Inside the hidden-treasure restaurants of Chicago’s Thalia Hall

Historic building features retro punch bar, upscale pub-grub tavern and equestrian-themed bar

On the outside, historic Thalia Hall is a grand stone structure inspired by the Prague Opera House. Inside, after 126 years and a recent careful restoration, time bends in different ways, with the funky, wood-paneled 1970s-basement Punch House; Dusek’s Board and Beer, a high-end pub; and the Tack Room, an equestrian-themed bar. Different design elements have been preserved and others updated, but the building’s original purpose (a community dining, drinking and performance space) has endured across three centuries.

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