The Maguire University History
How it all started in 1963
It was way back in 1963 when Loyola’s basketball team traveled to Louisville to compete in hat is now known as the Final Four. Back then is was simply known as “the finals,” with two semi-final games played on Friday and the championship game on Saturday.
That season, Loyola had been highly rated team. They were led by Coach George Ireland and Assistant Coach Bill Shay, who happened to be regulars at a certain bar in Forest Park called Maguire’s. The bar was a popular hangout for fans and the coaching staff from Fenwick High School and other Catholic League teams.
Scouts were known to drop in at Maguire’s, well aware that they were likely to talk with some of the most well-informed enthusiasts of high school basketball in the city.
The Maguire University Campus is Located at Kelly’s Pub
949 West Webster Avenue – at the corner of Sheffield and Webster in Chicago
With its perfect location, situated in the very heart of the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Kelly’s Pub has proudly served as the main campus and headquarters of Maguire University since 1988.
The historic pub is owned by John and Polly Kelly, who also happen to be celebrated alumni of Maguire! Kelly’s Pub is among Chicago’s most well-known establishments – it’s been featured in films, documentaries and several other forms of media many times over the years.
Chicago history buffs may recall that Kelly’s Pub was actually the first pub to open in the post-prohibition era. Legend has it that it was at Kelly’s Pub where bank robber John Dillinger stopped in to enjoy a couple of drinks just before meeting his demise a few blocks away at the Biograph Theater.
Kelly’s Is A Classic
Friendly neighborhood gathering place that still features its original back bar and distinctive cabinetry.
The pub is typically filled with a diverse clientele of Chicagoans drawn to the great atmosphere and a huge selection of bottled and draft beers, weekly drink specials, delicious pub fare and spacious beer garden in the summertime. Plus – and this is very important for the Maguire University team – there are 14 large television screens for watching NCAA basketball games!
Maguire University Hall of Fame Members
Listed by Year of Induction
|Matt Church||Jim Dillon|
|Arthur S Duffy|