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] Named for the original owners Lefty (John Miller) and Lauretta. Prior to that, (in the fifties) it was called the Columbia Tavern & Liquors and was owned by Paul Gillon. The bar attracts a mixed crowd. It is currently owned by Ken Frandsen.

Serial killers[edit]

When Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested, L&L employee Frankie—who 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]

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."


  1. ^ Dark Days and Blue Ribbon Nights at the L&L: Bars + Clubs: Karl Klockars: CenterstageChicago.com
  2. ^ http://chicagoist.com/2013/01/16/chicagos_best_dive_bars.php

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