What’s With The Decorations?

October 18th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “What’s With The Decorations?”

In the late 1960’s, Butch McGuire purchased all the old window decorations from Goldblatt’s department store.

At first, the employees used a great combination of intoxicated-creative minds and ladders (not always the best combination) to decorate the bar. The real magic and tradition began when a group of Chicago Firefighters volunteered their time and creativity. It was their idea to hang the decorations from the ceiling in order to conserve space around the bar.

Eventually, after 30 years, the artificial garland began to deteriorate and the 10lbs/foot of decoration were no longer easy to hang. A few of Butch’s friends suggested lights and a train and everything began to take shape.

Butch was instrumental in starting “Santa Claus Anonymous” to ensure kids had warm clothing and holiday cheer. While Santa Claus Anonymous is no longer around, Bobby, Butch’s son, continues to focus his efforts on the Chicago Mercy Home for Boys and Girls to help kids in need. Every train you see running above your head at Butch McGuire’s today is sponsored with generous donations to Mercy Home.

So far this year, we have already raised over $18,000 from train sponsors alone! Thank you to all our generous friends & customers for helping us continue to give back!

9th Annual Toiletry Drive
The month of December we will be collecting toiletries for the kids at Mercy Home. They need everything from toothpaste and deodorant to barrettes and body spray (basically, everything a teenager needs to feel like they can succeed daily). Every day, there are hundreds of kids who get ready for school at Mercy Home and they can use some help tackling the day.

Take the Butch McGuire’s Holiday Spirit home with you. Ornaments are only $12 each (2 for $20), and all proceeds benefit the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

That’s a lot of giving back, and that’s what the season is all about!


The Holidays are coming!

October 12th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Holidays are coming!”



Share the spirit of Christmas.

Help us collect toiletries for some of Chicago’s kids in need!

Eddie Carr

June 25th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Eddie Carr”
The McGuire family, staff and friends are morning the loss of longtime friend and our Artist in Residence, Edward J Carr.
     Eddie has been a loved and respected member of the McGuire Family for the past 40 years. He was hired by Butch after he came out of the Navy back in 1978. Eddie wore many hats over the years, Doorman, Bartender, General Manager, Friend, but he is best known for his work as our Artist in Residence. Eddie was responsible for all of the wonderful decorations that have come to signify Butch McGuire’s. All of our Christmas, St. Pat’s, and Music Room decorations were made by hand, in house. The hands that made them where Eddies. I am saddened by the loss of my friend and I will miss him very much. I find as I write this that I am also filled with a tremendous amount of gratitude for the time I had with him.
Thank You for all your prayers and support.
Bobby McGuire

80’s Brunch!

June 8th, 2018 Posted by Weekly Events 0 thoughts on “80’s Brunch!”

Ratt up your hair, roll up your jeans and solve that Rubix cube… it’s Saturday and it’s time for Butch McGuires latest sensation, the 80’s Brunch!

Enjoy some throwback specials, set to the tune of your favorite 80s jams of every genre. Including:

Amaretto Sour $6
The Brooke Shields $6
The Woo-woo $6
Allagash Drafts $5.50
Jack Fire shots $5.50
pizza til 1am…open til 5am

So c’mon feel the noise, 80’s rocks at Butch McGuires 80’s Brunch!

Moms & McGuire’s

May 10th, 2018 Posted by Events 0 thoughts on “Moms & McGuire’s”

Your mother…

She’s the reason you are alive! Mom is such a special person to all of us, especially to Butch McGuire’s! We are a family owned and operated business after all! That’s why we are pulling out all the stops, and helping you create one piece of a special Mother’s Day experience, the most important part… Mother’s Day BRUNCH!

Come and enjoy some quality with your momma at a place you both love! We have some enticing incentives for ya:

Let’s start with the big one – 30% OFF YOUR ENTIRE BILL!
That’s correct. You heard us right. Order that extra mimosa for Ma… we got you.

Also on the menu, Frittata of the day – with a side salad $12
Our world famous Eggs Benedict with spinach and tomato & roasted red pepper hollandaise sauce $13
Some delicious Banana Walnut French Toast $12
Finish it off with some Vanilla Ice Cream with fried tortilla strips dusted with sugar and cinnamon $6

Division Street Farmers Market Opens May 12 – Bloody Mary Shortage Imminent

May 5th, 2018 Posted by Events 0 thoughts on “Division Street Farmers Market Opens May 12 – Bloody Mary Shortage Imminent”

Time to take part in that annual Chicago tradition of getting the BEST produce, flowers, honey, and whatnots at your local Farmers Market. The Division Street Farmers Market is 2 blocks long and happens to be the best in the city. Number one reason why? Because it happens on the doorstep of the best bloody mary makers in Chicago…. We’re not saying who that is… but… you know.

