The retro lover’s retro

The Green Mill, on Broadway near Lawrence.

When you step inside the Green Mill there is a dark bar backed by bottles, and it gives the place the look of an old-fashioned corner tavern. But it’s more retro than that.

There are mini-sized booths that I suppose people once fit in comfortably, but now look like play-scale furniture. And a real juke box with real records. But it’s more retro than that.

There are old-school cash registers, six-pound dial phones and a Men’s Room four feet wide and twelve feet long, big enough for a sink, two urinals and one toilet. With graffiti. It’s way more retro than that.

The Green Mill is so retro that when Hollywood made a picture in 1957 called The Joker Is Wild, its star Francis Albert Sinatra wanted to see the retro club that the movie was based on. So he stopped in for a drink.

The Green Mill isn’t Rat Pack retro. The Green Mill is Roaring Twenties Jazz Club retro.

Capone came here. Though the club was in enemy territory, Capone was a jazz fan, and all the jazz fans came to the Green Mill. So he brought extra bodyguards.

The Green Mill still features a jazz line-up, most nights starting at 9. It also features poetry slams and a few others nods to the Fifties. Like the phones and the jukebox.

The Green Mill is at 4802 N. Broadway near the Aragon Ballroom and the Riviera Theater, about a mile from US 41 in two different directions, because 41 follows Lake Shore Drive, about a mile east of The Green Mill, and then turns and follows Foster Ave. about a mile north of The Green Mill.

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