Day 111—Friday, April 30th, 2010
Alright, I’ve had a great time here in Chicago! Simon’s Tavern was a blast and I had a great time seeing John Williams over at WGN and being interviewed by him. Hopefully they'‘ll be a podcast I can post soon. Thanks to John, his producer Beth and all the great people at WGN!
Okay, “Boris” was the one that threw this name into the ring and everyone from Chicago wholeheartedly agreed that my last night on the midwestern jaunt of the crawl should be spent at Club Foot in the Ukranian Village of the city. Is that the perfect name or what? So put on your special foot gear and let’s hop over to Club Foot!
The day started out early for me as I went over to WGN Radio to be interviewed by John Williams. It's been over 16 years since I wormed my way onto his show, this should be fun!
Jacquia and Stacie greeted me at the reception area and happily agreed to pose for a photo. Okay, I begged them to, but after a few minutes, they relented.
Beth, the producer of the show led me into the studo and showed me where to sit.
The interview went great and it was lots of fun to catch up with John. One Peoria boy makes good and one, well, he's just going to 365 bars and seeing what happens. Thanks to John and everybody at WGN! Tons of funs!
I worked up quite an appetite, so imagine how thrilled I was to learn that right across the street is the legendary Billy Goat Tavern. The one that inspired the John Belushi "Cheesboigah, Cheeps, no fries," skit.
The line is long...
But it moves fast.
Is that Dan Aykroyd behind the grill?
Cheeseboigah, cheeseboigah! It was delicious!
Okay, on to tonight's main attraction, Club Foot!
Holy Guacomole, this place looks perfect!
Bartender Laurie serves up a cold beer as I try to soak up the atmosphere.
Aaron beat me to the bar and is already working on a drink. If you're doing you're math you'll remember Aaron from last night and that he drums with the uber-cool band, The Joans.
And here "Boris" unveils the 365 Bars T-Shirt he designed. They will be available next week, stay tuned! Great work, Daddio!
Here's Abby and Mike, two other former Peorians in the bar.
And here's the entire Abby party, troublemakers one and all!
Just some of the dolls and pop culture knick-knacks on disply at Club Foot.
Here's Juliet, Falshunee (if I spelled your name wrong, feel free to call me a dumbass in the comments, Falshunee, my note's were a little garbled) and Angela. There was a rumor going around that Angela had an ax outside, I don't know how that got started. (Inside joke people.)
And here I am in the middle of the lovely Juliet and Angela doing my best Gomer Pyle impersonation.
You could spend a week in here and not see everything.
Signed Devo memorabilia.
Carolynn and Kyle flash the 365 111 sign.
Great stuff at Club Foot!
T.J. Kati and Craig were hanging out in the back near this cool Cheap Trick poster.
Brad Elvis points to an early poster of one of his first bands, Screams.
That's Brad on the left. Years later, Legs McNeil would add a "Please" to this title and write a best-selling book!
There's a pool table in the back room.
Here's Stephanie and J.P. J.P. is part of Bloodshot Records and is a fan of the 365 site, in fact she knew who I was which was very cool!
Here's Brian and Sam, it was Sam's birthday, Happy Birthday, Sam! Brian is part of Chicago Bike Polo, check it out here: Chicago Bike Polo.
Here's Club Foot owner, Chuck posing in front of one of his favorite displays.
I call this, The Handcuffs minus Ellis. From left, Emily Togni, Chloe F. Orwell and Brad Elvis.
Speaking of the Handcuffs, they're going to be playing live at the Abbey, Saturday, May 15th. Go see them and send me a picture of the show. Okay, I have to fly out early, so I'm hitting the road, goodnight everybody!
Club Foot has been a neighborhood favorite in this neighborhood for 14 years now. If you’re a pop culture fan, prepare to be assaulted on all levels as you enter. Vintage dolls, punk rock pictures and posters and assorted kitschy clap-traps housed behind glassed casings line the walls. Forget the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, this is the real deal. DJ’s spin tunes ranging from rockabilly to punk rock to new wave to various indie bands, there’s a pool table in the back and a pinball machine up front. Who could want for anything more?
There’s a full bar at Club Foot with a good selection of bottled and draft beers and most beers and drinks are under five bucks. There’s a few TV’s, but who wants to watch them when there is so much to look at on the walls and the glass booths. Call to ask about polka night or just stop by for a great time in an attitude-free and fun zone.
Thanks to all of you who met me in Chicago, it was lots of fun and great to see old friends and make new ones on the crawl. Now, it’s back to New Yawk City! Cheers and beers!
1824 W Augusta Blvd (Between Ashland and Damen) Chicago, Illinois