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Fox Bar becomes a Secondhand Sea House

Chicago writer Nelson Algren’s book City on the Make inspires a summer-long popup that recreates a midwest lakehouse in our Chicago bar

This summer in Chicago, Fox Bar has been transformed into a humble Midwest lakehouse, complete with dune grass, Great Lakes fish taxidermy and South Shore memorabilia. The Secondhand Sea House installation is inspired by Chicago writer Nelson Algren’s description of Lake Michigan as a “secondhand sea” in his book City on the Make.

“For midwesterners, it’s very comforting and has the nostalgia of a lakeside cabin,” says head bartender Ronald Higgins. “It’s been a lot of fun for the team as well. We always enjoy our pop ups as it makes going to the bar everyday a lot of fun just to have different knicknacks and other quirky things around.”

The cocktails continue to offer three or four ingredients, but with a lakeside theme, he explains. “Our cocktail offerings are very Midwest driven, with plenty of summer fruits and vegetables used for infusions such as Michigan raspberries, Wisconsin cherries, rhubarb, dill, peaches, lavender, and so on.”

Chicken and Farm Shop are chipping in some bar snacks in the form of fried fish sandwiches. Visit the Secondhand Sea House until Labor Day weekend.

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