US - Great Lakes Chicago - In the loop

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by sjstraub, May 30, 2018.

  1. sjstraub

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    Did some digging and didn't see anything recent so figured I would post this.

    I've got a client into beer (well, into ipas - loves sip of sunshine) who I'm meeting for a drink in downtown Chicago next week Wed. He's at a hotel in the loop and I'll be taking the train down from Milwaukee, so no car.

    Any recs for us? Would love a spot to eat and drink. Initially thinking publican, which seems close enough.
     
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  2. ClCardinal84

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    The Publican is always a great choice for food and vav . Cruz Blanca has incredible beers top to bottom and delicious mexican street food (tacos, etc). FWIW, Ballast Point just opened a huge new brewery and taproom/restaurant in the West Loop. I can't say anything about it though because I've yet to go.
     
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  3. Ferowcious

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    I'll recommend Villains and Flo & Santos, both in the South Loop. Good food and beer at both. If you go to Flo & Santos, get the pork wings. The pierogi is very enjoyable too.
     
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  4. vav

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    Hey sup, reach out if you need Pub resos
     
  5. sjstraub

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    Will do. Thanks.
     
  6. capnmike

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    You/your client willing to take a 10 minute Uber? Forbidden Root is high on the hazy IPA hype list locally - they usually have a variety of styles and guest taps too, and the food is good.
     
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  7. sjstraub

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    Thanks capn.

    I would be. I'll ask him. Maybe after dinner.
     
  8. ASUBeer

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    Timely thread. I’ll be staying in the loop next week for 3 days for work. If anyone has any other brewery/bar/restaurant Recs, I’d love to hear them.
     
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  9. capnmike

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    Let me/us know if you have time for lunch/dinner/post-work drinks!
     
  10. ASUBeer

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    Monday (6/11) I’ll Definitely have time for afternoon or post work drinks and dinner. I’ll drop you a PM. I wasn’t sure if any TBers were in that area.
     
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  11. capnmike

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    (Just watched a bunch of Napoleon Dynamite clips)

    Freakin A, I’m working at home M-Tu to take my kid to camp while my wife goes to work.

    Keep me posted! W?
     
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  12. sjstraub

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    I mapped shit out. My client's depositions got moved so my trip moved back, but maybe this will help you.


    (Link to media)


    If this Google map link doesn't work, pm me.
     
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  13. ASUBeer

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    It worked. Thanks a bunch for sharing that.

    One last question - my training is in Willis Tower and I’m staying close by. Are places like The French Market and Magnificent Mile walkable?
     
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  14. capnmike

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    French Market is - if you're free for lunch or drinks W, that's the building I work in!

    I mean, Mag Mile is too, if it's nice and you've got 30+ minutes.
     
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  15. ASUBeer

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    capnmike do you work in Willis Tower or ‘W’ ? I have no idea what W is btw.
     
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  16. sjstraub

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    Wednesday
     
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  17. capnmike

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    Sorry, I work in the building attached to the French Market.

    And yes, W = Wednesday - are you still around that day?
     
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  18. ASUBeer

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    I’m around Wednesday but I’m supposed to be in the training from 8:30am-5:00pm and then fly out that evening. My best bet is that the training wraps up early and I can get pre-flight drunk.
     
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  19. capnmike

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    Sweet - I should be flexible to head out on a moment's notice if that happens. I'll reply in the PM with my cell.
     
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  20. lurchingbeast

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    I think you're meeting at the W Hotel. Very romantic views of the city and lake.