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The Ole Saint Andrews Inn –
Haunted Dwelling: Ole St. Andrew's Inn
5938 N. Broadway
Ole St. Andrew's Inn is on the first floor of a rather drab two story brick building. It has a cheerful green awning, which runs above the colorful yellow-trimmed windows and runs out over the sidewalk to the street, in a half circle shape, offering shade from the hot sun. It has a serious wooden door leading inside. Unfortunately, it was closed on the day Tom and I came by for a visit during our 2007 summer road trip, so I relied on other sources to describe the inside of this friendly, popular neighborhood watering hole and eatery.
Inside the Ole St. Andrew's Inn, one finds that the restaurant area surrounds a horseshoe-shaped bar. The spacious inside is trimmed with "dark oak and hunter-green accents". The "low-slung" tables have high-backed, British-style chairs. There are also "six crescent, black-leather booths". The walls are decorated with scenic pictures of Ireland and Scotland, and pictures of the 1754 Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews. Golf clubs and related items also adorn the walls.
On the north wall, one finds an Anglican coat of arms painted on a paned glass located there. There is also a juke box on the wall, and the customary pool table and dart board to provide chuckles while enjoying your Scottish brew!
Ole St. Andrew's Inn has a home-like, comfortable, warm, welcoming atmosphere, where people come to enjoy conversations with friends and strangers, and often enjoy conversations with the cordial staff. Food on the menu includes delicious shepherd's pie, fish and chips, pork chops, lamb stew, various cuts of steak, sandwiches and bar food, which goes along nicely with beer or other alcoholic drinks.
The building which houses The OLE ST. ANDREWS INN was built sometime in the early part of the 20th century, (I'm guessing the 1920s?) and has housed some sort of bar/restaurant for many years.
In the 1950s-1960s, one establishment which existed in this building was a lively Scottish tavern known as Edinburgh Castle Pub, offering food and alcoholic beverages of all kinds. It was owned by a colorful character, Frank Giff, who was a very friendly, outgoing sort, who always made his customers feel welcome. Frank had a weakness for alcohol, his favorite being Vodka. He was a ferocious drinker and would often drink himself into a state of oblivion in one of the booths in his pub. One morning his wife Edna found Frank dead, probably from alcohol poisoning. Some say that he fell in his drunken stupor off the bar stool and hit his head, which is what some claim killed him.
Edinburgh Castle Pub was purchased by Jane McDougal and son Blair, who continued to keep the charming Scottish theme and atmosphere, offering among other things, dark Scottish beer. Edinburgh Castle Pub earned the evaluation from the Chicago Bar Guide of being "an overlooked gem. In the middle of Broadway, the genial staff chats you up and makes you happy."
In 1994, David Jenkins and Kay Whipple bought Edinburgh Castle Pub, and renamed their establishment, Ole Saint Andrews Inn, after David's favorite Scottish golf course, which he tries to play once a year. Ole Saint Andrews Inn became an English Pub, with Irish and Scottish influences.
Often on the weekends, live Irish and jazz music performers come and play for an appreciative audience. Wednesday night is Karaoke Night. This pub can be rented out to groups as well.
While some in Chicago complain about the change from being strictly a Scottish pub to being the more broader British Isle pub and eatery, The Ole St. Andrew's Inn is immensely popular with the local neighborhood, and has retained its friendly, easy-going atmosphere, and great selection of Scottish Brews!
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
When Frank Giff suddenly died in one of his pub booths, or fell off the bar stool, it seems that he wasn't quite ready to go onto the other side, and decided to stay and "help" the living in running his establishment, and perhaps help himself to the alcohol as well.
This friendly entity became active when new pub owners, Jane McDougal and her son, Blair took the helm of The Edinburgh Castle Pub. His antics soon gave this pub the recognition as being haunted, earning them a spot on the Chicago ghost tour groups, which was great for business.
Other people in the following years also have experienced similar manifestations.
Jane and Blair McDougal, the staff and customers were the first ones to be made aware of this entity's presence.
Glasses would fly around and break by themselves.
Vodka and other drinks would disappear when no one else was around.
Sometimes, younger women would feel a cool unseen hand on their knees.
Present ghostly activities
Younger women are still sometimes feeling a caressing, cool unseen hand on their knees and other people are still being touched by a friendly unseen hand, as if to welcome them.
Sensitive people can feel "eerie" cold spots in The Ole St. Andrew's Inn. This hospitable entity is sometimes present when people from the Ghost tours come in and visit. The usual mischief:
Cases of beer, glasses, ashtrays and other items move around by themselves, the cash register, which is on a lazy Susan, moves by itself, lights go on and off without the living's help and Vodka and other alcohol goes missing.
Yes indeed, if one believes the eye witness accounts. Perhaps the place gives off such a friendly, welcoming aura because of the entity of Frank, who is still a welcoming unseen presence.
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