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In 1968 when the Democrats had last visited the Windy City, the Convention was marred with students protesting the Vietnam War, battling in the streets with Mayor Daly's "Gestapo" forces against the hippie-driven, Chicago 7. Hoping for either a repeat or at least the opportunity to incite a small riot Mike and Bone hard-charged into Chicago late on a Friday night ready to call anyone wearing a Democratic button, a freakin' jackass !!!! Hoping to create as much furor and Mrs O'Leary's Cow !!
The Michigan Mob on Michigan Avenue
Parking off of Michigan Avenue, in the "Miracle Mile" district, down town the Boys took to the streets, where Bone's banter began almost immediately with shouts of "Billie Bob Clinton is a Crook !!!", and "White Water !! White Water !!!!", Some of the Dem's faithful chose to ignore the barbs, others bantered back, and a smaller group responded with a middle finger salute !!!
Screaming at Democratic Conventioneers was fun for a while, however as the as the evening progressed the fun diminished, so Mike and Bone wandered down to the Shore of the beautiful Lake M, to observe an awesome view of Chi-Town!
The famous fountain of Grant Park
Walking up to the waterfront, between the Grant Park Fountain, Lake M, and the Second City's awesome skyline, the Boys confirmed that it was a cool, cool place !!
Trekking around the Tribune Building
All the running around Downtown hooting on politico's is thirsty work, the Boys started bar hopping in all the little pubs, drinking Corona's and Labatt's Blues while getting all the more cranked up against the Democrats. Deciding to add dinner to the beer run, Mike and Bone decided to get a Cheeze Borger !!! Cheeze Borger !! @ the world famous Billy Goat Tavern!
Cheezeborger ! Cheezeborger !, No Pepsi ! Coke !! No Fries, Cheeps !!!!
The Billy Goat Tavern is a favorite of both Saturday Night Live (John Belushi & Dan Akroyd" cheese borger !! cheese borger!!) and any politico and celeb passing through town.The original Billy Goat Tavern location was "born" in 1934 when Greek immigrant, William "Billy Goat" Sianis, purchased the Lincoln Tavern. Billy Goat bought the tavern for $205, with a check that bounced but was later repaid with sales from the first weekend.
The tavern was located across from the Chicago Stadium (now United Center) and attracted mainly sports fans. Sianis became known as "Billy Goat," when a goat fell off a passing truck and wandered inside. Sianis adopted the goat, grew a goatee, acquired the nickname "Billy Goat," and changed the name of the bar to the Billy Goat Tavern.
Ironic in that Mike and Bone came to hoot on the Democraps, in 1944 the Republican Convention came to town and Billy Goat posted a sign saying, "No Republicans allowed." This caused the tavern to be packed with Republicans demanding to be served, and led to local fame for the savvy Billy Goat, publicity stunt master. In 1964, Billy Goat moved his tavern to its present subterranean location where it is a legend. That night, the Billy Goat was very busy with many, many Dem's, which would have made Billy happy, in fact the Republican Boys just missed the Chicago-born Hillary Clinton, who just left after a couple burgers. Ordering a couple of awesome cheeseburgers and beers, the boys chomped down the food and ambience without being bothered by Billy's ghost for being Republicans!
Meandering down the Miracle Mile
Stuffed, but still thirsting for adventure and beer, Mike and Bone went to find some more victims of their vitriol, but noticed that the Democrats were being party poopers, with most of them off the streets by 1:30 in the morning. Deciding find another source of entertainment, they decided to head down to the Party Central of Chicago, the boys grabbed a cab for Rush Street !
Fools Rush (Street) in !!
Rush Street is a Mike and Bone nirvana, with bar after bar, pub after pub in a row, with exciting people and great brews. The Boys hit as many of the establishments as possible until 4:00 in the morning when they realized they had a 20 minute drive out of the city to their hotel.
Unfortunately with the Democratic Convention in Town, all the hotel rooms in the City were gone, along with all the beer! So Mike and Bone's drive to the southern suburbs for a sleep cheap was very interesting at 4:30 in the morning !! Fortunately the Boys made it without incident and quickly crashed, without crashing.