portrait of an old man

The Legend of the 'Old Man' Painting

Prominently featured in both our Glenview and Wimette locations is a framed painting featuring a bearded old man holding a beer. And the story behind it is legendary. Word has it that original owner Peter Adamis sold the original version that was displayed in our Glenview location. Soon after, business fell off and Pete and his partner connected the sale of the painting to the lag in sales. They hired a local artist to create a new one and as soon it was hung, business picked up and has never looked back. When we opened our Wilmette location, the painting was replicated and is proudly displayed over the fireplace in the main dining area. It's a symbolic good luck charm and there will be an 'Old Man' painting featured in every Valley Lodge moving forward.

About Valley Lodge Tavern

A True Neighborhood Tavern With its homelike atmosphere, the Valley Lodge is one of the iconic and go-to restaurants on the North Shore. Founded in 1969 by brothers Peter and Taki Adamis, the Glenview location quickly became THE popular dining destination. In 1997, new owners Bill and George Stavrou along with General Manager Chris Stavrou carried forward the tradition in Glenview, and later in 2014 when they opened its Wilmette location. Our philosophy has always been and is to create a true neighborhood tavern. One where our guests can be comfortable, relax, and take the whole family, friends, business associates, or even the whole team where they can enjoy quality service and exceptional food at a great value. WE'RE 50 YEARS AND GOING STRONG. CHEERS TO THE NEXT 50! Bill Stavrou, Owner George Stavrou, Owner Chris Stavrou, General Manager

Our Locations


2132 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025

(847) 724-7440


Monday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Xmas Eve: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Christmas: Closed
NYE: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
New Years Day: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


1141 Central Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091

(847) 920-5675


Monday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Xmas Eve: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
NYE: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
New Years Day: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm