Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
Illinois is home to some of the oldest restaurants in the country, dating back as far as 1849. Whether you live in Illinois or are traveling to or through it, checking out some of these historic restaurants are surely something you will want to add to the bucket list. Some of the restaurants on this list have made plenty of updates since opening their doors, but others have taken plenty of care to keep up the original atmosphere and menu.
The Village Tavern is the oldest restaurant in all of Illinois, opening its doors in 1849. Guests will enjoy the overall decor of the restaurant, because although it has been upkept well, not too much has changed decor wise throughout the years. They offer delicious food specials, and live music most nights of the week. History lovers should make it a point to dine at The Village Tavern.
The Green Mill Lounge is a historic jazz club located on the Northside of Chicago. The club opened its doors in 1907, and are still open today, hosting well known and emerging jazz artists from around the country. The Green Mill Lounge has a rich history in Chicago, since it was considered a favorite for infamous Chicago gangsters like Al Capone.
Daley’s Restaurant is one of the oldest establishments on our list, opening in 1892. The original owner was John Daley, an iron worker from Chicago. He built the restaurant with local construction workers in mind, needing a place to get food during their shifts. After a few years, John Daley sold the restaurant to two employees. Since then the restaurant has not changed much over the years and various owners.
This well loved Chicago staple opened in 1934 by owner Billy Sianis, hence the name Billy Goat Tavern. They are known for their freshly made cheeseburgers and other American fried classics. Billy Goat Tavern is located in the ground floor of the historic Tribune Building. Readers that do not live in Chicago might even be familiar with Billy Goat Tavern because it inspired the famous and hilarious ‘Olympia Restaurant’ skit.
Margie’s Candies opened up in the Northside of Chicago in 1921. Back then they offered delicious confections like homemade ice cream sundaes and milkshakes, as well as a vast array of tasty chocolates and candy. Since opening up, Margie’s Candies has added a few more locations throughout Chicago area, further making them a summertime staple.
Lou Mitchell’s is a West Loop staple, often referred to as the local king of breakfast. This restaurant opened in 1923, making it one of the oldest still operating. They offer diner style fare, and are only open from the early morning through lunch service. Travelers on road trips also adore this old school diner for its location at the beginning of Route 66.