Named for the pseudonym sci-fi author Ray Bradbury gave his hometown Waukegan, the family-owned Green Town Tavern hosts live music, open mic sessions, trivia nights and droves of friendly sports fans who belly up to the bar on game days.
This popular bar-restaurant offers more than 50 craft beers and a menu of hearty pub grub. It’s easy to make a meal of the spicy buffalo-style chicken wings ($6.75) and a basket of crispy fries, onion rings, mushrooms or fried mozzarella sticks. A dozen sandwich choices range from $4 to $8; the savory Green Town Italian Beef is the house specialty. Seven burgers arrive on kaiser rolls with lettuce, onion, tomato and chips. For lighter appetites, Green Town Tavern also whips up wrap sandwiches and entree salads (the grilled chicken Caesar is particularly good).
Every Saturday morning, locals stop in here for Happy Time Breakfast specials, and Waukegan’s Classic Car Nights on summertime Thursdays draw a local Lake County crowd. Out-of-towners are especially welcome during Waukegan’s monthly ArtWauks, the annual Dandelion Fine Arts Festival in June, and the Ray Bradbury Festival and Octoberfest (both in the fall).