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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

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

St Pat’s

March 6th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “St Pat’s”




Why aren’t you spending St Patrick’s at Butch’s? In a kilt?

Open at 8am.  Pre-parade breakfast buffet. Green beer.

Since these people are probably doctors or high powered attorney’s we have blocked out their faces so they can retain their status. You are welcome!

A Toast To Harry!

February 15th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “A Toast To Harry!”














Celebrate the legends and hoist your glass!   …speaking of glasses…



Winter Ski Lodge Party The Olympic Edition!

January 11th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Winter Ski Lodge Party The Olympic Edition!”

It’s the 3rd annual Retro Ski Lodge Block Party!
Nestled in Chicago’s esteemed Gold Coast, is a winter block party soon to take storm! All participating venues will open doors at 10am, Saturday February 10th for a retro ski-lodge meets Winter Olympic themed bash, guaranteed not to miss. The 2018 Winter Olympic Games open events the same day… so there is no better “festive” viewing party around!
General Admission (Olympic Village) Tickets are only  $10 BUY them here!
and will include:
Admission at all Venues, One Drink Voucher to be used on the crawl, Wild Festive Groups ready to Party, DJ and Olympic Watching Entertainment, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Access to Drink Specials, Shot Skis, Yeti Sightings & More.

The first 500 patrons to show will receive Free Retro Ski Lodge Sunglasses.

All guests must have a ticket to enter.  It is strongly encouraged to dress and be prepared for a wild time.  Expert partiers preferred.  Neon, spandex, goggles, ear muffs, leg warmers, and Olympic attire welcome.  Please watch out for Yeti sightings and extreme fun.

For All Group Accommodations or Event Inquiries,
Please Contact:
312.579.3635 / nick@greencurtainevents.com

The magnetic forces of earth celebrate with the color green

January 10th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The magnetic forces of earth celebrate with the color green”

In order to allow our fantastic Butch’s staff some rest and relaxation and a chance to take in the beauty of the world, we will be opening at 10 for brunch on Saturdays until May. Of course St. Patricks day will be THE exception!

January 2018

January 4th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “January 2018”

The new year is here! Happy 2018 everyone, and good riddance 2017!

We have some exciting things in store for January!

Starting January 8th SPECIALS ARE BACK! Including our famous “McGuire Mondays”. Resolutions shmesolutions, time for a half rack of Chicago style ribs for just $10 bucks!

Steve Jobs once said “Fail fast, fail often”… so we are here to help you be more like Steve Jobs and fail that new diet with $5 Modelo pints, and $5.5 Basil Hayden Whiskey. Who knows… you may invent the next iPod right here over a beer & shot!

TRIVIA starts back up on the 9th. Come test your knowledge and win and fun prizes.

Don’t forget, we are open for brunch every weekend at 10 am. It’s the perfect place to get a head start on your week!

Huge thanks to all our loyal fans who made the holidays bright by helping us help the Mercy Home for Kids with our limited edition Butch Ornaments (still available by the way), and by donating toiletries for our drive. You guys rock!



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