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Club Lucky &

Jim Higgins

In the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Club Lucky is practically synonymous with Election Day. Volunteers and poll workers arrive before dawn to set up the voting area, while the sidewalk outside the tavern is transformed to accommodate Chicagoans lining up to vote.

Voters are greeted by Club Lucky’s longtime owner, Jim Higgins, who directs traffic while serving up Italian cuisine, lively music, and famous Election day drinks. Jim is committed to preserving the tavern’s rich history and identity as the last remaining tavern polling place in the US.

Throughout the day voters gather in the bar to talk politics; as evening approaches, families fill the restaurant—to share a meal, watch the election results, and share the experience with their neighbors and friends. Evocative of Election Days past, Club Lucky is a colorful celebration of the democratic process.

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