3439 N. Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
This much is known about
Everything else about Nisei Lounge’s history is rumor, innuendo, and conjecture.
Legend, and a few guidebooks, say Nisei Lounge was founded by second generation Japanese immigrants in 1951 to provide a spot for
We have the finest free-lance historians that money (or at least a generous bar tab) can hire scouring City records for more information.
Whether any of those immortal 1970 Cubs like Jim Hickman, Cleo James, and Johnny Callison ever drank here we don’t know. But we’d like to think they stopped in, maybe with some of their more talented teammates, or with Hall of Fame Cubs clubhouse manager Yosh Kawano.
On February 1st, 2004 the building’s boiler exploded in mid-winter and the bar had to close for a few days. The owners at the time used their settlement from the landlord to apply a badly needed coat of paint. Otherwise the Nisei’s classic
The dartboards, pool table and jukebox are all still there and are thriving more than ever.