Tag: downtown Chicago

Catch a Flight at The Florentine

There are so many breweries and craft beer bars in Chicago that it’s easy to overlook a venue tucked away inside a hotel. I’m ecstatic to have discovered The Florentine, located inside JW Marriott Chicago, thanks to the Activate events hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance. The Florentine is sophisticated, open, and inviting with a... Read more »

Get Crafty at Bulldog Ale House

I discovered this newish venue by sheer accident due to the Lollapalooza takeover and so delighted I did. For starters, Bulldog Ale House (State Street location) has a killer patio, allowing you to hone your people watching skills. The wind was out of control during my visit, but not enough to make me move inside;... Read more »

Beer and Tunes at Millenium Park

Who doesn’t love sitting under the stars at the magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavilion with live music entertaining your eyes and ears? I make every effort to attend each and every one of the live music series at Millenium Park because they are so enjoyable. I sign up for their events on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MillenniumParkChicago/ Pros Free admission... Read more »
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Location is Everything at Sweetwater Tavern

Sweetwater Tavern has a prime location on the Mag Mile with recently upgraded patios facing Michigan Avenue and Lower East South Water. The booths are roomy, adorned with lovely planters, and you will likely forget you’re in the middle of chaotic Michigan Avenue. While the venue is consistently abuzz, you will feel relaxed once you are positioned... Read more »

Let Your Eyes do the Talking at Ballast Point

I got wind of San Diego’s Ballast Point opening a brewpub in Chicago and I couldn’t stop panting when I read they had a rooftop patio. Summer is here, which means being outside as much as possible with a beer in tow. Bonus points for a patio that offers eye-level captures of the city’s skyscrapers.... Read more »

Get Energized with ACTIVATE and Lagunitas

My absolute favorite summer event is ACTIVATE Chicago. This pop-up fete involves art installations, music, booze, and then some. The season kicked off along the Riverwalk, which was distinctly transformed utilizing lampshades, a disco ball, murals, and balloons. Words cannot describe how entertaining the event was and it exceeded my expectations. I was eager to... Read more »
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Rare Beer Find at Monk's Pub

Walking into Monk’s Pub might make you feel as though you have traveled across the pond. Everything about this venue reminds me of some of the places I visited in Europe. Despite the fact that TVs are in place, you won’t even know what’s playing because there is so much to look at. I was... Read more »

Tiny Tapp Graces the Riverwalk

  This past Thursday, I stumbled upon a bar on the Riverwalk called Tiny Tapp. Trust me when I say there is nothing tiny about this gem. The views of the Chicago River and background architecture can’t be beaten, and it’s an excellent place to brush up on your people watching skills. There are a... 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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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 »