The Bartender Was A Bard: The Life and Times of Harlan Stern and His Tavern

Harlan Stern was one of the most colorful bartenders on the North Side from the 1970s through the early 2000s. A co-owner of Sterch’s tavern at 2238 North Lincoln, Stern was a major Chicago White Sox fan, a raconteur, a softball player, a father and a ringleader of the Sterch’s circus that included visits from Roger Ebert, Hunter Thompson, former White Sox owner Bill Veeck, and many, many others.

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