LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors can learn about the history of beloved dive bar Bob Inn — and get a rare glimpse at its original details — at an event next week.
For its spring meetup, neighborhood organization Logan Square Preservation is giving locals a “behind the scenes peek” at Bob Inn, 2609 W. Fullerton Ave., which has been operated by the same family for nearly 80 years.
The event, set for 6-8 p.m. April 19, will give neighbors the chance to chat with the owners, check out archival photos and other historical memorabilia and win vintage mementos.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online.
Bob Inn opened in the 1890s as an ice cream parlor and billiards hall, according to Logan Square Preservation.
Brothers Bob and Harold Hanson bought the bar in 1945 using Harold Hanson’s pay from serving in the Navy during World War II, according to the organization.
The family later added a restaurant component called Bob Inn Grill. The restaurant, open from 1961-2002, was known for its “Goethe burgers,” which were named after the nearby school.
Today, the bar is run by Harold Hanson’s son, Jimmy, and his wife, Ann, with help from his three sisters and two daughters, according to Logan Square Preservation.
The owners will go over the bar’s history during the event and take neighbors on a tour of its historical features, such as the original tin ceilings and walls and what remains of Bob Inn Grill’s old soda counter.
Participants will be entered to win keepsakes from the bar.
There will be free snacks and “cheap” drinks for sale, a staple of Bob Inn, according to the event page.
Logan Square Preservation is a neighborhood organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of Logan Square. The group reviews zoning and land use proposals, helps restore local landmarks and spearheads improvement projects, such as tree planting.
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