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by Matt B on April 17th, 2008

My brother's service in Iraq with the U.S. Marines is soon coming to an end, and my family is relieved that he will be coming back to the States safely. Marines have several nicknames, generally used among themselves and not by outsiders. One well-known moniker is 'Jarheads,' which is also the name of a bar in Rogers Park. But don't fret; this bar isn't just for Marines. It welcomes members of all branches of the military as well as respectful civilians.

united states marine corpsThe tavern is a military haven from the d'cor to the owner himself. Retired Marine John Kolodzeij, known simply as 'Sarge' to the regulars, opened the bar back in 1990. The walls are a cultural museum of honor for the Armed Forces, with everything from somber memorials to customers' military portraits. The bar is packed with Marine Corp paraphernalia, pictures, flak jackets, and camouflage.

The rough-and-tough Semper Fi atmosphere shouldn't scare anyone off though. 'Sarge' and his crew are a friendly bunch. Grab a stool and a shot of Kolodzeij's 'jungle juice,' and you'll be in for an evening of stories you can't get anywhere else.

Jarheads: 6973 N Clark St; 773-973-1907
Daily: 4:00 p.m. - ' ('Whenever everyone decides to go home')
Street parking
Public trans: Bus # 22

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