Located under the shadow of the Dan Ryan Expressway, this little dive bar, with surly service as you would expect, cheap drinks and a old-school-chicago-bar experience worth having.

Nothing fancy here, just a really nice old wood bar and some tables behind it for people to eat or chat at.

The beer selection is surprisingly wide, with everything from $2 PBRs to slightly pricier (around $4) Guinness and Two Brothers on tap. You’d be hard pressed to find a mixed drink that costs more than three bucks.

In addition to cheap booze and grub, the bar reels in the regulars with bartenders who remember your drink of choice. Equipped with round booths and a pinball machine provide perfectly cozy environs. The dingy, dark dive is small enough to feel like you and your friends (or new bar acquaintances) are drinking in your living room but large enough to provide a little breathing room if a patron decides to get a little too friendly. But you probably won’t have to deal with any sleaze balls at this joint. Skylark hosts a mix of older male bar regulars, artsy hipsters and UIC students, who seem to drink together in perfect harmony.


If you are trying to rack up the frequent flyer miles like us using a credit card to pay for even a pack of gum, make sure to go to the ATM before rolling into Skylark as this Pilsen gem is cash only.

Bottom line, good value in a relaxed atmosphere equals a winner in our books. We will be back.



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