I lived about two blocks from Guthries when I lived in Wrigleyville, so I’ve been there more than a few times. I picked it as the place where Libby and Aidan have their initial showdown in BINDING ARBITRATION, one, because of the location near the ballpark; two, because it’s a place where people “play games” and three, because it holds a special place in my heart. It’s not a fancy place but it holds a certain kind of rustic charm. I lived with my boyfriend and on the afternoon of the day I got engaged he called me and told me to meet him at 5 p.m. at Guthries. I had a feeling that we were going to get engaged and I didn’t think he’d do it in Guthries, but it was one of the first places we’d ever gone to together so I was like, “okay”.
Finally he said, “What’s your problem?”
“I’m not interested,” I retorted.
He was good looking and I’m sure he wasn’t used to rejection. “Why not?”
“Because my boyfriend’s coming and I’m going to get engaged tonight!”
“Sure you are.” He grinned.
Next thing I know, my boyfriend, all six-foot-five inches of him, walks through the door. I smiled at him and then I looked back at bar guy. He chuckled and slinked away as my boyfriend approached. Then I patted-down my boyfriend and his trench coat. No ring!
My boyfriend raised an eyebrow and nodded toward bar guy. “What did he want?”
I giggled demurely and said, “Your fiancée.”
My boyfriend sat down, ordered a beer, looked me in the eye and said, “I don’t have a fiancée.”
I clinked my highball glass into his bottle and said, “The night’s still young!”
So the next time you go to a Cubs game, stop by Guthries for a beer, a game of Life and maybe a memory or two.
Guthries 1300 West Addison, Chicago, Illlinois was voted Top 10 Chicago, Neighborhood Bars, Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides!