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This pre-tiki bar was located at the Southwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Newark Avenue in Niles, Illinois.

The John Calef Tavern opened here in 1903 and then became Joker Joe's in the mid 1940s.

There was also a second Joker Joe's location in Chicago, Il.

Joker Joe (Joe Siciliano?) was ubiquitous on advertising and apparently liked to throw on a hula skirt and then jump up on the bar and do impromptu dances.

The bar's name was probably inspired by the 1940 film, Typhoon, starring Dorothy Lamour.


Niles, Illinois, United States
Yes (Permanently)


1 Visit

Ilovedl1! – Date: Unknown

This club belonged to my great grandfather