The Green Door Tavern is the oldest drinking establishment in Chicago – opening in 1921 – but the building dates back to 1872. Just a couple blocks from the Chicago brown line stop, it’s only a 10 minute walk from the loop.
The Green Door is a classic spot – obviously because of the history – but also because of the patrons, the quality service, great drink selection and good food. It’s typically crowded, and while there are usually some older people, there tend to be a lot of younger people because a lot of tech businesses and startups are located nearby. The walls are adorned with eclectic antiques and memorabilia, from baseball bats to a stuffed moose head.
The last time I was there, I shared the GDT poutine with a friend, and it was delicious. It had Italian beef gravy, cheese curds and giardiniera. Last but not least, in the basement, you will find a hidden speakeasy, which adds another layer of excitement to this fine establishment.