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October 1, 2012

Vintage Chicago Restaurants (Part Two)

Here at domu, we help landlords find tenants and help tenants find apartments. So it goes without saying that we know the ins-and-outs of Chicago's many neighborhoods.  Rather than keep our erudition to ourselves, we feel obliged to share whatever knowledge we have with the apartment-renting masses.  For that reason, and in honor of Restaurant Week 2012, we compiled a list of 58 vintage Chicago restaurants, defined as famous eateries that have been part of the city's cuisinescape for at least 50 years.  The list, released in February, was something of a hit (if we do say so ourselves), and it soon became apparent (thanks to the edifying comments of our readers) that we omitted at least six venerable restaurants from our survey, though certainly with no disrespect intended.  So today we are pleased to add eight more Chicago culinary destinations to our ever-popular Chicago History Map, namely, Roeser’s Bakery (1911), the Original Rainbow Cone (1926), Vito And Nick’s Pizzeria (1932), Moon’s Sandwich Shop (1933), Miller’s Pub (1935), the Palace Grill On Madison (1938), Club 81 Too (1945), and Lem’s Bar-B-Q (1951).  Eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can now visit all 66 of Chicago’s vintage restaurants in just 22 days.  Meanwhile, just so it's all in one place, here's an updated list of 66 Chicago restaurants more than a half-century old:

1 1881 Schaller's Pump
2 1892 Daley's Restaurant
3 1898 The Berghoff
4 1907 The Walnut Room
5 1908 Cafe Brauer
6 1909 Pompei Bakery
7 1911 Roeser's Bakery
8 1921  Margie's Candies
9 1921 Valois
10 1921 The Green Door Tavern
11 1923 Lou Mitchell's
12 1924 Lindy's Chili
13 1924 Orange Garden
14 1925 Erickson's Deli
15 1926 Original Rainbow Cone
16 1927 Won Kow
17 1927 Italian Village
18 1928 Swedish Bakery
19 1931 Tufano's Vernon Park Tap
20 1932 Twin Anchors
21 1932 Vito And Nick's Pizzeria
22 1933 Moon's Sandwich Shop
23 1933 Bertucci's Restaurant & Lounge
24 1933 Bruna's
25 1933 The Cape Cod Room
26 1934 The Billy Goat Tavern
27 1935 Miller's Pub
28 1937 The Diner Grill
29 1938 Palace Grill On Madison
30 1938 Al's No. 1 Italian Beef
31 1938 Frances' Deli
32 1938 The Pump Room
33 1939 Blackie's Restaurant & Tavern
34 1939 White Palace Grill
35 1939 Jim's Original
36 1940 Marie's Pizza & Liquors
37 1941 Gene & Georgetti
38 1942 Manny's
39 1943 Uno Chicago Grill
40 1945 Ann Sather's
41 1945 Club 81 Too
42 1946 Coletti's
43 1947 Marcello's (Father & Son)
44 1947 Home Run Inn
45 1947 Veteran Tamale Shop
46 1948 The Woodlawn Tap (Jimmy's)
47 1948 Superdawg
48 1948 Calumet Fisheries
49 1950 The Bagel
50 1950 Podhalanka Polska
51 1951 Lem's Bar-B-Q
52 1952 Club Lago
53 1954 Jimmy's Red Hots
54 1954 Mario's Italian Lemonade
55 1955 Pizzeria Due
56 1955 Johnny's Wee Nee Wagon
57 1959 Moody's Pub
58 1959 Mickey's Drive-In
59 1959 Aurelio's Pizza Of Homewood
60 1960 Morry's Deli
61 1961 Palermo's
62 1961 Susie's Drive-In
63 1961 Butch McGuire's
64 1962 Monastero's Ristorante
65 1962 Stella's Diner
66 1962 Medici 57
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