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Historic Bucktown Bar Shines on "Chicago Fire"

Marcus Riley

Lottie’s owner hopes the prime time exposure leads to more customers through the door.

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A Bucktown bar is enjoying its time in the limelight after it’s become a major backdrop in a prime time show.

Lottie’s Pub has been featured prominently in the current season of NBC’s Chicago Fire. In the show, a couple of the firefighters decided to buy the bar — named Molly’s — after it caught on fire.

“It’s been fun for the visibility and the novelty factor and it’s fun to see it on TV,” Lottie’s owner Mark Domitrovich said. “If it went on for years it would probably be an issue, but for now we’re enjoying it.”

The bar will be featured in up to nine episodes this season. The shoots occur on the slowest days, typically Monday through Wednesday, and Domitrovich hopes it eventually leads to increased business.

“We just had a family in from Kansas this week because they wanted to see bar,” Domitrovich says.

The bar is also attracting a crowd for special weekly viewing parties when the show airs (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.).

Lottie’s has a colorful history dating back to the 1930s when its private basement was a reputed mob hangout helmed by the owner, Lottie Zagorski.

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