WICKER PARK — The glass blocks obscuring what’s happening inside Phyllis’ Musical Inn will look newer in the coming days, but will still pretty much be the same as when owner Clem Jaskot’s family opened the bar and live music venue in 1954.
Rather than replace the Wicker Park corner bar’s front facade with open glass windows, second-generation owner Clem Jaskot Jr. opted to replace the aging glass block with new glass block.
“Everyone is happy that we are keeping [the glass block facade]. It was in need of repair; some blocks were cracked. We had to replace the bad ones and decided to do all of them at once,” Jaskot said.
Construction worker Rafal Wojcik with Wodaj Construction, who was onsite removing and replacing the blocks Monday, said the project to replace some 600 glass blocks started on Monday and should wrap up on Tuesday.
Located at 1800 W. Division St., Phyllis’ Musical Inn is known for its unpretentious vibe, a stage that hosts live music and an adjacent enclosed beer garden with a basketball net.
Initially a grocery store in the early 1900s, the building became a bar and polka club in 1954 owned by accordionist Phyllis Jaskot, Clem Jaskot Jr.’s mom, according to the Beachwood Reporter.
Jaskot said he has not decided what to do yet with the old glass blocks.
“It’s undetermined,” Jaskot said.
Across the street, Goldstar Bar at 1755 W. Division also features glass block in its front facade.
Gold Star Bar’s owner MaryAnn Reid said glass blocks are “wonderful.”
“Gold Star probably had glass block [put] in at exactly the same time as all the other bars. In the 1950s, it was cool and modern,” Reid said.
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