The Seeley Street Pub

A place to have a cold beer, a few shots, and a small frozen pizza. Just throw the peanuts shells on the floor; the beer wench will clean them up later.

Remember that “Anything worth doing, is worth doing in excess. Moderation is for monks!”
(or Janis).

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207 Responses to The Seeley Street Pub

  1. PattiB PattiB says:

    Richard is building his own Great Wall of China or the Weird Wall of Waco. I think he’s backed himself into a corner!

  2. PattiB PattiB says:

    Richard is designing his man cave…can’t wait to see what that looks like! Susie is lounging in her living room(complete with sand) watching Key West movies in her fun pants and a drink in her hand. I’m communing with nature(aka walking down the road with a drink in my hand). Chris and Mike are admiring their new van and Ludy and Mari Guin are sampling the myriad of take-out establishments in their neighborhood. What is everyone else doing? Or more to the point where is everyone else?

  3. PattiB PattiB says:

    Sorry for being gone so long…I was laying in supplies, and by supplies I mean wine, for the impending end of the world. Dan’s up north building the bunker!! Hope all are well. Thank god G & L tavern is still open so I can walk over for some drinks and adult conversation, though now the bar stools are the socially responsible distance apart. They also eliminated the communal popcorn machine, but otherwise they’re still dispensing alcohol and sage advice!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Mari Guin saw Judy Lombardo at the liquor store so they’re accounted for. I think Ludy and Mari Guin May need to open the party garage early this year.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Hope everyone is surviving the COVID 19 quarantine. Having a social distancing party in the back yard with Susie, Ludy, Mari and Cousin Sue. We’ll have the lawn chairs 6 feet apart and only one person at a time is allowed at the bar I have set up in the yard! We’re ordering in sandwiches. Plenty of TP and hand sanitizer or you we can hose everyone down before they go home.

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Just read State of Illinois has issued a “Stay At Home” Order; We WISCONSINITES have been telling you this for years!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Nobody Home Here?; Don’t Have The Time?

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        I’m trying to stay in touch with people but so many of them just want to talk about THE VIRUS.
        I’m just going to hang with my friend Mary. Bloody Mary.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          I know! People and those fads!

        • avatar Richard says:

          What virus? In Texas, it is fake news… so.. to change the subject..

          How did Sue manage to drop her phone in her Bloody Mary then cook it in her rice? The phone.. not the Bloody Mary.. hey.. maybe Bloody Mary and rice would be an interesting combo.. with a cold beer..

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Back from the cabin ( and no Jim they didn’t stop us at the border). Have my infusion on Monday and then we will head back to the beautiful Northwoods on Tuesday. We had snow last week and they even had to plow the road. Of course we had already taken our snow blower to the storage shed so it was old-fashioned hand shoveling for us. Of course it was 55 degrees when we left today so hopefully all the snow will be melted by the time we get back. All the ice is off the lake and I heard the loons this morning…and I am not talking about Dan or my sister. Alcohol consumption is up and I’m blaming it on the virus…it has to be good for something! Stay well and start planning that super blowout party when this thing is over.

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Patti- I told Gov. Evers to build an effin’ wall. Hope you are doing well… My wife has me on strict lock down. Gloves and bandanas in public…Put the incoming mail in a bucket of bleach….strip down upon returning from “outside”. Don’t breathe….other than that, everything is effing dandy….

          • avatar Richard says:

            Walls… did you say walls… Texas gotta a wall… wanta buy it? Has the government started the Canadian wall and moved in troops yes? Need to keep up with the goin-ons of those in the frozen north..

            No government subsidies for me yet for my walls ..


          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Richard- Didn’t Pink Floyd inspire your construction?

          • avatar Richard says:

            Definitely… now if I can get Gilmore to add another brick…

  4. PattiB PattiB says:

    A very happy birthday, Janis! Sue, Mary and I will be celebrating with your at Cooper’s Hawk in Naperville. Wish you could be there!

  5. PattiB PattiB says:

    Happy Milestone Birthday, Ralphie…Sue and I moved your car!

  6. avatar Richard says:

    Ten days to Christmas… mid 70s … 14 knot wind.. cold beer.. all is good..


    • Sue B Sue B says:

      10 days til Christmas. 26 degrees. Bloody Marys and great friends. All is good here too.

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        7 days til Hannukah and Winter. 24 degrees. 99 bottles of beer on the wall. Good.

      • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

        Dear friends,

        Another great house gone. My nephew Peter (Pete’s son, Re-Pete) is installing the gas on what was the Brown house, now re-built, at 3309 N. Seeley. (Petey works for the Gas Company, not with the Murphys or Podgornys.) A sad FYI, but tempora mutant, nos et in enim mutamur. (Times change and we must change with them.)

        PS I used to have whiskey with Joe and Ruth on New Year’s Day, to welcome the New Year, so the memory of the house or them will never be lost on me.

        Love to all.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Richard and I drove down Seeley late one night when he was in town last month and we saw the new construction. I have good memories of the Brown home as well, dancing in the basement, Brown’s beach,

          • Mary B Mary B says:

            We also have seen the tear down and rebuild of my childhood home. A lot of people don’t know this but my ma, Ruthie, was born in the house and died in the house. It was very very sad to see them tear it down. Just glad my Dad wasn’t there to see it. Now 3307 is going through a gut renovation. The new owner had the property rezoned so he could tear down the Coach house and put up a garage. They are also making the 2 Flat into a single family dwelling. It really is a sign of the times, however we all have many happy memories of my house and family and friends being the recipients of the love of my ma and Dad for everyone who came in the door. May they both Rest In Peace now.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Just to add: A couple seasons ago, I met my sons and grandsons at Wrigley for a game. After which, we were returning to Baraboo, which meant yours truly(ME!) wasn’t going to drink. After a couple hours of post-game drinking at my niece’s bar on Clark, I was navigating a way back to the Kennedy. I saw ‘Cornelia’ hooked a left, and figured I would show the gang my boyhood home. Ready to point it out, it was/is a vacant lot. Proceeding West on Cornelia , I was able to share Audubon & Lane Tech. I also noticed Brenner’s house is gone as well. You know what…we all fled the neighborhood for various reasons, and imagine the stories of people who lived in WWII Europe….going home again is in the mind.

  7. PattiB PattiB says:

    Sorry to disappoint Richard, but I still have all my hair though it does have a bit of gray showing…if I shave my head will you shave yours?

  8. avatar Richard says:

    Forgot and finally uploaded the LudyPalooza Weekend photos to the photo gallery..

  9. PattiB PattiB says:

    Happy birthday, dear Cheryl…friends since Kindergarten! Hope you had a great day and hope to see you as we celebrate all the February birthdays (including Sue and my own) at Barnaby’s on the 28th!

  10. PattiB PattiB says:

    First real snow of the winter and I’m hunkered down by the fire with a wine (or two) listening to the Righteous Brothers…life is good!

  11. avatar Richard says:

    A fun time at the Biergarten… the HB was most excellent…


    • Sue B Sue B says:

      I like the Spotted Cow from New Glarus. Apparently we can’t buy it outside Wisconsin but Patti and I are planning a day trip to Bohners Lake. Or Ludy and Mari Guin can do a beer run for me next time they visit Barbara Ann!

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      FYI all.

      Joe Metz died suddenly this past week. Information at
      Joe’s paintings still hang in the corridors of Audubon. His front yard is decorated with many of his sculptures and carvings. I used to see him a couple times a year in the past twenty. He still lived on the southeast corner of Hoyne and Cornelia.
      Alas, one less artist among us. Sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings.

      I will miss him because as kids we both spoke foreign languages better than we spoke English.

      • avatar Janis says:

        Thank you for telling us Carlo! I am a fan of his work and although he received recognition, I feel he deserves more. Let’s see if I can post my favorite painting.

  12. PattiB PattiB says:


  13. avatar Richard says:

    The Benker Sisters do Cape Cod on the Love Boat
    Be Afraid…. Very Afraid


    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Benker Babes take on the East Coast…the Jersey Shore Girls have nothing on these Midwestern beauties!

      Now, Susie, Cousin Sue and Birgit leave for Put-In-Bay for a week of debauchery…Ohio will never be the same! Have a fun time ladies!

  14. PattiB PattiB says:

    Having a great visit with Ellen and Tom…Lots of liquor flowing, especially at Saturday’s party which included a Bloody Mary Bar, Martini/G & T station, Wine Bar, Beer Bar, Whiskey Room and a Mimosa Station…fun times but we missed many of the old group and hope to see you at the next Ludypalozza (fingers crossed that it is a go) in September!

  15. PattiB PattiB says:

    Nice evening out celebrating Richard’s successful eye surgery, Bartz’s elbow surgery and Sue and my anatomy enhancement or reduction surgeries at Laschet’s. We talked about all of you with much love!

  16. PattiB PattiB says:

    Help Richard, I can’t access any music…what am I doing wrong…Dan is seeking your help as he is tired of me recreating these playlists with my own lovely voice…you can e-mail me your snide comments and instructions!!!!

