Green Door Tavern Chicago

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Green Door Tavern – Oldest Tavern in Chicago

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.

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Details about this spot



678 N Orleans St, Chicago

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 03:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:00


GDT Poutine: USD 9


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)