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gregory gettman
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Username: Gregman

Post Number: 738
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2010 - 06:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So were off to Chicago in two days. Can't wait to see some old friends there. Does anyone have a can't miss brewpub spot to visit? Or how about any foodie Gastropubs? Thanks Greg
 

Alec
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Username: Pdxal

Post Number: 85
Registered: 03-2009
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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010 - 04:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Goose Island, just stating the obvious.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12014
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Posted From: 24.141.101.115
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Stop at the Map Room, one of the two or three best beer bars in North America. It's also within walking distance or a relatively short cab or bus ride from several brewpubs.
 

Chris Clements
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Username: Clem

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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010 - 12:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Hop Leaf is stellar too. There is an abundance of great beer in Chicago that comes from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

The Map Room always has a beer on the Engine!
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12015
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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010 - 03:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don't forget Wisconsin, too, although Illinois distribution laws and practices have led some breweries to conclude it's not worth marketing there.
 

Jeff Rankert
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Username: Hopfenundmalz

Post Number: 246
Registered: 06-2008
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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010 - 09:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you want to try a gastropub, try the Publican. Bring some $$$, as it is more Gastro than Pub.

The Rock Bottom is pretty good, though Pete Crowley left to start his own place. Still may be good. Pete's new place is the Haymarket Brewpub, though it may not be open yet.

Map Room is my favorite. Revolution Brewing a little farther north near Logan Square had good food and beer on our short visit.
 

Mike Vachow
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Username: Mike

Post Number: 201
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Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 02:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you find yourself rusticated to the far northern suburbs, I recommend The Firkin, in Libertyville. It's a beer bar with an impressive number of well tended taps, but the menu is what really puts it in the "go out of your way" category, in my opinion. Check it out here: The Firkin, Libertyville. An actual brewpub, Mickey Finn's, right across the street in Libertyville, makes good beers, but the fare is basic bar food.

Someone in the Firkin ownership also has some kind of New Orleans connection, which not only explains the good food but also the great music that consistently plays at the pub. The atmosphere also strikes a nice balance between festive and comfortable. Somebody with a great eye for design dressed the place.

I'd put The Hopleaf in many of the same categories as The Firkin, although I'll admit I haven't been there since the smoking ban went into effect in Cook County. Before then, the place attracted many of the "leave one burning while you're eating" crowd--the hipster variety as opposed to the train-hopping.

I recommend the original Goose Island pub on Clybourn over the Wrigleyville pub. Food at Goose is haute pub, high quality but nothing you haven't seen before. The beer is awesome at Map Room, but as of about 2006, you had to order in your own food; there are good options around Bucktown.

The Clark Street Ale House is my respite when dragged to the Miracle Mile by friends/spouse with shopping missions. Good beers on tap including an always well-chosen cask beer--no food, though, but plenty of eateries nearby.

Mike
St. Louis
 

gregory gettman
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Username: Gregman

Post Number: 740
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Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Rock Bottom was fantastic. What a great little chain out here. Every beer was good and close to style. Lots to choose from. Food was also great.

Goose Island was not so good IMHO. Cascades in every beer? I could not tell the difference between three different beers?
 

Alec
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Username: Pdxal

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Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 - 06:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds like some places out here in the Pacific NW, Greg.
Rock Bottom is a chain and all over the place, but they have some good brewers working for them.
If you want some real beer, come out here to Portland and we'll really hook you up.
Cheers.
Alec
 

Vance Barnes
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Post Number: 4014
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Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Isn't there a pizza place brepub, name escapes me but think it starts with an O in Chicago? The one I'm thinking of has gotten rave reviews in the past. Since nobody has mentioned it I'm wondering if it's still there?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12044
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Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 04:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You're thinking of Piece, which has both good pizza and good beer. It's also just about a 5-minute walk from the Map Room.
 

Pete Mazurowski
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Post Number: 439
Registered: 07-2003
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Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 06:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just got back from Chicago yesterday, but unfortunately we had no time to venture into the city for any fun. I was out in St Charles the whole time, but did get to drink some Goose Island while I was there.
 

Zel
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Username: Zel

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Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 04:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Probably too late, but I'll vouch for Piece, too. Great pizza and good beer from what I remember. And you might run into Rick Nielsen, assuming he is still part owner.
 

Dave Witt
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Post Number: 1474
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Posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pete, did you happen to stop by the Homebrew Shop in St Charles, right on Main St.? A buddy of mine owns it and it's pretty much the best HB shop I know of around Chicagoland.
 

Pete Mazurowski
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Username: Pete_maz

Post Number: 440
Registered: 07-2003
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Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 05:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Dave. No, I wasn't even aware there was one there. We did have a night out at the Beehive right there on Main, so it looks like I could have thrown a rock and hit it. Maybe next time...