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The first Chicago bar I drank in was the Old Town Ale House. That bar was destroyed by fire in the 1960s, and the Ale House moved directly across the street to its present location, where it has been named Chicago's Best Dive Bar--by the Chicago Triune, I think.

I returned to the North Avenue drinking scene on New Year's Eve 1966, opening night of the legendary O'Rourke's, two blocks directly west. Its last call was 2 a.m. The Ale House had a 4 a.m. license, so many of us walked down the street to continue.

The bar was owned by Name and her husband Art Klug, who really did look like Paul Newman. Art was a movie fan so obsessed it was slightly alarming. The Ale House ambiance made an ideal outpost for Bruce Elliott, the left wing unemployed-by-choice gadfly and neighborhood social spy. Art died. Then Name grew ill, »

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