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KAMS is celebrating its 90th anniversary this weekend

A black and white photo of the front of a luncheonette. There is a 1950s style car parked in front, and several people milling around outside.
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The bar that would become the preeminent drinking destination for scores of undergrads (and at times the underaged) began as Kamerer’s Annex in 1933.

A old advertisement for Kamerer Bros. It is black typeface with a portion of the text surrounded by a yellow rectangle.
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You can read a bit of the history of the space, and it’s transition from a luncheonette to the Home of the Drinking Illini on the U of I Beta website.

KAMS is celebrating the anniversary on Saturday, February 11th in conjunction with the Illinois-Rutgers basketball game, with giveaways, commemorative pint glasses, and more nostalgic merch. A photographer will be taking photos to create a new piece of wallpaper for the bar.

I have to say that my memories of my times at KAMS are a fuzzy blob of sticky floors, shots of Goldschlager, and people sweating on me while Tubthumping blasted in my ears. But I’m sure that I had some fun.

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