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Bucktown Gets a Rooftop Bar and Shuffleboard Court Tonight

Plus, The Globe’s former owner was indicted on nearly $200K of tax evasion charges and more intel

Royal Palms’ rooftop bar and court
Facebook/The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club Chicago

— Ownership of Chicago’s first shuffleboard club and bar, The Royal Palms in Bucktown, is planning to open its rooftop bar and court tonight at 1750 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Named the Lido Deck, the space houses a “challenge court” — where the winner keeps playing challengers for free as long as he or her keeps winning — as well as a full bar with eight taps, tropical drinks, and 162 seats to soak in the sun, drink, nosh on grub from the food trucks downstairs, and watch the shuffleboard action. Block Club Chicago has more info.

— The former owner of The Globe, perhaps the best soccer bar in Chicago, was indicted on 17 counts of federal tax evasion charges totaling nearly $200,000, the Tribune reports. The charges allege that Stuart Johnston withheld the money from employees’ checks that were meant for individual income taxes, Social Security, and Medicare and pocketed it between 2012 and 2014. Johnston sold his stake in the bar in 2016 and it underwent a large renovation earlier this year before reopening in time for the World Cup.

Angry Pig Tavern’s pig statue mascot was stolen from the Wicker Park bar and eatery last week. Ownership writes on social media that an employee from another bar stole the pig from the newish spot in the former Trenchermen space before tiring of carrying it and dumping it somewhere. They’ve since placed fliers in the neighborhood and are offering a reward to whoever finds and returns it.

— Lakeview sports and beer bar Finley Dunne’s Tavern, a staple on Eater Chicago’s maps of where to watch NFL and college football, has been sold after more than two decades at 3458 N. Lincoln Avenue. New owners will take over the tavern after service on Saturday and plan to retain the entire the staff and some food and drink specials, current ownership writes.

— And finally, a relic of highway eating could be going away. The tollway authority wants to tear down the O’Hare Oasis tollway bridge and restaurant complex, which opened in 1959 above the Tri-State Tollway in Schiller Park, as part of the I-294 expansion project, the Tribune reports. It’s one of few of a dying breed that are still remaining.

Finley Dunne's Tavern

3458 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 477-7311 Visit Website

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club Chicago

1750 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website

Angry Pig Tavern

2039 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 773-687-9795 Visit Website

The Globe Pub

1934 West Irving Park Road, , IL 60613 (773) 871-3757 Visit Website