    • avatar Richard says:

      I’m sure he can figure it out.. after all, unlike you, he can use a smartphone.. you are still trying to figure out how to get text off that 1960 rotary phone you use… and quit harassing Dan about not getting any reception on it while in the car…

  17. PattiB PattiB says:

    Wanted to let everyone know that Ellen’s husband, Tom, is doing well after prostate surgery. Ellen is nursing him back to health so Tom’s recovery is on a fast track. Must be the year for prostate stuff…glad that our Commodore Bill is doing well. My better half, (I can hear a collective, Yes he is!) is 5 years prostate cancer free.
    Hope to enjoy some time together with Ellen and Tom in April.

  18. avatar Richard says:

    Birthday Apologizes… My auto posting program messed up and didn’t post the birthdays.. I could see them, but no one else could…

  19. PattiB PattiB says:

    You just never know who you will run into in the old neighborhood. Went to Man-Jo-Vins and had lunch with Stormy Meyers and Larry Williams! They were in visiting Joe Brown. Nice to share stories about Flash Gordon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, David Bowie, The Brown Family and of course, Man-Jo-Vins…it was an eclectic conversation!

  20. PattiB PattiB says:

    Taste of Cuba was a hit! Loved the food and company…the owner was a Lakeview grad (several years younger) who lived around Belmont and Sheridan, back in the day. We discussed the old neighborhood and going to the Fullerton rocks. Susie, Betsey Callahan from Schurz, sister Kathy, Cousin 2 of 79, Cheryl and Chris were in attendance. Did Cousin Sue sent you the picture, Richard? Next time we visit, the owner is going to sit and drink with us. Party continued at Bar Louie where we just made it for “Happy Hour” with beers, G & T’s and Cheryl and Cousin Sue splitting a bottle of wine! Next gathering is on July 27th (almost Susie and my birthday) at Cheryl’s house…come one come all!

    • avatar Richard says:

      cousin 2 of 79 indeed did send.. been behind since I had to get a new iPad and apple ios, as normal, broke the mail server.. my isp was not happy.. but they got it all redone to satisfy apple.. will post all the photos today..

  21. avatar Richard says:

    Congratulations to Captains Bill’s First Place finish in the 2017 Chicago NOOD this weekend…

  22. PattiB PattiB says:

    Want to wish Susie, Birgit and Cousin #2 of 79 a great time in Key West! Take pictures, drink lots of Bloody Mary’s and say hi to Miss V! Dan and I will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in NOLA at the same time with Tom and Ellen…we will be drinking Hurricanes…can’t promise any pictures!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      My daughter Annie was recently in New Orleans. She showed me a drink menu. The one that intrigued me was “that bitch Katrina”. She also brought me a can of Cafe du Monde. Delicious, but I’m off to my Cuban Coffee Queen and the Key West Rum Distillery. Fun to all!

  23. avatar Richard says:

    Rumour has it that Patti has crawled out from under the water heater after a winter of hibernation and is choking down fresh raw meat in anticipation of another 9 months of stealing birthdays..

    • avatar Janis says:

      When I was playing with your calendar, I almost added the names “Patti” and “Sue” to every single birthday event, but then I thought, naaaaw, we already know they celebrate those days with us! 🙂

    • avatar Janis says:

      Sorry for the second post but just saw the Galactic Defender & Aquatron commercial (it wouldn’t load in the space till I clicked on it so I almost missed it!) Why were toys cooler then?

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      I’M BACK! Rough Feb. and March but I am back to welcome in spring! Great time at Brauhaus…Richard I went sans wine and had several Julius Eichter’s…now setting up a Mexican Fiesta with Cheryl for Cinco de Mayo (or however you spell it)! Going to celebrate May Day with a little vodka, as well! Pickled Liver Day will be celebrated with a beverage of choice!!!! Wilhelm Bartz…when is choir practice? It is 79 degrees out and I’m on Spring Break!!! Also, party at Benker’s new pad…no one will get kicked out…she’s the landlord!!!!!!!

      • avatar Richard says:

        Sue may disgust herself so much, she just might kick herself out.. no problem.. more booze for us..

      • avatar Richard says:

        Take photographic proof.. and send it..

      • avatar Janis says:

        Patti! Sorry to hear you have a rough Feb and March 🙁 Did you have bronchitis? There was so much of that going around this spring. Happy to hear you have celebration plans and are out and about again! 😀

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Party at Benker’s was a Mia Mimosa Party for Mia’s college graduation. The elder statesmen behaved themselves but the guest of honor broke her champagne glass and was wiping up champagne and wringing it out into a Solo cup when I left!

