Category: Brewpub/Bar Review

There are thousands of brewpubs, tap rooms, or just plain bars around Chicago. I can't get to them all, but I'll try to have something to say about the ones I do get to.

Craft Beer Options Expand at White Sox Park

Craft Beer Options Expand at White Sox Park
I’ve been hoping to get out to a White Sox game and check out the craft beer options they added last year. And their PR people have been offering to have me out as a guest. So, as it turns out, I’m finally able to take them up toward the end of the season. But... Read more »

Bar Hopping: Fox & Hound Sports Tavern, Aurora

Bar Hopping: Fox & Hound Sports Tavern, Aurora
You and I know how far this craft beer thing is reaching. It’s not just the new brewers spring up every single day of the year. Not just the established beer bars being joined by old “shot & a beer: joints in sprucing up their beer menus… although I admit a bit of satisfaction at... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Urban Legend's beers and taproom

Craft Beer Review: Urban Legend's beers and taproom
2018 Update: The brewery has changed its name twice; first to Myths and Legends, and now to Whiskey Hill Brewing Co. Same location. Sunday was one of those rare occasions when I actually get out to visit an establishment and try some new beers. So I’m writing it up as soon as I can. Urban... Read more »
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Ramping up to HQ Beercade's Pinball Expansion

Ramping up to HQ Beercade's Pinball Expansion

So I didn’t get out to many events at Chicago Craft Beer Week. Working temp jobs and a family at home will do that to you. But I did get an intriguing invitation that I could squeeze in some time to check out.

Headquarters Beercade is one of those new places in town that combines two of my loves: good beer and old arcade games. I know they hold a warm places in many of your hearts, too. There’s even the long in the works Arcade Brewery whose whole design sense is wrapped around the old 8-bit aesthetic. I had not been there, nor to Headquarters’ competitor, the Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922). Until I got an invite to Headquarters expansion, with a new pinball gallery, at a soft opening Thursday, the 23rd...

Stopping by the South Loop's Square One

Stopping by the South Loop's Square One
So, while everyone else has gone to the Great American Beer Festival, I'm holding the fort down here in Chicago. No, that doesn't sound very plausible, does it? Okay, then. What happened is I had an interview downtown this week, and thought I'd cap it off by visiting one of several places to which I've been invited as a beer writer. Square One (1400 S. Michigan Ave.) is a new combination of neighborhood bar and "light bites" place in the South Loop. Since, as a suburbanite, anything between Roosevelt and the Sox Park Red Line stop is Terra Incognita. This is the area, though, that planners want to link with the redevelopment in Bronzeville to create an avenue of retail and dining all the way north from McCormick Place, a few blocks west of where the Daleys lived for a while. This is where Square One has set up as a public space for residents...

Having a few at Maria's Community Bar

Having a few at Maria's Community Bar
First off, some of us ChicagoNow bloggers have been a-giggle over a website, I Write Like, which purports to analyze samples of your writing and tell you which author’s style yours most resembles. So I pasted in my article about 5 Rabbits changing their contract brewer, and I was told it was written in the... Read more »
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