Saturday, August 5, 2023

Tiny Tap Bar, 112½ North Clinton Street, Chicago, Illinois. (1953-1985)

George and Bob DeLeonardis owned the Tiny Tap bar for years. There will be no more lewd laughter in the Tiny Tap, Chicago's smallest bar. on a Wednesday night, they drank all the booze. The next day they dismantled the bar. After 32 years, they've lost their lease. A three-story multi-use building was built in its place. 

The Tiny Tap bar was 10-by-20-foot (200 sq. ft.) a home to millionaires and skid row drinkers across the street from the Chicago & North Western Train Station. 

When the bar was two-deep, it was packed. They closed in April 1985.

Brothers Anthony and Dominick Adreani own the Tiny Tap (1,000 sq. ft) at 7648 West North Avenue, Elmwood Park, which opened in January 2015. They also own the Berwyn Tap Room, 6330 16th Street, Berwyn.

"Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m married to George’s daughter Terry, and I can attest that George and the Tiny Tap was as colorful as you described!"
—Don Meyer via Facebook. 8/5/2023   

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.


  1. I worked on North Clinton from 1981 to 1985 right up the street.
    We used to go to the Tiny Tap after work quite often. The joke was you couldn’t fall backwards off of your stool because you would hit the wall first.

    1. Went to the Tap for years stories enough to fill a book, was best friends of George loved the place never seen anything like it before or after cast of characters was the best and of course George and his brother made the place!


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