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Four Moon: The neighborhood bar is alive and well in Roscoe Village

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Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

Part of the fun of being The Chaser is the fact that everyone I meet points me to a new bar I've never tried. The conversations usually go like this: 

New Acquaintance: "Let me get this straight. You write about bars? And drinking? For work?"
The Chaser: "Yes, that is basically accurate." 
New Acquaintance: "Huh. Tough job." 
The Chaser: "I know. Actually, my mom's a little worried about the drinking aspect."
New Acquaintance: "So I guess you've been to my favorite place. The Springtime Saloon?" (Note: The Springtime Saloon is a fictional spot created for the purposes of this blog entry. But wouldn't you just adore a bar with such a winning name?) 
The Chaser: "Nope. Where is it?" 
New Acquaintance: "What? You've never heard of the Springtime Saloon? That is insane. Come on. It's right down the street from me in Wrigleyville. They have like, the best beer list in town, and their patio is completely abloom with petunias." 
The Chaser: "I love petunias. I'll check out this Springtime Saloon immediately, if you feel so strongly about it. In fact, let's go now." 

That's how I came to discover Four Moon Tavern earlier this week. A fellow journalist invited me to do a speaking gig at his Columbia College magazine writing class (I jump at any chance to mold young minds), and afterwards, the two teachers and two speakers discussed where we might enjoy an end-of-semester brew. We considered at least four spots before settling on Four Moon, a decision based on a conversation almost identical to the one above (insert Four Moon for Springtime Saloon and Roscoe Village for Wrigleyville). 

Here's what I liked about Four Moon (which did make our 100 Best Bars list this year): it's on an actual neighborhood corner, surrounded by real houses. There's no convoluted agenda; it's not a dance-club-slash-hunting-lodge-slash-tapas-bar. Our fellow drinkers were an all-ages, all-kinds-of-Chicago group. The beer list was impressive as promised (my friend and fellow writer is an amazingly snobbish beer drinker who kept ordering tastes of everything on tap, then wrinkling his nose or raising his brows in approval). The bratwurst...well, yum. 

Four Moon is the kind of bar that The Creative Director is always lamenting the disappearance of in Chicago--a real, uncontrived neighborhood place tucked away on some leafy side street and populated mostly by people who live within a six-block radius. 

Is he right? What's your own personal Springtime Saloon--the spot you can't believe I've never heard of but kind of wish I wouldn't write about? Tell me if you dare. I promise not to spread the word beyond the select readership of this popular city magazine and its highly trafficked website. 

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