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[[Schulien's]] Restaurant and Saloon, opened by [[Matt Schulien]] in Chicago, was one of the first restaurants to feature performing close-up magicians and one of Chicago's oldest family-owned and operated restaurants.  
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'''Schulien's Restaurant and Saloon''', run by [[Matt Schulien]] in Chicago, was one of the first restaurants to feature performing close-up magicians and one of Chicago's oldest family-owned and operated restaurants.  
  
[[Schulien's]] got its start in 1888 with Matt's father Joe, who had been a beer wagon driver for Schiltz. He bought a pub called the "Quincy No. 9." in Chicago to prevent it from being bought by a rival brewer.
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Schulien's got its start in 1880s with Matt's father Joe, who had been a beer wagon driver for Schlitz. He operated saloons at a number of different locations around the city.
  
Later they moved to 1800 North Halsted Street serving locals as an old-world German tavern.  Matt, grew up and learned to do magic from an old-time German magician. During Prohibition, Schulien kept his tavern going by running a speakeasy in the basement.  
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In 1916, Joe purchased the building at 1800 North Halsted Street and went into business with his sons Matt and Ed. During Prohibition, Schulien ran a speakeasy in the basement.  
  
Around 1956, Schulien retired from the "1800 North Halsted" Restaurant and Bar and opened for his sons "Schulien & Sons" at 2100 Irving Park Road. The "1800 North Halsted" was bought by Don Alan and Lee LeRoi.   
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Around 1948, Schulien retired from the "1800 North Halsted" Restaurant and Bar. He and his sons opened at a new location, 2100 Irving Park Road. The "1800 North Halsted" was bought by [[Don Alan]] and [[Lee LeRoi]]. It is now the home of "The Black Duck".   
  
Schulien's walls were covered with yellowed newspaper clippings (like, "Titanic Sinks") and celebrity photographs. Schulien's was a gathering place for Magician, like [[Ed Marlo]].
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Schulien's walls were covered with memorabilia and photographs of celebrities. Schulien's was a gathering place for magicians like [[Ed Marlo]].
  
After Matt's death in 1967, his son Charlie continued, along with his son Robert, to entertain patrons.  
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After Matt's death in 1967, his son [[Charles Schulien|Charlie]] continued, along with his son [[Robert Schulien|Robert]], to entertain patrons.  
  
Schulien's closed on January 27, 1999 shortly after the death [[Charles Schulien]] on August 5, 1998.
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Schulien's closed on January 27, 1999 shortly after the death of Charles on August 5, 1998.
  
After its close, Schulien's was sold to the owners of the Twisted Lizard in Lincoln Park and then transformed into the Irving Ale House for a short stint prior to becoming O'Donovan's, where [[Al James]] continued to perform.  
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After its close, Schulien's was sold to the owners of the Twisted Lizard in Lincoln Park and then transformed into the Irving Ale House for a short stint prior to becoming O'Donovan's, where Al James and Jim Krzak continued to perform.  
  
 
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* [[Al James]]  
 
* [[Al James]]  
 
* [[Bill Weimer]]
 
* [[Bill Weimer]]
* [[Jim Krzak]]
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* [[Jim Krzak]]  
 
* [[Ken Mate]]   
 
* [[Ken Mate]]   
 
* [[Mr. Ash]]     
 
* [[Mr. Ash]]     
 
* [[Lee Levin]]   
 
* [[Lee Levin]]   
 
* [[Bill Pack]]
 
* [[Bill Pack]]
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* Lee Broskey
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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* ''Schulien's Restaurant and Saloon Celebrates 100th Anniversary'' by Joyce Heitler in [[Genii 1986 May]], vol. 49, no. 11, page 745
 
* http://www.chibarproject.com/Memoriam/Schulien%27s/Schulien%27s.htm
 
* http://www.chibarproject.com/Memoriam/Schulien%27s/Schulien%27s.htm
 
* http://www.caseymorans.com/odonovans/magic.asp
 
* http://www.caseymorans.com/odonovans/magic.asp
 
[[Category:Venues]]
 
[[Category:Venues]]
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* Bobby Schulien and Al James - Telephone interview 2009

Latest revision as of 22:12, 19 May 2013

Schulien's Restaurant and Saloon, run by Matt Schulien in Chicago, was one of the first restaurants to feature performing close-up magicians and one of Chicago's oldest family-owned and operated restaurants.

Schulien's got its start in 1880s with Matt's father Joe, who had been a beer wagon driver for Schlitz. He operated saloons at a number of different locations around the city.

In 1916, Joe purchased the building at 1800 North Halsted Street and went into business with his sons Matt and Ed. During Prohibition, Schulien ran a speakeasy in the basement.

Around 1948, Schulien retired from the "1800 North Halsted" Restaurant and Bar. He and his sons opened at a new location, 2100 Irving Park Road. The "1800 North Halsted" was bought by Don Alan and Lee LeRoi. It is now the home of "The Black Duck".

Schulien's walls were covered with memorabilia and photographs of celebrities. Schulien's was a gathering place for magicians like Ed Marlo.

After Matt's death in 1967, his son Charlie continued, along with his son Robert, to entertain patrons.

Schulien's closed on January 27, 1999 shortly after the death of Charles on August 5, 1998.

After its close, Schulien's was sold to the owners of the Twisted Lizard in Lincoln Park and then transformed into the Irving Ale House for a short stint prior to becoming O'Donovan's, where Al James and Jim Krzak continued to perform.

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References