Bridgeport Bed and Breakfast is established on the two floors above the legendary Polo Café and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A. at 3322 South Morgan Street, just southwest of Chicago's downtown LOOP. It's the latest extension of its personable hospitality which started in 1985 when chef/owner, now innkeep-er, Dave Samber, opened Polo Nuts and Candy, Etc. in a storefront space there. It had long been a candy store/ice cream parlor since this four-story building was first built in 1914 by a Lithuanian named Alex Kupshas. He and his wife and two daughters, Rose and Helen, lived on the second floor front apartment until Alex died in 1929. After he was waked in the living room, then taken out for burial, his family closed that apartment and moved into the small shopkeeper’s apartment on the first floor behind the store where eventually Helen lived alone until she went into a nursing home and her property was sold to Samber. So, until 1984, no one had lived in that second floor front apartment since 1929. It was on Valentine's Day, 1990, during that memorable snowy blizzard, that Polo Café and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A (polocafe.com) had its grand opening . . . and no one came!
Indeed, with an outstanding staff, they’ve come a long way in over 28 years and continue to bring you “Something different . . . something wonderful!” through their many talents and excellence in down-to-Earth Chicago hospitality.
Four 2-3 bedroom suites with private, each decorated with a specific theme of Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood, offer the architectural charm and richly designed trim and crown molding of this unique 97-year-old Brownstone walk-up . . . an ideal arrangement for the Bridgeport Bed and Break-fast. So, depending on who’s sleeping with whom, up to 4 or 6 guests may stay together in each of the different suites. A cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily downstairs in Polo Café’s dining by reserva-tion from 7 until 10 AM, and a Saturday Bloody Mary Brunch a Sunday HALLELUJAH!! Bridgeport GOSPEL BRUNCH are served at 10 AM until 2 PM. Complimentary overnight lighted parking is located at 3330 South Morgan Street. In addition to a $10 breakfast voucher for each night of lodging, each guest receives a 15% discount for other dining in Polo Café and for purchases in its retail gift section during regular business hours (while registered). Most major credit cards, traveler's cheques, and cash are accepted; no personal checks. Photo ID's of all guests are required at check-in. New hi-tech fingerprint security locks are provided on many doors, and the entire building is Wi-Fi at no charge. Livery may be arranged from and to both Midway and O'Hare International Airports at a preferred expense.
The second floor reflects the huge, long-term political legacy of the Bridgeport neighbor-hood. Five mayors of Chicago, Mayors Kelly, Kennelly, Bilandic and the two Daley’s, all Bridgeporters, are honored in the “The Mayors' Suite 2-F” including the stately Richard M. Daley Bedroom accented with Polo green satin swagged drapes and matching bed-spread, featuring a magnificent solid cherry wood, king-size poster bed whose headboard depicts the"Four Stars of Chicago" beneath a custom-made amber blown glass ceiling fan, plus a 50" flat screen plasma TV with DVD/VHS. The Mayors' Guest Bedroom has a full-size bed, and a third bed-room,The Mayors' Detail Bedroom, has a pair of twin beds, all in mahogany Mission style wood.
“The 11th Ward Suite 2-R” focuses on the current 11th Ward alderman, ex-Marine James A. Balcer, his predecessor, Patrick M. Huels, and many other locals who make/made Bridgeport’s 11th Ward their home, and provides a handsome walnut queen-size bed, plus a second bedroom with a pair of twin beds. A 32" flat screen TV with DVD/VHS and comfort-able swivel and rocking/recliner chairs complete the space. (Also in “The Hardscrabble Suite 3-R” below.)
The many components of Bridgeport as a community are reflected in the artwork on the third floor. Only a mile west of U.S. Cellular Field ("Comiskey Park” ) and home of The Chicago White Sox (2005 World Series Champions) American League baseball team, "The Sox Suite 3-F” captures the "Field of Dreams" motif with stylized cornstalks painted on the walls by Chicago artist Jacquelyn A. Harrison, and sayings from "Shoeless" Joe Jacksonand others bring back the Oscar-winning 1989 movie. Classic old Chicago White Sox photos from Jerry Reinsdorf and others also add to the baseball theme. Sleep in a king-size black leather platform bed situated in the middle of a "cornfield" or watch your favorite sports programs on a 52” LCD flat screen TV, you’ll also be treated to the Mary-Frances & Bill Veeck Bedroom with a full-size black leather platform bed, and The Players' Bedroom with a pair of twin beds.
With its picturesque view of 125-year-old St. Mary of Perpetual Help Catholic Church to the north, “The Hardscrabble Suite 3-R” boasts of the many other100+year-old churches, businesses, clubs, taverns, banks and funeral homes which have collectively made Bridge-port Chicago’s oldest neighborhood. Known as the “hardscrabble” of Chicago from 1818, this area was officially named Bridgeport in 1836, and was a rough ‘n tumbling cabbage patch of immigrants, particularly from Poland, Lithuania, Ireland, Italy, Sicily, Croatia, Nor-way, Sweden, and more recently Mexico and China. It offers a queen-size bed, plus a second bedroom with two twin beds. Bridgeport was annexed to the City of Chicago in 1863.
Attached to Polo Café is its elegant “Old Eagle Room" for private events up to 100 guests. It also hosts the magnificent Rodgers 360 Theatre Organ which was voiced on its mezzanine in 2000 by the Godfather of American Theater Organists, the late John Seng. A CD called "Something Different . . . Something Wonderful!" performed by Memphis organist, Tony Thomas, a life-long Seng friend & colleague, debuted in June, 2008 under the newPolo Cafe Records label and is being sold over the Internet for $20/ea, including tax, shipping & handling. Email email@example.com.
Bridgeport Bed and Breakfast is one of Chicago's largest B&B's and is the only one to be part of a restaurant operation with private banquet and meeting space. Advance RESERVATIONS may be made directly at 773-927-1122 or CONTACT US on this website.