Located on the north side of Chicago, Simon’s Tavern is a local, if not a national, treasure.
Simply put, there just aren’t enough of these historically rich bars around any more … let alone one that serves glogg.
You’ll find Simon’s Tavern just a few steps north of the intersection of Clark Street and Foster Avenue, in the midst of Andersonville, a longtime Swedish enclave on Chicago’s north side. Open since 1934, Simon’s is a true Chicago original. By day, it’s a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle just outside the front door. At night, Simon’s is a gathering place for the neighborhood and beyond.
Arguably, glogg is what makes Simon’s most famous. While there are bars around the United States that serve glogg, Simon’s is truly a bar identified with the drink.
During the Christmas season and into mid January, Simon’s posts a sign in their front window stating that glogg is available. And believe us when we tell you, people watch for that sign!
The friendly owner of Simon’s, Scott Martin, bought the bar from the original owners in 1994 and is a staunch supporter of not only the bar’s many traditions, but the surrounding Andersonville neighborhood as well. Scott was kind enough to give us an insiders tour of the historic bar last summer, revealing various historical elements and a few great stories as well!
Scott claims that during the time of year when glogg is served, elderly neighbors of Swedish heritage bring in samples of their own home made glogg, and proceed to lecture Scott on what’s right with their recipe and what’s wrong with Scott’s. Ah, Chicago at its finest …
We highly recommend Simon’s Tavern not only as a great bar to enjoy glogg, but also as a terrific bar in general. They have an eclectic tap beer selection and the atmosphere is historic saloon. It’s a great place to kick back for a few rounds of drinks and conversation.
Sometimes during the summer months, Simon’s serves glogg chilled. Stop by and experience this place for yourself and enjoy the surrounding Andersonville neighborhood, which is great for a stroll or pub crawl. Here’s the Simon’s Tavern website: www.simonstavern.com