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Inner Town Pub Feeling the Pressure

By Laura Oppenheimer in Food on Jun 21, 2007 7:20PM

You know what we think would be pretty dumb? It would be dumb to rent an apartment at Adams and Wabash and then complain to the city that the trains make a loud, rumbling noise. Of course they do; they are trains. Likewise, we somehow can't wrap our minds around how someone would buy a house next to a popular neighborhood bar, and then complain about the bar and try to get it shut down. Yet that is exactly what is happening to the Inner Town Pub.

2007_6_ITP.jpgThe Inner Town Pub in Ukrainian Village is one of Chicagoist's favorite watering holes. It is cheap, friendly, full of awesome decorations, and generally everything this write-up says it is. When we went by there earlier this week, bartenders told us that an angry neighbor is trying to get 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores to shut down the bar.

The primary complaint of the neighbors is that Inner Town over-serves patrons, resulting in some pretty nasty results including ... vomit in their yard ... human feces in their alleyway ... people having sex on their porch ... and the worst of all, bikes chained to their fence! We take the last one back — Chicagoist is certain patrons chained their bikes to the fence before being over-served. Kidding aside, we can't imagine having to deal with all of that. And yet, we didn't purchase a house nine years ago next to a popular bar that has been open since 1983.

When we were there, bartenders were encouraging patrons to sign a petition to be delivered to Flores. If you want to sign it, or read the neighbor's complaint, head over to Inner Town Pub, which is located at 1935 W. Thomas.

Image via the Chicago Bar Project.