East Side Tap


9401 S Ewing Ave, Chicago, Il


Listed to the National Register of Historic Places 12/20/2022

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The East Side Tap is a new neighborhood bar in a former Schlitz Brewery Tied House on the far Southeast Side of Chicago, Illinois. The building was commissioned by Edward Uihlein, the manager of Schlitz brewery operations in Chicago, and designed by architect Charles Thisslow in 1907, with additions designed by William C. Presto in the 1930s. The design used European and Classically influenced architectural features to convey the legitimacy and decency of the neighborhood saloon in the face of rising socal opposition to alcohol consumption by the temperance movement, all attributes of tied house architecture in Chicago.

Scope of Services

Adopt-a-Landmark fund application
Nomination for listing on the National Register of Historic Places

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Primarily serving Eastern European immigrant workers at adjoining steel mills, the building became a center of neighborhood life, music, and culture; hosting the earliest performances from the Popovich Brothers, a family Tamburitza Orchestra of second generation Serbian-Americans that played throughout the Chicago area for over fifty years.

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Known previously as the Dumbell Tavern, Joy Tavern, the Gay Tavern, Club Selo, The Sun Dodgers Club, Mike’s Club, Club Jo Jo, and JB’s Bamboo Lounge, the building is currently being renovated by a new owner with support from Chicago's Adopt-a-Landmark fund, and will reopen as the East Side Tap.

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