A Chicago Sports Bar
With all things sports that She-nannigans has to offer, it is easy to think this lively bar is only for fans looking to watch the game. Don’t let our sports bar attributes fool you – we have something for all our guests to enjoy.
Something for Everyone
Break the ice with any of our games – darts, pong, basketball, punching machine or jenga. Wash down your popcorn with any of our cocktails on tap. Throw back a shot of tequila during one of our busy, and well loved, events.
Live on Stage
She-nannigans was the first bar on Division Street to build a stage for live music. We haven’t strayed too far from our roots, using our stage for planned acts (and surprise visits from local music favorites) and dancing. Sing and dance when the spirit moves you to do so – we have karaoke nightly beginning at 8pm!
A Part of Chicago History
She-nannigans was the first bar in Chicago to employ all female bartenders at a time it was considered illegal….hence the “She” in She-nannigans. She-nannigans opened in 1970, at a time when a decades-old ordinance — informally known as the “Barmaids Ordinance” — made it illegal for any woman who was not related to a bar’s owner from tending bar. In a modest act of civil disobedience, She-nannigans began to employ some of the airline stewardesses who lived in the neighborhood to tend bar on their days off.
Arrests were made, tempers flared and in 1974, a suit was filed against Mayor Daley, et al.; the case went to U.S. District Court and judges concluding that the ordinance violated the Constitution.
Cover Charge Every Friday & Saturday Night