110 E. Walnut Street - Oglesby, Illinois 61348  ·  Phone: 815-883-3389

Claudette’s

November 17, 2015 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk

Claudette serving up what's on tap

Claudette serving up what's on tap

Claudette’s


ADDRESS: 253 E. Walnut St., Oglesby
HOURS: varied

The tavern may bear her name, but owner Claudette Magnoni thinks her Walnut Street watering hole holds it’s own place in history.

“I see Claudette’s as an old landmark that people come to, an icon,” Magnoni says. “It’s an old established place that’s been here for years, built just after prohibition.

“It’s not a normal bar; it’s different. It’s always been known for its cleanliness, homeliness, the party atmosphere. It’s not a rowdy place.”

patrons find a comfortable and warm setting at Claudette's

patrons find a comfortable and warm setting at Claudette's

In fact, Claudette’s is a gathering place of sorts, as it boasts a unique party room adjacent to the bar, lovingly dubbed The Cubby Hole, a home for both Cubs and Bears fans–and anyone looking for an affordable rental.

In 2002, Magnoni merged two bars into one and created the side room, which seats 50 comfortably and holds all sorts of aesthetic charm, from the double-seated wooden bar to the old detailed metal ceilings. There’s a stage, freedom to bring in outside food and drinks supplied through Claudette’s, making it–Magnoni says–a great option for parties.

Otherwise, Claudette’s is “mainly a weekend place” with hours that vary daily. Though it’s open only evenings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (beginning around 6 p.m.), there are extended hours on Friday and Saturday (3 p.m. to close) and an especially long day Sunday (noon to close).

(Photos by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)