The Alley Chicago: Back and better than ever

This is a picture of the MOB gangster rooms in The Alley Chicago. Photo Credit: Jennifer Aguilar

By Jennifer Aguilar ’20

The Alley Chicago was originally created in 1971 and just recently reconstructed to lure people in more this time. The Alley is now a one of a kind spot, a tasty spot, and a historic spot.

When I first walked by this place, I was struck by the different things displayed on the window. It was almost overwhelming, but once you paid attention to the little things you’d notice small toys, mostly gothic. The outside also has colorful skulls, fake crystals, cups decorated  with skulls on them, and detailed posters. Apparently the day I went was my lucky day because The Alley had just reopened, so the food was free. As I walked in, I couldn’t help but notice a monster called “The Predator” standing with its hands taped onto its body because it was falling apart, but that didn’t bother me though, I thought it was essential and spectacular for The Alley.  The Alley’s walls is painted pink and white and has the Addams family painted on it. There’s also pictures of the Beatles, Kiss, and other impeccable bands.

The place is tight when there are many people, and since the food was free, of course it would be tight. I had no idea what to order, so I asked the cashier for help. He very nicely helped me choose something within my interests and soon enough he gave me a Fredo cappuccino, at first it tasted like nothing, but as I added sugar and mixed it, it was perfect. I also ordered a waffle pop, it’s a waffle submerged in goodies. What I put on my waffle pop was vanilla syrup, fruity pebbles, sprinkles, and other treats.

The Alley is much more than just a snack place and a music driven place but also holds different rooms to be in. Going into the store further there is a staircase that takes you up to the Alley’s clothing store where they have gothic boots, accessories, and shirts with “The Alley Chicago” logo on them. Going back down, there’s a hallway where there are frames with The Beatles signatures, objects from exceptional movies like Casino, Scarface, and others. Walking a little further down there are a variety of rooms with art, pictures, and even old newspapers sealed in frames. There’s different rooms with different themes, for example in a room I went into there were mob gangster pictures, one of the known gangsters being Al Capone.

All in all, this is the greatest place I ever stepped place into. I really felt like it was a place I belonged in because I enjoyed everything around me. If you enjoy The Beatles the movies GoodFellas or Scarface, The Alley Chicago is a place you want to check out.


  • Monday-Thursday: 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday: 12:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.