        Richard can you post a Celebration with Cheryl on Thursday, May 11th at Don Juan’s in Edison Park at 5:15 PM. Margarita’s and Sombrero’s for everyone! We want to get as many people as possible to come out because Cheryl is like the groundhog…she only pops her head out on rare occasions and then disappears for another 6 weeks! She knows I am giving her shit about it so it is all good.

        Also, I know you told me once but when are you free in August? Starting to plan the August shindig at Patti’s Party Palace and need the dates you can come in. You can e-mail me the info. If you need a place to crash, Goose Island John as an extra room!

        • avatar Richard says:

          You are now an official Seeley Street event…
          I put a google map link, webpage and their YouTube commercial..
          Also, two blocks from Edison Park train stop..

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Great time drinking margaritas with Cheryl, sister Kathy, Sue, Bonnie and Schurz friend, Betsey Callahan! We are trying to make this a monthly gathering for anyone who can join us. Next outing is Thursday, June 22nd at “Taste of Cuba” on Touhy and Caldwell for mojito’s…be there, comrades!

  24. avatar Janis says:

    Pic of the day is majorly cool, and I had no idea this exhibit existed, let alone is coming to Chicago! I am definitely going to see it! I also hope the museum finds a way to let kids who can’t afford the exhibit, to view it.

    • avatar Richard says:


      This year, not only can you see real dinosaur fossils inside The Field Museum, you’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals in Jurassic World: The Exhibition.

      Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.

      Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.

      Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.

      Don’t miss the awe-inspiring journey into Jurassic World: The Exhibition. The Field Museum hosts the Midwest debut of the exhibition starting May 26, 2017.

  25. avatar Janis says:

    Just saw Exhibitionism, the Rolling Stones exhibit and experience here in NYC. Lots of cool things, original art, (early sketches and final works by Warhohl, among others) funny Q & A sheets filled out when they were first dealing with the press. Saw the ’57 Les Paul that Keith painted when he was facing jail time. He was on acid, had the paint sticks and painted his white boots first then did his guitar. Lots of other guitars, including an acoustic Gibson that some of the country sounding songs were written on. An epiphone guitar that Keith said had too much reverb. Early Vox amp Keith used when they were starting out that he had a nickname for, the golden something. Saw original lyrics sheets, (“Missed You” had something like “I’ve been holding on so long, so I’m writing you this song….” the latter part of which obviously didn’t make the final draft.) Sound boards, original mixes of the music, notes and mockups for the stage design (last saw the Voodoo Lounge tour, 1994 so seeing all the prep for that was fun!) All the costumes throughout the years displayed on mannequins, videos and audio running everywhere, and a series of tiny little notebooks that Keith wrote in to critique their rehearsals and notes on who he hoped would drop in on the next one. This is coming to Chicago in April for the streeters who are interested. PS Groupon offers money off, and I am sure they will do the same thing for the Chicago show, so watch for it! So far now, Paul and I have been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (on the site of Woodstock 1969), Rick Nielsen’s “Rick’s Picks” museum in Rockford, IL, and today, the Stones.

  26. PattiB PattiB says:

    Happy to announce that son, John’s brewing skills have finally turned into a money making venture…just hired by the Goose Island Brewery as an assistant brew master! Field trip…

  27. avatar Richard says:

    Old Belmont Trolley

    Newer Trolley

    The Bus

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      I wrote that newer trolley on Belmont before they tore up the tracks and then on occasion I would take the bus home from St. Luke (not often). Usually walked home down Lincoln to Melrose…if we had money we would walk down Belmont and stop at the penny candy store!

  28. avatar Richard says:

    The Lincoln Park spot

  29. avatar Richard says:

    We all remember this day ..


    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Gary Lauer and I made like 8 bucks pushing cars out of snow banks.

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      And, the schools just released you to go home…didn’t matter if you lived 6 blocks away and had to walk in the blizzard…there’d be a lawsuit if you did that today.
      Remember my Uncle Orville(Beth’s dad) shoveling out parking spaces for his car and one for my dad who was on the way home. Of course, they held the spot with some old wooden horses that someone in the neighborhood moved and parked there…Uncle Orville and my dad buried the car and then took the hose and poured water on it so it froze…sorry, it is the Chicago way!

