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Old 12-16-2009, 02:19 AM   #21
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Been there. I didn't like the bartender, or the general "attitude" of the crowd.(Must be a sign on my age!) Beer selection was good, but I think that Hopleaf has a better one, at least as far as Belgians are concerned.
I went there saturday for the first time, and man was it awesome. Admittedly, it was my birthday, and I went early with 6 people, so we got some tables to ourselves.

Got to try a whole bunch of stuff for the first time. Awesome.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:29 PM   #22
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...yeah the McCarthy Red at Emmetts is gooood, though its been inconsistent in my experience.
I must've gotten a good one, then! Only had it once about this time last year.

The Map Room is a big favorite of my wife and me. We usually hit Silver Cloud first for food, then walk to The Map Room.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:09 PM   #23
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Is there anything downtown in the area of McCormick Place (conference center)? I had heard there's not much around that area unless you hop in a cab.

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:46 AM   #24
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A few blocks west (away from the lake), and a few more north, there might be a few places on south State St or Michigan Ave, though my assumption would be that they are college bars. Hop a (very short) cab ride up to the middle of town to a place called Russian Tea Time. They've got some interesting imports. Baltica 3,5,6,7,8,9,425, etc. Other than that, you've gotta go pretty far north... afaik.

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Is there anything downtown in the area of McCormick Place (conference center)? I had heard there's not much around that area unless you hop in a cab.
I've done a lot of work in that area in the last few years, and the only place that I can think of off the top of my head is at 18th and Michigan, called Kroll's. Good good, a couple of craft beers on tap.
Other than that, you're definitely looking at hopping a cab or getting something to bring back to the hotel.
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There's a great liquor store right across the street from Goose Island's Clyborn brewpub.
Just a couple blocks north of CTA North ave red line stop.

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You're referring to Sam's. Great selection, and pretty knowledgable staff, including some very good beer-geeks. I believe that a member here works there, also.

Whole Foods (which has a surprisingly good selection) and Binny's, with a selection just as good as Sam's, are a lot closer though.

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The Sam's by 355 and I88 just got turned into a Binny's. Is that the case for all of them?
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The Sam's by 355 and I88 just got turned into a Binny's. Is that the case for all of them?
It may be. I was just at what used to be Sam's in Lincoln Park, and it's now a Binny's.
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I'm pretty sure I heard on the news that Binny's bought Sam's, although I haven't been to see for myself for since.

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