Category: Chicago

Beer and a Biscuit at Swill Inn

I have been eagerly anticipating what was going to replace the Paramount Room, one of my old hangouts. The building sits near my beloved B_Line (an ever-changing myriad of murals), so I’m in the area often. I was ecstatic when I spied the eye-catching sign for the Swill Inn. The sign is actually filled with barrel strength... Read more »

Activate Your Summer in the Loop

You know summer has materialized after attending the first Activate, hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance. I’m more thrilled over these pop-up events than the season itself. In my own words, Activate is about locating a secret alley, partying with strangers who are as excited as you, jamming to live music, and being mesmerized by... Read more »

Simone's - Where Art Meets Beer

I have been patronizing Simone’s for about 10 years, so it’s high time I shared a post about them. Simone’s appreciation for the arts and funky decor initially drew me in. They work diligently to showcase local artist’s work throughout the venue right down to the menu. You can even admire a colorful exterior wall while... Read more »
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Frietkoten Took Me Back to Brussels

I have been patronizing the Chicago French Market for years, yet just recently learned about Frietkoten. This quaint little Belgian bar tucked inside the market had me reminiscing about drinking a 12 (quadruple by Westvleteren) at Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels. HOW TO ORDER I arrived upon opening to beat the lunch crowd. The staff was... Read more »

Rare Pipeworks Beer at Tuman's

I decided to make my own Illinois Craft Beer Week events based on places I have been wanting to visit with one exception. When I discovered Tuman’s Tap & Grill was hosting an event offering rare beers from Pipeworks, one of my favorite breweries, attending was a no-brainer. Tuman’s offers 28 tap lines with a... Read more »

Dive in at Local Option

As Joan Jett would say, I love rock ‘n’ roll. Local Option is a solid place to imbibe on first-rate craft beer while listening to legendary soundtracks like Aerosmith. This metal-themed dive bar in Lincoln Park is a great place to play headbanger while salivating over the 25+ unique beers listed on the chalkboard. You would... Read more »
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Excellent Beer & Vegan Tamales in Pilsen

A last minute decision to head to Pilsen rewarded me with the discovery of a kickass brewery. It was a beautiful Sunday and I was excited for the stroll, as I also had street art on my mind. Lo-Rez Brewing turned out to be the kind of place where everyone can feel welcome including yogis,... Read more »

Learn to Pour at Navigator Taproom

Walking into the Navigator Taproom mimics the excitement of a kid entering a candy store. There’s a lot to take in when your eyes start to survey this gleaming, warehouse-style bar. Venue features include large, communal tables, board games, a popcorn machine, a full cocktail bar, and the impressive pouring wall (where the magic happens). The taproom... Read more »

Who's Tapping What This Week

The staff at Bar on Buena took a field trip to one of my favorite Wisconsin breweries, Three (3) Sheeps, which is their featured brewery of the month. Currently on tap – Waterslides IPA and Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout Tapping April 9 – Roll Out the Barrel Chardonnay Barrel-aged Golden Ale (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) Tapping April... Read more »
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Stand-up Bartenders at Ironside Bar & Galley

I continue to be drawn to Ironside Bar & Galley due to the rare, tempting beers on draft. It also doesn’t hurt that the bar is centrally located in the River North “hood.” I recently discovered one of the venue’s greatest assets, bartender Alex Peters. He had me in stitches while serving up some remarkable... Read more »