Starting, May 12th in conjunction with the outdoor market Butch McGuire’s will be opening doors at 8am on Saturdays.

Go grab yourself a fresh cucumber and pop it right into your bloody mary!

Thank You for Helping Us Support the Bauers

May 4th, 2018 Posted by Events 0 thoughts on “Thank You for Helping Us Support the Bauers”

We wish to express a deep, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our Butch McGuire’s family who turned out, donated, ate and drank for a great cause. With your help, we were able to raise about $5,600.00 to directly benefit the family of fallen hero Commander Paul Bauer.

We were honored to be in a position to organize this fundraiser, and are proud of the generous support it received.

Thanks again!

Caddyshack Pub Crawl to Benefit Special Olympics

April 5th, 2018 Posted by Events 0 thoughts on “Caddyshack Pub Crawl to Benefit Special Olympics”

2018 will mark the 13th Annual YPB Pub Crawl. Butch McGuire’s is a proud participant!

The pub-crawl raises funds for Special Olympics Illinois through admissions and prizes while featuring local bars in our great Chicago neighborhoods.

Please bring a copy of your Eventbrite e-ticket to any of the bars to pick up your wristband and raffle tickets. This location will also have a list of names for those who pre-registered. You can also buy tickets at the door of any of the bars.

This year’s bars are:

  • Shenannigans: 1-2pm
  • Mother’s Too: 2-3pm
  • Butch McGuire’s: 3-5pm
  • The Lodge: 5-6pm
  • Hopsmith: 6-7pm

$25 admission includes 3 raffle tickets. Each pub crawl guest will also enjoy a complimentary slice of delicious pizza at Georgio’s on Division.

For more information visit the event page on the Special Olympics website here.

Questions contact: kmclaughlin@soill.org.

Commander Paul Bauer Fundraiser

April 5th, 2018 Posted by Events 0 thoughts on “Commander Paul Bauer Fundraiser”

On February 13th, 2018 Chicago lost a hero, we lost a friend and community partner, and most tragically a family lost a father and husband. Commander Paul Bauer was killed in the line of duty while protecting our city. He was a person we knew personally from many community meetings held at or nearby Butch’s. We hope you will join us on May 3rd as we honor his memory, and raise funds for his family.

Tickets are $30, and include 2 drink tickets.
Light appetizers will be available at no additional charge.
A raffle will be held.
Donations are most welcome.

All Proceeds Will Benefit the Family of Commander Paul Bauer

Update: Special thanks to our friends, neighbors and local businesses who generously donated these fantastic prizes:

  • Gibsons – $150 gift card
  • Marios table – 2x $100 gift cards
  • Kitch Fix – $50 card
  • Chicago Health store (on maple) – gift basket worth $75 and 2x $20 gift cards
  • Tea Gschwender – nice basket with teapot and tea
  • Maple and Ash- dinner for two plus wine pairings $450 value
  • STK- tasing menu for two $300 value
  • EFP Opticians on Dearborn- $100 gift card and gift basket
  • Lou Malnati’s- $50 gift card
  • Dublin’s – $50 gift card
  • Lagunitas Brewery – gift basket and $50 gift card
  • Deerfield Ranch Winery – 2 bottles nice red wine
  • Chicago Q – gift card

Team sponsorship

March 21st, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Team sponsorship”

Looking for team sponsorship? We can do it!

In consideration for sponsorship all teams will provide the following.
• A complete team roster
• Return to eat and drink at Butch McGuire’s with at least half the team.
• Bring your sponsor card which will be provided to receive the team discount.
In return Butch McGuire’s will provide:
• A green Butch McGuire’s T-shirt for the entire roster. (up to 15 for football, softball, soccer, and hockey, up to 10 for volleyball and basketball)
• A team sponsor card; the card is good for ½ off appetizers on game days only and $10 domestic pitchers for any visit at Butch’s during your season.

email us events@butchmcguires.com


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Sat: 8am - 5am
Sun: 10am - 4am

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