Located at the corner of California and Dickens in Logan Square, before its reincarnation as a neighborhood watering hole, Ronny's Bar was a garage. Chicago's ace punk-rock promoters MP Productions regularly stage shows there, and for those occasions, they've renamed it "Ronny's Center for the Performing Arts." But there is considerable irony in that grandiose title.
Ronny's is inarguably best described as "a sh*thole." But it is as wonderful a sh*thole as sh*tholes come.
Its nondescript façade can make Ronny's hard to find, especially amid the chaos of post-Puerto Rican parade festivities. But we knew Saturday would be special when, for the first time any of us in Vortis or anyone at MP could remember, the neon marquee magically flickered on. Sure, it was missing an "n." But it still was "phonetically correct," as Louie Vortis enthused.