Ernie’s Bleachers -Drive up hot dog stand and beer by the pail!
The Bleachers started out as Ernie’s Bleachers in the 30’s, a hot dog stand selling beer by the pail, right after prohibition. The hot dog stand itself was stolen from Peterson & Elston and set up on the corner of Waveland & Sheffield. Ernie Pareti wanted the only hot dog stand in the city. Anyway, that was his story, told when he was in his nineties. During WWII Ernie and a group of building inspectors built a real tavern, a cigar- box-shaped neighborhood bar that just happened to be located across the street from Wrigley Field. He sold it at the end of the war and it became JB’s Bleachers for a couple of years until JB got sick and sold it back to Ernie.