      • avatar Richard says:

        Just think if you had to walk to high school…

        I true Chicagoan wouldn’t have buried the car in snow.. to much work… a tire iron to the windows would be been easier…

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Richard, your ‘walk’ statement? Are you being facetious?

          • avatar Richard says:

            No way.. we had to walk 9 blocks to Lane and then the reverse trek.. it was a grueling arctic adventure froth with peril.. the drop offs from households keeping with with the shoveling.. the dangerous snowball attacks from the indigenous population.. waist deep snow.. and no shepa to carry the books or make a path…. the horror of it..

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Love their style!

  30. avatar Richard says:

    A photo from the 50s and 60s… can you identify it?


  31. PattiB PattiB says:

    Back from my visit to Portland and “Adventures with Ellen”! We basically ate and drank the entire week…drove to the coast for some fresh salmon and drinks, then a trip on a paddle boat down the Willamette River where we met a lovely babooshka from Russia and ate breakfast and lunch and then drinks by the pool before dinner, a trip to the winery where Tom and Ellen are charter members was wonderful…very Tuscany…then back for a lovely dinner at La Province and more drinks…a get together with Ellen’s condo neighbors (she knows Everyone) for more drinks and dinner, and an Agatha Christie marathon back at the condo with, you guessed it, more food and drinks. Of course there were a lot of laughs, memories and a pledge to get together again for a destination vacation together. Ellen and Tom send their love to all and can’t wait to have a Seeley reunion out west…maybe in Vegas!

  32. avatar Richard says:

    Added lost footage of the Herman Hermits Concert found on Birgit’s phone (do these females ever delete stuff)

    Added addition photos to the Ludypalooza Album now that I have my photo editing stuff. Includes the rest of the week activities.

  33. avatar Richard says:

    Added additional events to the calendar for July and August..

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Here’s the deal. The band Chicago is playing in Madison, WI Tuesday night 8/16. My “date” is in California, so I have one gratis $100 ticket to the show. The upside and downside is one will have to spend that time with yours truly.

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Richard…in preparation for our “All Chicago” Ludypalozza could you please download the Cryan Shames Up on the Roof and Could be we’re in Love along with any of the New Colony Six tunes that you haven’t already posted on the site. thanks and see you on Saturday…are you drinking beer or gin and tonics…after all it is summer!!!!

  34. avatar Richard says:

    Have updated the calendar to be more user friendly and can give more detailed information about all planned events.

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Thanks Richard…I need constant reminders…please place my doctor and hair appts on the calendar…I’ll give you a list! Bar dates are covered…Sunday through Saturday!!!

      • avatar Richard says:

        If you go to the calendar and click on an EVENT, it brings up more detail on the event… if you want even more detail click on “read more”, and times, addresses, websites, and even a google map appear… try it for Ludypallooza…

        When an event is past, it is shaded out and some of the detail is eliminated.. try Janis’ Pizza Party..

        Also, if I need to add any birthdays or correct, let me know.. or any events planned.. like a Sue inviting her friends to Bloody Mary Services…

  35. avatar Richard says:

    Since Sue is getting close to retirement age and her offspring are concerned with her permanent care, options were considered:

    1. A part time career as a superhero who fights beer crimes at night (Zythology Girl with a great crime fighting costume)

    2. The full time retirement job with complete care including health, room and board..


  36. avatar Janis says:

    Cute to put up the tee shirt pic for Ludypalooza!

  37. avatar Janis says:

    Happy Father’s Day to the fathers of Seeley! Salut!

  38. PattiB PattiB says:

    Hey Richard, Can you please post a video of the Smokey Robinson episode at “Live at Darryl’s House” where Smokey and Darryl sing Sara Smile and Ooh, Baby, Baby and I’ve been Good to You as an early birthday present to me? It just makes me smile!!!

  39. avatar Richard says:

    After much trial error I found an easy and delicious way to prepare tofu..

    1. Throw it in the trash
    2. Cook meat instead

  40. PattiB PattiB says:

    Great Thursday outing to O’Donovan’s (formerly Schulien’s) on Irving Park with Susie B, my sister, Kathy and cousins #1 and #2 of 79! It was a fund raiser for a pet rescue and both cousin #2 and Susie B won some wine…then back to my place to drink it! Susie B consumed a Goose Island Fulton Street Coffee Ale instead of wine, while cousin #1 of 79 spilled her wine and I walked into a screen door…all in all a good time was had by all!

  41. avatar Janis says:

    Hi Richard! I put up a pic of the day, but even when I went to edit the file, and clicked on the rotate +90 degrees, nada! So now the Blue line REALLY looks like a crash!!! 🙂

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