Category: Grab a beer!

Shop Small Day 211: Four Day Ray Brewing

Over the past several years, I’ve found fantastic small businesses around the Midwest (Fatty Lumpkins… Evil Czech Brewery….Baker’s Wife) while venturing from town to town with my son’s travel baseball team. This year marked the last season for his team as the boys all move on to high school in a couple weeks. Our final... Read more »

Shop Small Day 306: Hardware Gastropub

Let me preface by saying, I am not a foodie. I’m not necessarily picky…I appreciate great food, but I tend fall on the simplistic side. I don’t need fancy ingredients. So, if you’re anything like me…make sure you have “adventurous” eaters with you when you visit Hardware Gastropub. I wouldn’t have ordered 90% of what... Read more »

Shop Small Day 303: Crusade Burger Bar

It’s Friday. Time for a burger and a beer, right? Time to shed the week, shoot some pool, and play a little shuffleboard…and have another beer. Lucky for you, I have just the place. City friends, pack some snacks, we’re heading out to Yorkville again. This time we’re going to Crusade Burger Bar. Relax. This... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 295: Evil Czech Brewery

An often forgotten aspect of green living is shopping small businesses. These are the shops that give our community personality. The owners generally have a passion for what they do and are thrilled when you walk through the door.  In the last Shop Small post (Kimmer’s Ice Cream), I mentioned that I was still pretty... Read more »

Shop Small Day 291: Burritos Mi Tierra

I love finding independent restaurants. If they’re sort of on the dive side (read: comfortable like home- not scary!) with fantastic food- all the better.  It’s probably obvious that Mexican food is one of my favorites (Nueva Leon, Rito’s Mexican Restaurant, Bien Trucha, Delicia), but I can’t believe it took me this long to find... Read more »

Shop Small Day 286: Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe

Now that baseball season is in full swing (ha! get it?!), it means new towns and new (to me) small businesses. A recent game in Burbank led us to a highly recommended restaurant. We were told the food is great and the beer is cold…that was more than enough to influence our group. The recommendation... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 280: Stocking your Super Bowl Party

Forget cooking, cater the meal! Pulled pork, brisket, awesome cornbread, and creamy mac n' cheese are just the beginning of a delicious <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/shop-small-day-148-sharkos-bbq/"target="_blank">Sharko's BBQ</a> meal.
Admitedly, my love for football essentially extends to the snacks.  Though  I won’t miss a Hawks game, I haven’t sat through a televised football game since…maybe never.  That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good Super Bowl party, though.  It’s all about the food, beer, and commercials anyway, right? Regardless of the size of your... Read more »

Shop Small Day 254: International Dinner

A couple of years ago I hosted Christmas Eve for my family. Since it was at my house, I figured I could put a little spin on the menu. So, in my natural “tree-hugging” spirit we created a Peace on Earth/Christmas Around the World International dinner. The meal was less about making sure all of... Read more »

Shop Small Day 243: Chelios' Pub & Grill

Since tickets are a little pricey, and it can get boring watching the game at home, sometimes you need a new spot to view the game. Not necessarily a place where everyone knows your name, but a place where you’ll have company yelling about bad plays, and cheering for great ones. “But there’s no place... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 236: Tailwinds Distilling

Remember when microbrews and craft beers were relatively unknown? In a few years we’ll say the same about craft spirits. Making a name for themselves against the “big boys” -and beating them in many competitions- craft spirits (namely today’s spot) are quickly gaining support. Thanks to a small distillery near my house, I can easily... Read more »