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When it opened was by Paul Gillon in the 1950s, it was called the Columbia Tavern & Liquors. Its current name comes from prior owners Lefty (John Miller) and Lauretta. It is currently owned by Ken Frandsen.
The bar attracts a mixed crowd.
- When Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested, L&L employee Frankie—whom Dahmer hit on—said "Oh my god! That's the guy that used to drink in the corner by the window and 'chickenhawk' the Dunkin' Donuts across the street!"
- John Wayne Gacy is rumored to have shown up in full clown outfit back in the '70s.
In popular media
- Interviews in the tavern feature substantially in Against Me!'s We're Never Going Home.
- A song on Lawrence Arms' A Guided Tour of Chicago (1999) is entitled "The Northside, the L&L, and Any Number of Crappy Apartments."
- Anthony Bourdain visited the L and L for his Travel Channel series The Layover (Season 2, Episode 1 "Chicago").
- The L and L is a shooting location for the HBO series Lovecraft Country.
- Dark Days and Blue Ribbon Nights at the L&L: Bars + Clubs: Karl Klockars: CenterstageChicago.com Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Chicago's Best Dive Bars: Chicagoist". Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
- TV review: Eat (and drink) up: Bourdain takes a Chicago 'Layover', archived from the original on March 25, 2019
- Remembering a Night of Drinks with Anthony Bourdain | TravelPulse, archived from the original on June 18, 2018
- Monday, July 16 Filming Locations for You're The Worst, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, The Chi, John Wick 3, & more!, July 16, 2018, archived from the original on March 25, 2019