Friday, December 16, 2011

Crystal Pistol - Chicago, Illinois

Crystal Pistol - Chicago, Illinois by What Makes The Pie Shops Tick?

1452 N. Wells - Chicago - WH 4-9231
OLD TOWN'S AUTHENTIC WILD WEST SALOON
Western Style Steak, home-made Chili, Steer Berger, Served by Our Pistol Packin Mamas! Featuring Largest Stein in Old Town - 12 oz.
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The Crystal Pistol is long gone, as I expected it to be. Old West Saloons and modern Chicago don't really mix. I did find some interesting stuff. Apparently there used to be go-go dancers in the window. That's pretty damn awesome. I don't know much else. This place must have been the cat's pajamas back in its heyday.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Pie Shop,

    This was my grandfather's place, and I spent many an hour there as a toddler. When I;m in town, I still make sure to eat at the Fireplace Inn, a fav of my grandparents, great baby back ribs, and I pick up chocolates at the the Fudge Pot a few doors down, just like we used to do.

    I recall riding the Great Dane they had to guard the bar at night, like a horse. It was big enough, I was small enough. Gramps probably only had me on the dog for a few seconds at time, but the image sticks in my mind. As do the 'pistol-packin mammas' who worked there, who used to fawn over me. They did a bit of burlesque, and I can remember the lady who danced with the snake!

    Thanks for posting this pic and the pic of the postcard! Brings back great memories!

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  2. another view can be found here...http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/976/196805.jpg

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