Category: Craft beer bars

A howling good time!

A  howling good time!
I don’t recall ever spending Halloween in the Loop, as I have always celebrated in Boystown. I wanted to do something different after seeing ads about Arts in the Dark. I ended up being downtown most of the weekend and experienced a fang-tastic time. I had three goals — eat, drink, and be scared. Parade... Read more »

Rockford gets CRE8IV

Rockford gets CRE8IV
I was thrilled when I heard about an annual mural festival that Go Rockford puts on. After seeing photos on Instagram, I booked a day trip to the “City of Gardens.” Bonus points for most of the murals being within walking distance of one another. Three Chicago-based artists have contributed including Stuk One, Sam Kirk,... Read more »

Everything's fine and dandy

Everything's fine and dandy
As soon as I noticed the incredible art and patio at Dandy Crown, I had to contain my enthusiasm before going inside. I arrived the moment they opened so I could be picture happy without being intrusive. I had glimpses of what was to come from social media, so I hoped to have the place to... Read more »
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Buck's is a five-star in my book

Buck's is a five-star in my book
I will never forget the day I decided to look over the beer menu at Buck’s Four Star Grill. During that initial visit, I knew I would be a fan for life. I’m not one to hang out in the touristy areas of downtown; however, I will never outgrow Buckingham Fountain. Here are the reasons... Read more »

Where Chicagoans drink beer

Where Chicagoans drink beer
I’m wildly excited that Chicago has fully opened back up (YAY!). So, I decided to get nosey and ask some local Instagrammers where they like to drink beer. First of all, I commend several of them for saying they gave up alcohol. Those who still imbibe were more than willing to share some of their... Read more »

Hopleaf is back in business!

Hopleaf is back in business!
It was comforting to return to Hopleaf, a staple of mine when I lived in the neighborhood. The bar closed for about five months, and it’s such a relief to see them back in business. For those who remain skeptical about indoor dining, Hopleaf has a charming patio in the back. I chose a perfect... Read more »
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Spring brought the return of Kasey's Tavern

Kasey’s Tavern is a popular sports bar in the Printer’s Row neighborhood. I, along with many other customers, have been anxiously awaiting those boarded windows to open. The exciting announcement came through social media with the bar’s reopening on March 22, 2021. Kasey’s captured my heart the first time I stepped through those vintage doors... Read more »

First Draft will leave you coming back for more

The pandemic has been brutal on everyone, including businesses trying to survive with closures and reduced capacity. I’m still not game for sitting indoors at a bar or restaurant; therefore, I have become a winter badass looking for accessible patios. First Draft is a winner! A recent experience was delightful at a favorite venue in... Read more »

UNDONE, live at Pilsen Yards

Physical art shows are so yesterday, at least in today’s world. While Artist Replete operates as an online art gallery, I bet they prefer in-person when it comes to shows. Regardless, it’s a thrill they are hosting their first virtual art show, UNDONE, featuring artists Jenny Vyas and Rawooh. Artist Replete is here for artists Artist Replete... Read more »
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Jerry's is back in Andersonville (and it's blue)

I will never forget that dreaded day when I saw a post on Jerry’s Facebook page stating they would close for a major remodel, only to learn they would not be reopening. Jerry’s Sandwiches had always been my go-to place in Andersonville due to their tropical patio design and stellar tap list. Note — Jerry’s Sandwiches... Read more »