Tons of Suds at Links Taproom

I was drooling on the way to Links Taproom just thinking about all the suds I had to choose from. I knew it would be a daunting task trying to decide; however, I was up for the challenge. Links is conveniently located right near the Damen blue line stop in the middle of trendy Wicker... Read more »

Where to Drink Craft Beer in Austin

Since travel is my other passion, I decided to start sharing my craft beer destinations with you lovely people. I recently returned from Austin and it did not disappoint in the beer department. I stayed at a hostel downtown, and while there are more bars than you can shake a stick at in this area,... Read more »

Clark Street Cures What Ales You

Step into this casual River North bar and you will immediately feel at home. The venue is warm with exposed brick, high ceilings, and old style images adorning the back wall. The acoustics are perfect and I always enjoy the music selections. There are four TVs located behind the bar and a seasonal beer garden... Read more »
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My Addictions (Blogapalooz-Hour)

On the last Wednesday of every month, ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour.” This is an optional writing exercise in which a topic is given to the bloggers and they have one hour to complete the post. The February 2018 topic: “What are things you can’t go without?” Here is my first stab at a Blogapalooz-Hour:  I... Read more »

Cozy Up to first DRAFT

  first DRAFT is a cozy bar located in the South Loop. It’s easy to cruise right on by, so watch for the cute little wood sign. The venue boasts 64 draft lines and 20+ styles of beer with something for everyone’s palate. I appreciate the wide selection of my favorite styles, namely porters and... Read more »

Rare Beer at Centennial

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This newish bar and eatery in River North is a big hit in my book. The first floor offers exposed brick and a stunning wood bar, and I can’t say enough about the exceptional service. Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery has an outstanding selection of 56 taps including 36 rotating craft beers. Trust me when... Read more »

Franklin Tap - Your Neighborhood Tavern

Behind the unassuming storefront lies a bustling, friendly neighborhood tavern. I bellied up to the bar and knew I was in for a treat after perusing the current tap list. I intended to only have one beer; however, appreciated that wasn’t going to be possible with the great selections staring me in the face. I... Read more »

Line 'em Up at Hopleaf

If you are a Chicagoan and love beer, you have been to Hopleaf Bar. If not, what on earth are you waiting for?! I used to live within walking distance of this stellar bar, which made for many a tipsy night. In fact, I hosted some couchsurfers from Vienna a few years back, and we... Read more »

Vice District Brewing - A Hidden Gem in the South Loop

I had the pleasure of discovering this hidden gem while hanging out in the South Loop. Vice District Brewing offers an unassuming vibe and is a great place to relax for a few hours. The space is industrial-style with garage-style windows that open seasonally. During my visit, the bartender was extremely friendly and helpful when... Read more »

Beer and Frites at Kaiser Tiger

  This West Loop gastropub knows how to do a beer garden. Kaiser Tiger’s impressive outdoor space seats 200 people, and once you arrive, you won’t want to leave. It doesn’t even have to be summer to enjoy it because it has turned into a rink for ice curling. The place was hopping during my... Read more »