LOGAN SQUARE — You may spend many long nights at the Whirlaway Lounge, drinking Old Styles and chatting with the bar’s neighborhood-famous owner, Maria Jaimes.
But how much do you really know about the bar and its history?
The neighborhood group Logan Square Preservation is inviting neighbors to “uncover the history of the Whirlaway” at an event set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the beloved bar, 3224 W. Fullerton Ave.
“Whirlaway has stories to tell. Established with the winnings from a longshot bet, the watering hole is named for 1941’s Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred. Whirlaway has had two Logan Square locations and two strong female owners. And its current location features a classic Brunswick (yes, of bowling alley fame) back bar,” an event organizer writes.
The organizer said members of the Jaimes family, owners of the Whirlaway since 1980, will offer a “rare glimpse into the owner’s quarters.”
Event-goers can also expect a conversation about the changing neighborhood “in terms of demolition, construction and development — and why it’s important to preserve and support historic places like the Whirlaway,” according to the organizer.
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