City Tavern Is Most Beautiful Bar South of Chicago

March 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

The 142-year-old City Tavern in Kankakee is the most beautiful bar south of Chicago.

Not only does the building retain its original woodwork and tin ceiling, but it also has a colorful history‚ having served as a brothel many years ago.

The building can seat 400 people in both the downstairs and upstairs bar areas. The upstairs is designated non-smoking and has a separate air filtration system. This area is open on Friday and Saturday nights and for private parties and special events like Cinco de Mayo.

The main bar downstairs opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week and has three outdoor decks for its customers‚ all heated during colder weather. Tuesday nights are especially popular‚ as they feature digital karaoke.

City Tavern offers 60 types of beer and about 40 varieties of wine.

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