The Glunz Tavern

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In 1888, Louis Glunz I opened a neighborhood tavern on this Old Town stretch. It closed just before Prohibition, and the space sat vacant for 90 years. Then Louis's granddaughter, Barbara Glunz, and her son, Christopher Donovan, brought it back to life. If only the tale ended there, and not with our recent visit, where we got stuck with an overpriced and watery old fashioned, an hour-long wait for a pretzel and the impression that no one here inherited the gene for managing a bar.

Venue name: The Glunz Tavern
Address: 1202 N Wells St

Cross street: at Division St
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–1am; Sun 5–11pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 70, 156.
Price: Average beer: $7
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