WBEZ | bars http://www.wbez.org/tags/bars Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lake County reconsiders 4-year-old ban on video gambling http://www.wbez.org/news/lake-county-reconsiders-4-year-old-ban-video-gambling-108330 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lake Co. Ban_130807_AYC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Lake County officials today reconsidered a four-year-old ban on video gambling.</p><p>The ban has drawn criticism because many bars abut Waukegan, North Chicago and Lake Villa, where video gambling is allowed.</p><p>In 2009, County Board Member Diane Hewitt was on the majority side of the 18-4 vote that banned video gambling in unincorporated areas.</p><p>But Hewitt said she will vote for it this time because she thinks all businesses should have a fair shot at the possible revenue generated by video gambling.</p><p>&ldquo;There is no reason why some establishments are allowed to have video gaming, and use that as an added draw or income for their businesses, and others maybe just across the streets cannot,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>She said the board needs to fix the situation because local businesses are suffering from a decision that might now be outdated.</p><p><br />If approved, businesses with liquor licenses could have up to five machines, and would be subject to a 30% tax on revenue.</p><p>The board will make a final decision on Tuesday, Aug. 13.</p><p><em>Aimee Chen is a WBEZ business reporting intern. Follow her at @AimeeYuyiChen.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lake-county-reconsiders-4-year-old-ban-video-gambling-108330 The Rosie Schaap Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/rosie-schaap-interview-104518 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Rosie.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="Photo by M. Sharkey" />After all the Christmas posts this week, I know you expected me to interview a snowperson (why always a man? Or a woman? Snow gender need not be so definitive!) but instead today I&rsquo;m chatting with someone who will (I hope) not melt away. Cheerful spirits are a key part of the holiday season, so today I&rsquo;m interviewing the author of the upcoming memoir <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Drinking-Men-Memoir-Rosie-Schaap/dp/1594487111">Drinking With Men</a>, </em>a love letter to the bars, pubs, and taverns. She is also contributor to <em>This American Life</em> and npr.org, and writes the monthly <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch/#/Schaap%2C+Rosie/since1851/allresults/1/allauthors/newest/">&quot;Drink&quot; column for The New York Times Magazine.</a> You can learn a lot more about her <a href="http://rosieschaap.com/">here</a>.</div><br /><p><strong>Drinking and writing: do they go together? </strong><br />For some, perhaps, but not for me. A glass of wine to calm my poor nerves and loosen me up a little is fine, but that&rsquo;s about all I can manage and still get work done. I tend to keep the writing and the drinking separate. Conveniently, my best writing hours are between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., so there&rsquo;s no conflict with my best drinking hours.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite thing to eat while you drink? I&rsquo;m not talking about wine/food pairings, I mean happy hour snacks.</strong><br />Pretzels. Macadamia nuts. Charcuterie of many kinds. <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/alain-ducasses-gougeres">Gougères</a>, if I&rsquo;m drinking at the sort of place that has them, which seldom happens. And Cheez Doodles&mdash;that very, very distant cousin of gougères &mdash;are delicious with beer.</p><p><strong>When you travel, do you investigate good drinking establishments ahead of time (and if so, what are your resources) or do you prefer to wing it?</strong><br />Mostly I wing it, and follow leads from locals and my own instincts. I&rsquo;d never heard of Else&rsquo;s, a terrific neighborhood bar, before I visited Montreal in 2006 or so. I just happened upon it when I was walking to a restaurant and fell in bar-love at first sight. In Belfast a few years ago, I got into a conversation with an off-duty constable at a bar across the street from my hotel. When I told her I was a writer, she said, &ldquo;Oh, well then you have to go to the <a href="http://www.thejohnhewitt.com/">John Hewitt</a>.&rdquo; She and her friends walked me over there, and it remains one of my favorite pubs in Belfast&mdash;a city with no shortage of great places to drink.</p><p><strong>Where would you like to drink in Chicago? </strong><br />Anywhere lively and local, with a good mix of regulars who like to talk to strangers. Wherever you want to take me. I trust you, Claire.</p><p><strong>Babies in bars. Your thoughts. </strong><br />As long as they&rsquo;re snugly strapped to a parent&mdash;and the sort of parent who will remove them from the bar the second they start crying&mdash;I think babies in bars are fine. Once they start getting really squirmy and learning how to walk, all bets are off. A neighborhood friend&mdash;an English expat&mdash;used to take his daughter to our local soccer bar so he could have a pint or two (no more than that) and watch a match. She was the best bar baby ever, until she started toddling. There are just too many sharp edges, drunk people&rsquo;s feet, tall barstools, and loud noises in a bar for a mobile baby to be safe and comfortable&mdash;and not annoying to grown ups.</p><p><strong>I am starting a new job in January and haven&rsquo;t had time to properly celebrate yet. What would you toast to a new beginning like that with (taking into consideration the time of year).</strong><br />First, congratulations! Assuming you&rsquo;ll have a bit of Champagne on New Year&rsquo;s Eve, I believe the martini&mdash;made with gin, not too dry&mdash; is the drink for new beginnings (even though I&rsquo;m usually a brown liquor girl in the winter). Better yet if that martini is accompanied by a pile of oysters.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s a drink that everyone else seems to adore (either of the moment or a classic) that you just can&rsquo;t get into? </strong><br />The current craze for <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaro_%28liqueur%29">amari</a></em> &ndash;a family of bitter Italian digestifs&mdash;in cocktail-making has gone too far. I like many amari just fine, but when deployed with too heavy a hand or too little thought, they make for drinks that taste suspiciously like cough syrup, but without the expectorating benefits.