Red Lion Pub: Chicago, Illinois – Closed

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Information: This bar is now closed.

Location: 2446 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60614
Phone: 773-348-2695


Dating back to 1882, the building that now houses the Red Lion was built about a decade after the Great Fire. During prohibition, Al Capone reportedly frequented the neighborhood. In 1934, John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents after exiting the Biograph Theater across the street. According to the Red Lion website, the building contained a wild west saloon in the 40’s and at various times served as a gambling hall, produce store, laundry service, and novelty shop. In 1984 the building was rescued and renovated as an English pub by John Cordwell.


The Red Lion is considered by some to be the most haunted bar in Chicago. According to Weird and Haunted Chicago, many have felt a ghostly presence near a stained glass window. Others have noticed a lavender scent said to be given off by the apparition of a young girl that died in the building. Several other ghost



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