L&L Tavern

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L & L Tavern at 3207 N. Clark Street (at Belmont Avenue), in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago was "named one of the best dive bars in the nation by the frat-tastic legions of Stuff Magazine."[1]

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.

Serial killers[edit]

  • 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.[2]

In popular media[edit]


  1. ^ Dark Days and Blue Ribbon Nights at the L&L: Bars + Clubs: Karl Klockars: CenterstageChicago.com Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Chicago's Best Dive Bars: Chicagoist". Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  3. ^ TV review: Eat (and drink) up: Bourdain takes a Chicago 'Layover', archived from the original on March 25, 2019
  4. ^ Remembering a Night of Drinks with Anthony Bourdain | TravelPulse, archived from the original on June 18, 2018
  5. ^ 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

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