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Since 1909, The Dew Chilli Parlor has had a rich history – just like our chilli! Our story is ever on-going, but if you want to learn about our roots, check out the timeline below.
March 30, 1909
The Dew Chilli Parlor opens for business in 1909 serving America's finest Tavern Style Chilli, located at 607 South 11th St.

Above: The interior of the original Dew Chilli Parlor
October 1929

A Pivotal Purchase

Joe Bockelmann finds himself out of a job after the stock market crash and contemplates his future over a bowl of chilli at Fred Crowder's Restaurant. Crowder tells Bockelmann and his friend Nickey McNerny that he wants to sell the restaurant, so Bockelmann and McNerny decide to buy it.
1930

Relocating: Dew No.2

Bockelmann opens another Dew, Dew No.2, on 720 S. 5th St., and McNerny stays at the original 11th Street location.


Above: Dew Chilli Parlor No. 2 on 720 S. 5th St
1933

Bocklemann takes full ownership of The Dew

Bockelmann buys out McNerny’s piece of the partnership and closes the 11th street location.
1948

Eviction from Post Office Court

Bocklemann's landlord wants to evict the Dew in order to redevelop the old Post Office Court property. Bocklemann works with his landlord to get a two year extension while he builds a restaurant on the front of his home to relocate the Dew No. 2.
July 2, 1949

Dew No. 2 Re-Opens in the front of Bocklemann's House

Bocklemann closes the Post Office Court Dew after being evicted from his landlord, tears off his front porch, and builds the new Dew No.2 right on the front of his house.

Above: The New Dew No.2 on 1216 S. 5th St
December 31, 1954

Permanent Location

The 720 S. 5th location (Dew Chilli No.1) closes, leaving just the one location at 1216 S. 5th.
1974

"Two-Ls-in-Chilli-Day"

Governor Daniel Walker issues a special proclamation to Joe Bockelmann mandating "Two-Ls-in-Chilli Day"

Pictured from left to right: Joe Bockelmann and Governor Daniel Walker. Photo Credit: Sangamon Valley Collection
October 27, 1975

RIP Joe Bocklemann

Joe Bockelmann passes away at the age of 89. He leaves the Dew Chilli Parlor to Rita Maurer Patton, who worked with him for 33 years.

1993

Chilli Capital of the Civilized World

Illinois State Senator Karen Hasara introduces a resolution that proclaims Illinois as the Chilli Capital of the Civilized World and recognizes the spelling as C-H-I-L-L-I.
1995

A temporary Hiatus

The famous Dew closes its doors and serves the last bowl of chilli... for now.
Spring 2013

Renewing the Dew Chilli Parlor

Mark Roberts III, longtime and childhood Dew patron, purchases the 1216 S. 5th building with the intention to revitalize the restaurant. Roberts also purchases the original Dew Chilli recipe from Dr. Joseph Maurer.

From left to right: Dr. Joseph Maurer, Sula Mae Roberts (longtime Dew patron), Mark Roberts III (owner), Mark Roberts Jr. (longtime Dew patron)
September 2, 2013

Dew on Wheels

Our beloved bright orange Dew Chilli Food Truck opens to the public.

Above: Owners Mark and Chandra Roberts
November 10, 2014
The Dew Chilli Parlor No. 3 opens in Springfield's very own White Oaks Mall food court.

Above: Dew No.3 White Oaks Mall location
April 2014

Welcome Home

After an almost 20-year hiatus, The Dew Chilli Parlor re-opens its doors at 1216 S. 5th Street. We welcome you to visit 'The Home of Good Chilli' and savor the smooth taste that Springfield's enjoyed since 1909.
Original dew Chilli Parlor
1216 S. 5th Street
Springfield, ILL 62703
217.679.1910
Mon. - Wed. 10:30a-3p
Thurs. - Fri. 10:30a-7p
Saturday 10:30a - 3p
Closed Sundays
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