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Chirish Eyes Are Smiling | An Tour of St. Paddy 's Day Specials and Events

Chirish Eyes Are Smiling | An Tour of St. Paddy 's Day Specials and Events
[Chris Jones of Wagstaff Worldwide offers this amazing collection of St. Paddy's Day activities - beer, mixology, food, and more!] Chicagoans’ enthusiasm for St. Patrick’s Day is unmatched, as the city celebrates with two parades, river dyeing, and Irish food and drink. Chicago hotels, restaurants, and bars fuel the festivities with events and deals to keep the party going from Downtown Parade Day (March 11) through St. Paddy’s Day proper (March 17). From Lucky Charms-inspired cocktails to new—and traditional—takes on corned beef, here are some of the city’s top spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day...

Sox vs. Cubs: The Crosstown Classic (pizza battle) at HVAC Pub

Sox vs. Cubs: The Crosstown Classic (pizza battle) at HVAC Pub
Chicago loves its pizza –that’s pretty well known.  Chicago also loves its sports. But, when it comes to baseball we are a city divided, and it’s been that way for over a century. Indeed, 2016 marks the 110th anniversary of the only World Series version of the Crosstown Classic, a Cubs-Sox Showdown with the “Hitless Wonders” White... Read more »

The Barrel: A Chicago & Illinois Craft Beer Dive Bar

The Barrel: A Chicago & Illinois Craft Beer Dive Bar
Chicago Craft Beer Week, or #CCBW, is an annual celebration of Chicago and Illinois craft beer. Throngs of beer enthusiasts flood Chicago area breweries and events at the end of May. But, the party doesn’t have to end there. At The Barrel (2015 S. Damen, Chicago, Il), the celebration of #CCBW is a daily occurrence.... Read more »
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Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer
Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs, Il is about to celebrate two years of brewing. A small-batch brewery, they provide beer drinkers with new surprises almost every week or two. In fact, one of the best parts of going to Imperial Oak is checking out the website prior to visiting, or scanning the large chalk... Read more »

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher
One of the coolest bars in Chicago, with some of the best wings around, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St.) has collaborated with Geneva’s Penrose Brewing to create Patio Crusher, an exclusive wheat pale ale with zested citrus. The beer arrived on May 12th at Jake’s and will be around for the summer. Jake Melnick’s... Read more »

Vice District Brewing - Chicago's South Loop

Vice District Brewing - Chicago's South Loop
In the distant southern shadow of the Willis Tower, on Michigan Ave, lies Vice District Brewing, a brewery that dares to be a little bitter – English Bitter, Scottish Bitter, Double IPA bitter. I’m not talking about bitter that makes one scrunch up one’s face; I’m talking about an exercise in balance that makes bitterness... Read more »
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Drink Great Beer, Help Defeat Prostate Cancer

Drink Great Beer, Help Defeat Prostate Cancer
Drink beer. Help defeat prostate cancer. That’s the deal. On Saturday, March 12th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Chicago’s Pinstripes Bistro will host brewers from Half Acre, Off Color, Goose Island, Solemn Oath, and more at its River East location (435 E Illinois St). They’ll compete against each other in an elimination bocce ball tournament while... Read more »

Bell's & Founders Tap Takeovers: The legacy of the Michigan-Chicago craft community

Bell's & Founders Tap Takeovers: The legacy of the Michigan-Chicago craft community
The genesis of Michigan’s modern craft-brewing boom occurred well before it arrived in Chicago, which largely got going in the last ten, if not five years. In the middle to late 1990s, Goose Island existed as one of the few breweries in Chicago who were brewing something a little different…and they remained pretty lonely for quite a while.... Read more »

The Cube at Standard Market: Craft Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Much More.

The Cube at Standard Market: Craft Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Much More.
There are a lot of places one can sit down and indulge in a little imbibing these days. But, if you are looking for something a little different, try “The Cube” at Standard Market, located in both Westmont and Naperville. As it notes on their website, “The CUBE is our Wine, Beer & Cheese Bar,... Read more »
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Miskatonic Brewing - Darien, Illinois: Interview & Review

Miskatonic Brewing - Darien, Illinois: Interview & Review
Miskatonic Brewing in Darien, Illinois brews beers best described by one word – unforgettable. Trust me. I know. A week before Thanksgiving, I had a night to myself to finally enjoy a beer or two (or three). I had just finished a long week of writing for the magazine and a slew of other “bill-paying”... Read more »
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