The slow reopening from social isolation is going on, virus willing. Mayor Lightfoot announced Friday that bars and restaurants in Chicago would be able to open for limited indoor seating on Friday, the 26th. This date is also the soonest that the rest of Illinois will be able to enter the Phase 4 recovery stage, so watch for more suburban spots to expand service, too. Original article from Block Club Chicago.
I mentioned the return of Conrad Seipp Brewing, coming up next week. Now another retro brand has appeared this week. Thornton Lager Beer, which was last made 89 years ago at the current site of Thornton Distillery, is now being made in collaboration with Evil Horse Brewing. The namesake brewery was built in 1857, drawing water from an artesian well, and went under several different names before shutting down due to Prohibition… and being one of the brewers that were in fact taken over by Capone's crew.