"THE OLD ST. ANDREWS INN"
5938 NORTH BROADWAY

Although currently known as Ole St. Andrew's Inn, this restaurant first gained popularity as one of Chicago's haunted pubs as the "Edinburgh Castle Pub". During the time that it was owned by Jane McDougal and her son, Blair, the staff and customers were treated to breaking and flying glasses and alcohol that would disappear into nowhere. The friendly spirit here is sometimes said to be a little too friendly to some female customers, as he has a tendency to caress the knees of young women.

The spirit here is said to be a man named Frank Giff, the jolly former owner of the pub. According to those who knew him, Frank was a heavy drinker and often, after closing the bar for the night, he would continue to keep drinking and eventually he would just pass out in one of the corner booths. This was where he was found one morning in 1964. He had slowly drank himself to death.

Another tale claims that Frank was so drunk that he fell off of a bar stool and hit his head so hard that he died. Regardless, he died in the place that he loved and many say that he is still here....greeting customers from the other side.

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The pub is located at 5938 North Broadway in Chicago. If you make it there, raise a glass for me in honor of Frank.

 

 

 

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