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.
Elliott's specialties included; Roasted Duck, Broiled Aged Steaks, Fresh Dressed Chicken among other great dishes. They hosted many Banquets, Showers, Wedding Parties, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs and lots of company parties and meetings.
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, collectables, seating, etc., in Chicago on June 25, 1988.
|Classified Ad, Chicago Tribune, June 19, 1988|
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
NOTE: The myth of Elliott's Pine Log being a speakeasy, as stated numerous places online in 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.