Penguins fans flock to Pittsburgh bar in Chicago

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CHICAGO - Penguins fans have made their way to Chicago for the Stadium Serier matchup Saturday with the Blackhawks.

But while in the Windy City, Pittsburghers are also doing a little sightseeing – like visiting a Pittsburgh bar.

It’s a city of almost 3 million people, but Chicago’s Durkin’s Tavern can make you feel like you’re in Pittsburgh.

Durkin’s Tavern has the North Side’s oldest continuous beer license dating back to prohibition, and because the original owner loved Pittsburgh, the current owners go out of their way to accommodate Pittsburgh sports fans.

“You know you’re at home when you have I.C. Light,” Jefferson Hills resident Justin Kovaly said.

Kovaly was one of more than a dozen people watching the Penguins game on television Thursday night at Durkin’s.

“We literally just got off the plane an hour and a half ago, and came straight here,” Courtney Durkin said.

Durkin, who said it’s just a coincidence she has the same last name as the bar, said the entire back room is filled with logos and signs from Pittsburgh sports teams.

“It makes it comfortable and it makes it a good time,” Brookline resident Chi Chi Anania said.

Durkin’s Tavern is hosting a party Friday night for out-of-towners, and they’re offering a shuttle to the game Saturday night.