Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gangsters, Strippers, Punkers, Gays & Musicians A History Of The Kerryman

In Chicago's river north neighborhood at the northest corner of Clark and Erie is an Irsh bar by the name of the Kerryman. For more than a century this building has hosted a variety of drinking establishments. The one more or less consistent theme has been music among those who have appeared here are The Dead Kennedy's. The Replacemats,Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and a singing Dion O'Banion. It's been the cities biggest strip club and home to Chicago's first live DJ gay disco.

Below are a couple of then and now photos but to get the full story you'll have to watch the embedded video newly uploaded on out ChiTownView YouTube station.

                                         Photo by Ken Mierzwa

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