average beer: $2
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