948 N Western Ave
Though the outskirts of Ukrainian Village is an unlikely place to stumble on a charming little auberge adorned in antlers and taxidermy, the purveyors of Sportsman’s Club are having no trouble keeping the bar seats warm. Archetypal to the Chicago tradition, the long bar makes up most of the north wall and fills up nearly half of the narrow space. Across from the bar the remainder of the space is filled in by high booths, well suited to the frames of the depression era, making them all the more cozier by today's standards.
In their most voluminous work space, the friendly barmen serve up a concise offering of high quality local draughts, a variety of put up beers, and a regularly rotating list of cultivated cocktails.
Convincingly, the whole Wes Andersonesque exhibition is incandescently lit and set to the folksy soundtrack of whatever tape recordings could be procured for the large format, reel-to-reel player on display behind the bar.