They're serving up food, drinks and whole lot of holiday cheer at one downtown Chicago saloon this winter.Butch McGuire's has once again decked its halls with a festive holiday display unlike any other in the city, filling the bar with 45,000 lights and hundreds of custom-made decorations hanging from the ceiling.
According to the saloon, the tradition began in the 1960's when founder Butch McGuire purchased old department store decorations to illuminate the establishment. Today, Butch McGuire's exudes the same holiday spirit, but the display has since received a major upgrade.
"It's a tradition for many families that are now second and third generation customers," said Gerry Grant, head of marketing for Butch McGuire's. "You wouldn't believe the volume of calls we get asking if the decorations are up."
In addition to the dashing decor, the Chicago bar encourages the spirit of giving by selling ornaments and ad sponsorships featured on their model trains to raise money for charity. All proceeds benefit Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a non-profit organization that provides warm clothes and essentials to kids in need.
Check out these photos of Butch McGuire's festive display.