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The Organization and the Bookie

My friend Marie Carnes shares a lovely remembrance of an old man's bar on the Northwest Side. Though my own bar-crawling days were mostly spent in age-appropriate bars, most of those blur together in my mind (was that McGee's? or Kincade's?), while the handful of old man's bars that I drank in were truly unique experiences, and each bar remains vivid in my mind, all these years later.

November 18, 2012 in Chicago Observations | Permalink


Thank you for linking, Pete. The place was Big Wally's on Belden and Greenview. Royko gave it a couple paragraphs in his Sez Who, Sez Me book.

Posted by: Marie at Nov 18, 2012 10:00:33 PM

My favorite Royko book. Was that the bar whose dog rescued the drunk from the snow drift?

Posted by: Pete at Nov 19, 2012 5:33:41 AM

That's the same bar, home of Freddie the Freeloader, as immortalized by Royko in 1980:

Posted by: Pete at Nov 19, 2012 1:30:48 PM