Category: Craft beer bars

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Grab a Growler at Motor Row Brewing

During this time of quarantine and self-distancing, there are still ways to help local breweries. I visited Motor Row Brewing before this dreadful crisis kicked in, but let me begin by sharing that the brewery will continue to sell growlers from 12-1 pm Monday through Friday. The staff suggests calling before you head over at 312-624-8149.... Read more »
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Pub Royale — come for the food, stay for the beer

I enjoy surprises, particularly favorable ones. I found out about Pub Royale while perusing places to eat near Fatpour before the Revolution Brewing party in January. Little did I know this Indian/British establishment is a beer lover’s paradise. That ambience though Upon entry, I was welcomed and immediately took in all the grandeur. There are many... Read more »

Deep Wood Series Preview Party at Fatpour

I decided it was time to attend a Deep Wood Series preview party to avoid trying to drink all the exceptional beers at the Revolution Brewing release. It’s a good thing I did since I had to bail on the January event. I chose the preview party at Fatpour Tap Works in Wicker Park since this... Read more »

Metal and Burgers and Beer, Oh My!

Kuma’s Corner is celebrated for their killer burgers and heavy metal music theme. Even the burgers show this with names like Iron Maiden and Slayer.  Admittedly, I have yet to indulge in one. What keeps me coming back is their solid beer menu. Imperial Brown Ale on a Beautiful Day I headed to the patio at Kuma’s Corner... Read more »
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A Milwaukee Daycation

Milwaukee is a hidden jewel less than two hours from Chicago. Both cities have similarities including outstanding breweries, buzzworthy restaurants, and a prime location along Lake Michigan. It’s an easy daycation from Chicago, even if you don’t want to drive because you can take a bus or train. Goals For The Day I had four... Read more »