Even today, one can easily imagine Ford Model Ts rumbling across the narrow streets and cobblestone alleys of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. That’s why it makes perfect sense Twin Anchors seems to be frozen in time. A Chicago landmark, Twin Anchors opened in its current incarnation in 1932, but the establishment was previously known as Tante Lee Soft Drinks during the Prohibition. Back then, in-the-know patrons knew they could tie up their hot-air balloons outside and drink in peace due to the covered-up windows, side-door entrance, and an escape hatch that to this day remains hidden in the southwest corner of the establishment.
Today, visitors still chatter about how the lustrous wooden bar was built all the way back in 1918 and how Twin Anchors was a favorite hangout of celebrities, including Old Blue Eyes himself. Yet all that talk comes to a grinding halt once the smells of tasty barbecue come wafting out of the kitchen. Twin Anchors doesn’t take any reservations, so it’s usually filled with customers enjoying a drink at the bar and admiring the gleaming wood paneling and maritime décor, which has been depicted in such films as Return to Me and The Dark Knight. Once seated, one can sample succulent giant grilled shrimp, prime filet mignon, or the famous baby-back ribs slathered in Prohibition sauce.