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Historic Bars of Chicago

A Guide to the 100 Most Historic Neighborhood Taverns, Blues Bars, Jazz Clubs, Cocktail Lounges, Sports Bars, Nightclu

Sean Parnell


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Kind of Like Museums...But You Can Drink There

They're famous and infamous, riddled with stories and scars, and thriving with contemporary personality alongside historic color. They're the essential bars for understanding what Chicago is all about.

Your Chicago Bar Project

How about soaking up Chicago history and cultural knowledge one tavern at a time? In "Historic Bars of Chicago" author Sean Parnell ( delivers a compelling Chicago 101 and Masters program all in one. Simply visit the historic neighborhood pubs, dives, cocktail lounges, blues bars, jazz clubs, and bierstubes in his book; read a bit about them; mingle with the regulars; and join in their games, music, and banter. You will absorb the essence of the city and be thinking (and drinking) like a real Chicagoan in no time.

Praise For Historic Bars of Chicago: A Guide to the 100 Most Historic Neighborhood Taverns, Blues Bars, Jazz Clubs, Cocktail Lounges, Sports Bars, Nightclu

“A guide and historical journey . . . a handy book [that] gets you out of the house. . . . Great for those who want to use taverns as a means to exploring the city. [Parnell] is a fine writer with a real sense of history. A fine, fine book.”  —Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune and WGN radio

“Very accurate. Right on the money.”  —Chicago Tonight

“One look at [Parnell’s] book, which overflows with adoration for Chicago’s taverns and the implausible legends that haunt them, and I knew I had never been anything more than a nightlife dilettante. . . . But it wasn’t until Parnell quizzed me on bar trivia that I grasped the truth: I’d never known bars—or loved them—quite the way he does.”  —Chicago magazine

Lake Claremont Press, 9781893121829, 271pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2010

About the Author

Sean Parnell runs the marketing consulting firm Innovaxis and is the creator of the Chicago Bar Project, which honors the city's great watering holes. He has written about Chicago's best taverns in "Esquire Magazine" and "Time Out" and on, led historic pub crawls for the Chicago History Museum, and traveled the globe in search of the world's best pubs. He lives in Chicago. Sean Parnell is a drinker with a writing problem. He created in 2000 and has written about Chicago's best taverns in "Esquire Magazine, Time Out," and "" Please buy his book "Historic Bars of Chicago" so that he can get some help.When he's not writing about bars, Parnell runs a marketing consulting firm, Innovaxis, that provides marketing strategy and implementation services for companies looking to grow, take their website to the next level, and launch new products and marketing campaigns.