Schaller's Pump

Historic Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar
Schaller's Pump Schaller's Pump in Chicago's Bridgeport is the oldest bar in Chicago, home of Sox fans & lots of friendly drinkers. Pull up a seat in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.827182 -87.6461403
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Schaller's Pump - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review A sports bar, a politician’s hangout, a place for home-cooked grub, and a friendly neighborhood dive all coexist at Schaller’s Pump, and have for longer than at any other watering hole in town. Established in 1881, the... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

    Bridgeport
  • Address:

    3714 South Halsted Street
    Chicago, IL 60609

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  • Train:

    Red Line: Sox-35th

  • Phone:

    773-376-6332

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa 4pm–3am, Su 3pm–2am
    Venue may close at midnight on slow nights
    Kitchen closes at 10pm on Fridays, 9pm all other days

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Schaller's Pump Review

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Schaller's Pump in Chicago's Bridgeport is the oldest bar in Chicago, home of Sox fans & lots of friendly drinkers. Pull up a seat in Chicago with Party Earth.

A sports bar, a politician’s hangout, a place for home-cooked grub, and a friendly neighborhood dive all coexist at Schaller’s Pump, and have for longer than at any other watering hole in town.

Established in 1881, the joint survived prohibition as a speakeasy, was the favored drinking den of five Chicago mayors (and counting), and used to abut the Ambrosia Brewery until that got torn down in the 50s, leaving a huge lot that remains empty to this day.

A few blocks from U.S. Cellular Field, the bar is utterly devoted to the Sox, with limited décor save for the team paraphernalia that plasters the walls – including a diagram of the field with patrons’ smiling photos pasted across it – and is packed with feisty locals whenever the game is on.

Other days, the Pump is normally just a chill neighborhood hangout. Far from a raging party, all sorts still drop in to experience the famously friendly vibe, nosh on Irish-American comfort food, and listen to stereotypical South Side Chicagoans talk about future prospects for “Da Bears.”

After all this time, the pub remains family owned, with the elderly patriarch – a tiny man with a perpetual smile – hanging out until late and telling patrons “I’ll see ya in church!” as they depart.

A Chicago classic, Schaller’s Pump is the sort of bar that’s cool specifically because it really isn’t – the sort of bar someone would take grandma to…

…unless she’s a Cubs fan.

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Tip from Emma:

If you look carefully, you can see that there’s still a prohibition-era peephole on the South wall door, put there for catching any of the fuzz about to break up the joint, see?

  • Crowd

    Sox fans, blue-collar locals, history-minded tourists and Chicagoans from other parts of town, neighborhood cops, friendly Irish-American old-timers, late 20s to knock knock knocking on heaven’s dooooor.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional live music from neighborhood bands.

    Several TVs mostly tuned to the game.

    Electronic jukebox mostly tuned off.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional Irish-American fare like corned beef sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and the signature prime butt steak.

    Free parking in adjoining lot.

    Cash only.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $1.50–$3.50, soups/sandwiches $3–$7, entrées $6–$10. Beer $3–$4, mixed drinks $4–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: work jeans, baseball jerseys, polos, lots of denim, simple blouses, old-style fashions the wearer doesn’t realize are old, nothing flashy.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During a Sox game, when patrons huddle together in solemn solidarity and belt out that well-known South Side proclamation that they’ve got two favorite teams: “The go-go White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!”

  • Close By

    Shinnick's Pub (3758 South Union Avenue) is a popular Irish dive located in a building almost as old as Schaller’s.

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