Image by Donovan Beeson
If you know about Al Capone or Chicago prohibition gangsters you know about the Green Mill. It is one of my favorite out of the way (for me) bars. Right off of the Lawrence red line, this bar used to be owned by Capone. They even still have his favorite corner booth, which allowed views of both front and side entrances, in case of a raid. There is a trick door in the curve of the bar that faces the Capone booth, where the mobster could tuck into and escape through the basement, if ever needed. This is where we sat and got completely butthoused.
Kateri, Donovan, & Elide - G&T
Me - Makers Mark
Dov - Barkeep's special
Me & K - Makers
From then, I think we just kept asking for "barkeep's poison" which is just whatever the heck Mike (the afternoon bartender) wanted to make for us. I don't remember much after he made us shots that were "something like a lemon drop, but not."
We went on Friday afternoon around 5pm when there is no cover and the awesome Chris Foreman plays some amazing jazz on the organ on the small stage behind the bar. Above you can watch a video of him on the Mill's Hammond B-3 Organ totally killing it. I would highly suggest you go to the Mill for his show, every Friday from 5-8. If you can't make it then, but prefer quite conversation over live music, stop by after noon and have a nice drink at the bar. This is when I prefer to go - there is no music, no TV, it is absolutely great.
The Green Mill has a boatload of history...it used to be a huge beer garden complex, etc, etc, but you can read all about it on Weird Chicago. I just like it because its a beautiful bar with funny people working and drinking there. Stop by and have a Maker's for me. It is a mere $5 on the rocks. The best deal in the city.