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 29, 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


Another Dew Chilli Parlor is opened at 720 S 5th Street and is called Dew Chilli Parlor No. 2

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

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.


The Dew Chilli Parlor moves to a new location behind the downtown post office. Joe buys out his partner and closes the 11th Street location.


Rita Maurer starts working at Dew Chilli Parlor as a waitress, she will become Joes only trusted recipe holder of Dew Chilli secret recipe.

July 2, 1949

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

Joe Bocklemann closes the 720 S 5th Street and moves the Dew Chilli Parlor No. 2 to 1216 S 5th Street, where he tore off the old porch and built a café on the front of his house.

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

Permanent Location

After 44 years the Post Office Court location (Dew Chilli No.1) is closed leaving only one Dew Chilli Parlor.



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.


The Roberts Family enjoys Dew Chilli Parlor in 1986. Their son Mark will revive the Dew Chilli Parlor from its hiatus 2012.

Roberts Family at Dew Chilli

A temporary Hiatus

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

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.
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)
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.
September 2, 2013

Dew on Wheels

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

Above: Owners Mark and Chandra Roberts
August 28 , 2017

John Leskovisek and Mike Monseur purchases the Dew Chilli Parlor from Mark Roberts III. Menu items to be added immediately is the new Deway Spaghetti Dish and the biggest change is beans removed from the Chilli to bring it back to the original recipe. With expansion plans in Illinois they decide to open two new locations in Springfield and one in Pekin Illinois. This will be the first step for the Dew Chilli Parlor to leave its roots out of its beloved home town of Springfield.

John and Mike in front of Dew Chilli Parlor
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