• Mornac 3y

    Ugh! I just had an unpleasant flashback of staggering out of the Joker Pub at 4:00 on a Sunday morning and wolfing down a couple of hamburgers with grilled onions and a bowl of red. It was a regular habit of mine when I was in my early twenties. The Café DeWé (as it was affectionately known by neighborhood regulars) was the best though and I miss it. It had a “Grand Central Station during the Depression” feel to it with seven stools, a stainless steel counter, and grillmen from central casting. I never went in there without expecting to see Robert Mitchum walk in right behind me. It’s a Taqueria these days but I believe that the “Dewey’s” signature is still inscribed on the terra cotta behind the cheap modern awning that’s there now waiting for some gothic minded entrepreneur to resurrect it from the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel . Sadly the iconic “Hamburger Chili” neon sign with erstwhile flashing arrows was removed a year or two ago. One can only pray that it wasn’t thrown in the dump.
  • patsycline 3y

    Yes, Cafe DeWe, thanks for the colorful description. I believe the sign has survived and is located at a restaurant in Wicker Park.
    Hamburger Chili, Chicago by Cragin Spring
  • Mornac 3y

    Wow patsycline, that’s just the type of info that can really brighten up a guy’s day! I feel a warm glow of chili long past just knowing that a little bit of Dewey’s will be buzzing and flashing over a dark Chicago street into the 21st century (and perhaps beyond). Did you take the above photo yourself, or did you aquire it elsewise?
  • ResearchChicago 3y

    Does anyone know the names of the old taverns pictured in the Ashland Arms Building??
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