When Dave Jemilo walked into the Green Mill in the 1980s, he was struck by what he saw.
“On some of the light fixtures, the plaster was falling apart,” he says of the then-battered lounge at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
“It was dirty, filthy. The bathrooms were just a mess. Everything was torn apart.
“So I come in here and I think: Holy crap, is this place beautiful!”