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Street Named After Legendary Edgewater Bar Double Bubble And Its Spirited Owner

There is not too many places left in the city that you can still get an $8 pitcher of Michelob or a shot priced like it was still 1995.

Edgewater’s Legendary Double Bubble Bar at 6036 N Broadway has provided a spirited, no frills gathering place for area residents while also being a charitable force within the neighborhood. Now a part of Broadway Ave. at Norwood has been renamed in honor of the establishment.

Through the years of revitalization of the Edgewater community and Broadway Ave. “the Bubble” (as many of its patrons call the spot) has been a regular fixture on the street. Owner Larry Swoboda and his wife Janet have made their bar a second home for many in the area and took it upon themselves to work beyond the Bubble’s walls by raising money to help support friends, charities and local schools.

This past Sunday, Swoboda and his business were recognized with the unveiling of a new street sign that officially renames that section of Broadway at Norwood “Honorary Double Bubble Way.” The shiny brown sign which is now perched above the street will continue to honor him for the years of accomplishments and acts of kindness.

“The sign on the pole says Double Bubble Way but the truth is we are here to thank and recognize Larry,” said Ald. Harry Osterman at the event. “Larry has used the Bubble to help our community, he has used the Bubble to help raise money for those who need it. Is the thousand acts of kindness to the people in the neighborhood that makes him a special person in the neighborhood. Larry has always been humble.”

The event attracted nearly 100 people which seemed to take Swoboda by surprise. All those in attendance were enthusiastic with applause as they returned the years of support that the Bubble has given to them.

“I was hoping for 15-20 people at this event, but I guess that first beer on the house brought a lot of people out of the woodwork,” laughed Larry at the much larger gathering of friends than he expected. “There is not another neighborhood like Edgewater in the city of Chicago.”


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