Route 66 events:  Halloween Week events at Cigars & Stripes in Berwyn!


Ronnie Lottz, the happy proprietor of one of our favorite barbecue places – Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge in Berwyn, IL – likes to have fun most of the year. At Halloween, however, he pulls out all the stops.  Once again this year, Ronnie is hosting Halloween Week.  If you plan to trick or treat on Route 66 in Chicagoland, make sure you stop by his beer, ’cue and cigar emporium at some point next week.  With a week-long spooktacular that will last through dinnertime on All Saints Day (for those late risers with truly monstrous hangovers from the night before), there’ll be plenty of opportunity to check out the events if you visit or live in the area.  Address and phone are listed at the bottom of this post.

The boo-dacious bash starts at noon on Sunday, October 26, 2014 and runs through 6pm Sunday, October 26, 2014.  On Sunday the 26th, Ronnie kicks off the week with the Chicago Bears football game on the big screen and Bloody Mary specials all day long, followed by whatever specials he has on the smoker and the latest episode of The Walking Dead at 8pm.  Nothing like spooky group appointment TV to get the blood going!

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Route 66 updates:  Berwyn’s Cigars & Stripes gets a new sign; some local Route 66 history


Surprise, surprise — while keeping up with our Route 66 tweets last week, we noticed via Ron Warnick’s Twitter feed that one of our fave Mother Road barbecue spots in the metro area, Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge in Berwyn, IL, got new signage.  Have to say this:  When Ronnie Lottz does something, he really goes BIG.  So of course, yours truly had to stop by and take a gander.

I caught it on a rainy day (sigh …), but the shot still worked, thank heavens.  It seems lately that any time I want to shoot something in the ‘burbs and try to schedule it in advance, hoping for sunshine, it rains or clouds over.  You’d think Chicago had suddenly become Seattle or something (much rain in May and June here, but no flooding and better than drought, eh?).  Nevertheless, Ronnie’s stuff stands out — and together with his Route 66-themed mural on the side of the building, it’s sure to be a hit.

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Route 66 bits & bytes:  Berwyn’s Cigars & Stripes in the Weekly Yelp!, cocktails at Robie House


Ronnie Lottz, you darling huckster supreme:  your Berwyn barbecue lounge, Cigars & Stripes made it into this week’s The Weekly Yelp! for metro Chicago in its review “Laugh Out Loud – Chicago Burbs Style.”  Congrats!!!  We hope you’re tweeting the hell out of this on your Twitter feed (we gave you a head start on that – wink!).  And of course, all your friends and fans should check out our previous blog post about your venerable institution on Ogden Avenue, aka Route 66.

Cigars and Stripes BBQ Lounge, Route 66, Berwyn IL

Ronnie Lottz, gregarious proprietor and BBQ smokemaster, in front of Cigars and Stripes BBQ Lounge on Route 66 in Berwyn, IL  (Photo copyright 2013 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)

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