Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. From the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to the city’s only year-round farmer’s market, Lincoln Park is known for many things. Nicholas Apostal from Coldwell Banker’s The Apostal Group, grew up in Lincoln Park and talks about one of his favorite things about this neighborhood; its many outdoor cafes.
Along with owner John Corry, Nicholas takes us on a tour of the Four Farthings Tavern and Grill located at 2060 N. Cleveland Ave. The building was built in 1906 and still includes the original tin ceilings. Prior to the opening of the bar and restaurant in 1963, parts of the building were used as a cobbler, bookstore and an apothecary. A major renovation took place in 1981 and wood was brought in from the old Kimberly Clark mansion in Wisconsin to be used in the custom building of the bar and wood surrounds.
This type of old fashioned charm draws in a strong customer base including several local celebrities such as Ron Magers, Richard Roeper and Tim Meadows. Even Guy Fieri, host of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dive paid a recent visit to the Four Farthings and told Corry that his grilled chicken wings were the best he has had.
The coffee shop in the back part of the building was once used as a coach house by Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger many years ago.
Some of Corry’s favorite dishes include the pecan crusted pork chops and the Thai chicken.