The past decade has seen beer go from mass produced, yellow, fizzy stuff to the craft beer explosion we are all witnessing today. Much of that development can be traced back to the Midwest, where a handful of breweries have made inroads for all the new brewers that seem to be popping up across the country. Locally Brewed profiles 20 of those breweries, providing great stories and photos throughout the book. It’s a good read that will look nice on your bar next to your next local craft beer of choice.
The Jimmy | Gold Coast - Chicago, IL.
Behind a velvet rope, a hidden door, a very tall doorman, and two steel curtains lies The Jimmy, a cocktail lounge that feels like it was transported straight from 1970.
Cool without being trendy, and classy without being stuffy, The Jimmy is a smaller lounge (only about 40 seats) that understands the importance of a good conversation and a stiff drink.
The entrance to The Jimmy is located inside Burke’s Bacon Bar.
Dimo’s Pizza | Wicker Park - Chicago, IL.
S’mores Pizza. Chicken and Waffles Pizza. Lasagna Marinara Pizza.
Do I have your attention?
Dimo’s Pizza, formerly Ian’s Pizza, has a knack for putting your favorite blogger’s food on a pizza pie.
Their hours are listed as 11AM-Late which is code for, “when you are drunk and walking home stop in and get a regret slice.”
Finally, a pizza place that “gets me.”
Bang Bang Pie Shop | Logan Sq. - Chicago, IL.
Another great shop on the ‘Popular Pays’ app. Bang Bang Pie boasts handmade pies and warm cider, perfect on a cold day.
I need to go back soon to try something off of their ‘Biscuit Diner Menu’ as I am a sucker for any place that serves breakfast sandwiches all day.
Gaslight Coffee Roasters | Logan Sq. - Chicago, IL.
Located on the corner of Milwaukee and Fullerton, Gaslight roasts their own beans about 15ft from the register.
The store gets beautiful natural light all day long and has plenty of seating for those long sessions with HULU Plus.