Calling all gold diggers! If you are looking for a trader to call your own, you will find them next door to work at their regular watering hole, Alcock's.
After a long day at the Board of Trade, the bar's brightly-lit, open space beckons (as does the outdoor patio with built-in picnic tables in warmer months). Bartenders at Alcock's could set their watches to the traders' schedules; they are in right at the end of the workday and leave as the Metra does. Taking a cue from its clientele, the bar is only open Monday through Friday, unless there's a private party. The bar gladly opens for its 130 person space on weekends for private parties.
Before opening the bar nearly a quarter century ago, the owner, Frank, saw a live Stones show at a little bar on Belmont, got his hands on the recording and played it relentlessly at his new bar. For a while, The Rolling Stones was the only band on the jukebox. It has since been replaced with a huge cache of music, but the Stones are still well-represented.
Traders swarm in at lunch for a giant slice of Reggie's Pizza and a pop for only $3, leaving plenty of money for a $2.50 can of Miller Lite. Reggie's simple menu is only offered at lunch; it includes pizza, whole or by the slice, or Italian beef or meatball sandwich – or a combination of both meats. Head to Chicago Bears games on the Alcock's Express, a good old yellow school bus that shuttles to and from all home games, even pre-season!
Centerstage Reviewer: Pasha Carroll