It was hard to believe you were in Skokie as it felt more like you were in a Wisconsin country inn or a Swiss Alps Chalet.
Adjacent to it was the "Keyhole Bar" with a sunken cocktail lounge with a raised wood-burning hearth. On Friday and Saturday nights, there was a piano player who would play your requests.
|Elliott's Pine Log Restaurant had the best-roasted duck, which I personally ordered every single time I ate there.|
To this day, Elliott's had the best-roasted duck I ever ate!
As the neighborhood changed in the 1980s, business dropped off and the Pine Log was closed. There was a public auction held of all the restaurant's equipment, fixtures, antiques, collectibles, seating, etc., in Chicago on June 25, 1988.
|Classified Ad, Chicago Tribune, June 19, 1988|
By Neil Gale, Ph.D.
NOTE: The myth of Elliott's Pine Log being a speakeasy, as stated numerous sites online is false. Prohibition began in 1920 and ended on December 5, 1933. Elliott's Pine Log Restaurant and Lounge opened 6 years later. Rumor has it that the speakeasy was the "Morton House Restaurant" in Morton Grove, Illinois which was destroyed by fire on January 2, 1954.