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Visit a Chicago Landmark for Halloween Chills

Bucktown's Lottie's Pub approaches 75th anniversary



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    Lottie's Pub

    Forget haunted houses.

    The really creepy places in Chicago are right under your nose where you'd least expect them.

    Lottie's Pub in Bucktown, founded in 1934 and soon approaching its 75th anniversary, has a sordid past that's probably only fully known by the four walls within.

    You may remember that bones were found in Lottie's basement (once known as Zagorski's Rathskeller) when it underwent a renovation in 2004.  The bones were quickly rumored to possibly be the remains of one of Chicago's historic gangsters or hoodlums who used to frequent the corner bar formerly run by Lottie Zagorski, a six-foot-tall supposed hermaphrodite who hosted the alleged speakeasy, gambling hall and possible prostitution den for more than 30 years.  While the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office determined the bones were not of the human variety, they were a chilling reminder of what may have occurred back in Lottie Zagorski's day.

    Ponder that as you sip a beer in the renovated basement.


    Lottie's offers nightly specials – stop by any day of the week and get a deal:

    $1 tacos
    $2.50 Dos Equis
    $3 MGDs

    $3 burgers
    $3 select pints
    $4 shots of Jameson

    $3 chicken sandwiches
    $4 call drinks
    $2 cans of Busch Light and PBR

    $5 32-ounce schooner of domestic beer
    $3 Italian beef
    $4 Southern Comfort and lime shots

    $5 sampler platter - an assortment of mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, tater tots and onion rings
    $3.50 Coronas

    25 cent wings

    Beer specials for during football games:
    $6 32 oz schooners
    $10 32-ounceWisconsin mug of domestic beer and a T-shirt.