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Beer Story: How Did Our Area Become A Beer Neighborhood?

By Meryl Williams

It’s a fact: Our area has become a Beer Neighborhood. In some ways, Lincoln Square, Northcenter, and Ravenswood seemed almost destined to be Chicago’s premier beer neighborhood. So which came first: the beer or the beer-drinker?

Craft Beer Week: What’s on Tap Around the ‘Hood

By Patty Wetli

In just its third year, Chicago Craft Beer Week has become such a popular event, seven days can’t contain the excitement. The “week” now runs for a whopping 11 days, May 17-27, and that still isn’t enough time to hit up the more than 200 participating venues and special events. Lincoln Square has been lumped Read the Rest…

Craft Beer Lovers Warm Up to Winter Brew

By Patty Wetli

“Who drinks Miller Lite anymore?” Certainly not Derek Lindskog, one of the lucky 525 craft beer lovers who snagged a coveted ticket to the inaugural Winter Brew, held last Saturday at DANK Haus. A joint effort of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Square Kegs Home Brew Club, Winter Brew was, by all Read the Rest…

Winter Brew Tickets on Sale, Still Time to Enter Home Brew Contest

By Patty Wetli

May Fest, German-American Fest, Apple Fest. These annual Lincoln Square traditions all started somewhere, just like the inaugural Winter Brew, scheduled for Jan. 28, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave. A partnership between the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Square Kegs Home Brew Club, Winter Brew aims to Read the Rest…

Red Lion Snags Liquor License, What’s on Tap?

By Patty Wetli

The wait is over. For those longing to belly up to the Red Lion‘s oh-so inviting bar and order a pint, your moment has arrived. The British-style pub, at 4749 N. Rockwell Ave., is finally in possession of its highly anticipated liquor license and is ready to start pouring pints. “We’re still getting set up Read the Rest…

West Lakeview Liquors: A Vast Collection of Booze

By Anna Roberts

West Lakeview Liquors is to liquor stores as High Fidelity’s Championship Vinyl is to record stores: Inventory so vast and varied it boggles the mind managed by a staff whose knowledge and passion is contagious. And it’s very well organized. A little too organized for owner Kristina Bozic’s liking. Currently, the setup at 2156 W. Addison Read the Rest…

Fast Food (and Drink)

By Patty Wetli

A quick take on the local restaurant scene. The Square Kegs Home Brew Club is hosting “Pairings in the Plaza” on Saturday, July 16, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Local restaurants and breweries will join forces in Giddings Plaza, sampling food and beers and offering advice on how to play matchmaker between the two. Participants include Bistro Campagne, Read the Rest…

Tonight: Local Cask Night At Fountainhead

By Patty Wetli

Chicago Craft Beer Week is nearing its end. If you haven’t had a chance to participate yet, there are still loads of great events on tap. If you’ve already done plenty of imbibing, what’s one more pint, or five? Tonight, check out Local Cask Night at Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose), 4-7 p.m. Local brewers Half Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Parents Group Urges Return to Recess [Chicago Tribune] Make Reservations Now at Prix Fixe for Easter Sunday [Metromix] Do Aldermen Have Too Much Power Over Small Businesses? [WBEZ] Craft Beers Surging in Popularity [Chicago Tribune] Ravenswood’s Story Studio Opens New Writing Center in Winnetka [Wilmette Life] Free Stuff Tuesday! Ravenswood Run 5K! [Chicago Now] Hazel Read the Rest…

Square Kegs Kicks Off Beer Appreciation Season

By Victoria Wiedel

Over 60 craft beer and home brew enthusiasts gathered at Red Lion Pub (4749 N. Rockwell Street) on March 10 to taste, talk and tantalize each other with homemade concoctions and stories of yeast experiments gone horribly awry. The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce sponsored what they called the kick-off to a series of events Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

The Chicago Journal has info on how to appeal your tax bill since Northcenter was one of the neighborhoods with an increase in property taxes last year. Chicago tribune reports on the success of Steven Yuen; Second City alumnus and Lincoln Square resident in the AMC’s new series, The Walking Dead. Crain’s says that Pay-To-Play is affecting Chicago’s Beer Market, including Read the Rest…

Five Questions with Doug and Tracy Hurst

By Brad Bretz

Editor’s Note: We want to get to know our neighbors, so we picked five questions to ask each of them. Feel free to ask them your own questions in the comments. Or submit your own responses on our submissions page. Doug & Tracy Hurst have lived and worked in the neighborhood for 11 years.  They Read the Rest…

Metropolitan Brewing

By Laura Pearson

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