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Fading Ad: Phil's Tavern


Here's a real obscurity: Phil's Tavern, on the northwest corner of Madison Street and Carpenter Street, on the Near West Side. I can find absolutely nothing online about this place - even searches of the approximate street address come up empty. My only discovery is a Google Street View image from last May, which shows a shingled awning that formerly obscured the sign; that awning is now removed, and the sign revealed. (But that also suggests the building is being renovated, which means the sign might disappear soon.) Based on the drab exterior and the tiny size of the building, it's probably safe to say that Phil's used to be a non-descript, hole-in-the-wall dive, perhaps dating back to the era when this stretch of Madison was the city's skid row.

March 25, 2015 in Photography | Permalink


It was probably the kind of place I would be simultaneously attracted to and fearful of.

Posted by: Paul at Mar 27, 2015 4:52:50 AM

Same here.

Posted by: Pete at Mar 28, 2015 9:54:57 AM