Croatia lost the World Cup final. At a North Side club, that didn't matter much.

Before Nikola Simunovic was vice president of the Javor Croatian National Hall, he was president. Before he was president, he was a member. Mr. Simunovic has spent a meaningful chunk of his 81 years in the brick and glass-block building situated on a patch of North Side asphalt, at the intersection of East and Foreland streets.

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