</p><p>Oh, and <a href="http://cocktails.about.com/od/whiskeyrecipes/a/pickleback_cocktail.htm">pickle-backs</a>. Has Chicago been stricken by this scourge yet? [<em>Editor&rsquo;s note: not that I am aware of, but if I am wrong, please let me know where pickle-backs are happening in the city</em>.] I like whiskey. And I like pickles. I like bars. And I like delicatessens. But pickle juice makes a bar smell like a deli, which just isn&rsquo;t right.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s your advice to women who like to have a drink alone in a bar but who aren&rsquo;t looking to be picked up on how to be polite to &#39;friendly&#39; men?</strong><br />If a woman can claim a barstool in a corner, that&rsquo;s the first step; that way, she limits access because she can&rsquo;t be surrounded on both sides. Beyond that: absorbing reading material helps (and an actual book or newspaper is more effective than an iPhone or eReader as a PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM ME signifier). If a &ldquo;friendly&rdquo; man is too persistently friendly, I find that saying something like, &ldquo;Nice meeting you. But I&rsquo;ve had a long day and need to spend a little quiet time with my book and my drink&rdquo; usually works fine.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite film version of <em>The Secret Garden</em>? (Mine is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Garden-Hallmark-Hall-Fame/dp/B0000639G3">the Hallmark movie classics one with Derek Jacobi</a>.)</strong><br />Nothing can come close to the splendor of the book. But I&rsquo;ll have to go with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSQKt1klbrQ">Agnieszka Holland&rsquo;s 1993 adaptation</a>, mostly because I think John Lynch is such a brilliant and underappreciated actor. Still, even he is no match for the Archibald Craven I&rsquo;ve imagined since I first read the book more than 30 years ago, and no one can ever approach the Dickon of my dreams, who really is the perfect person.</p><p><strong>Which soccer teams have the best uniforms?</strong><br />KNVB&mdash;the Dutch National Football Team&mdash;obviously. <a href="http://shinguardian.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/johan.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300">ORANJE</a>! Although the font they used on their kit during EuroCup was <a href="http://speakingchic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/dutch-uniform-euro-2012_thumb.jpg">weird and sort of space-age</a>. Alas, that was the least of their problems during that tournament. But anyway: ORANJE!</p><p><strong>If you could pick just one person to have a drink with right this very second, who would it be and why? </strong><br />In <em>Drinking With Men,</em> I devote one chapter to the late, much-missed <a href="http://nymag.com/listings/bar/liquor_store_bar/">Liquor Store bar in TriBeCa</a>. It was my favorite New York bar, and there, I met the finest drinking companion of all time&mdash;a brilliant, funny, soulful artist who was also a great listener and true friend. He is no longer with us either. What I wouldn&rsquo;t give to be able to meet up with him at Liquor Store for a few more rounds.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 335th person interviewed for Zulkey.com/WBEZ?</strong><br />Seriously? <em>I </em>am #335?! That is huge; a gratifying rebuke to everyone who said I&rsquo;d never do anything of value.</p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/rosie-schaap-interview-104518 'Afternoon Shift' #203: Prohibition playback http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-12-04/afternoon-shift-203-prohibition-playback-104182 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-203-prohibition-playback.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-203-prohibition-playback" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #203: Prohibition playback" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #203: Prohibition playback</h1><h2>Classical chamber ensemble Axiom Brass performs. And on the eve of the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, the Chicago History Museum's Russell Lewis and Bruce Elliott of the Old Town Ale House discuss bar culture and the importance of taverns in Chicago.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Tue, Dec 04 2012 11:01:17</p><div><i>Time Out Chicago's</i>&nbsp;Frank Sennett and comedic commentator Aaron Freeman tag team the day's news--the Vanecko indictment, collect calls from Cook County prisoners, massage parlors in Lakeview and much more.</div><div>Abbate trial aftermath: Rahm Emanuel wants 'code of silence' verdict set aside http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-bar-beating-cop-settlement-1204-20121204,0,6403944.storyDavid Heinzmann</div><div>Who Let This Man Die on the Subway?There's one big question about today's intense cover of the New York Post: Why didn't anyone help him? If there's enough time to capture ...</div><div>Tribune story on NYC subway platform push is thorough except it makes NO mention of controversial @NYPost cover: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-na-nn-subway-pushed-20121204,0,3645821.storyMarcus Gilmer</div><div>New Cook County phone contract will save families big cashCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is signing a contract Tuesday that will drastically reduce the cost of phone calls for jail ...</div><div>Customer Reviews Say Sexual Favors Allegedly Offered In Neighborhood Massage ParlorsSix massage parlors in Lincoln Square, Northcenter, Roscoe Village and West Lakeview allegedly provide paid sexual favors, according to a...</div><div><b></b>Classical chamber ensemble <a href="http://axiombrass.com/" class="">Axiom Brass</a> join us to perform songs from their upcoming concert, Duke It Out,&nbsp;in which the canons of Duke Ellington and Tchaikovsky are put into a musical “thunder dome.” Two bands enter,&nbsp;one band leaves.</div><div>Axiom Brass New Standardsaxiombrass5</div><div>Wednesday marks the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Rick is joined by the Chicago History Museum's Russell Lewis and Bruce Elliott of the <a href="http://www.oldtownalehouse.net/index.html" class="">Old Town Ale House</a> to discuss bar culture&nbsp;and importance of taverns in Chicago.</div><div>Old Towngetbiglittlekid</div><div>48 Hours in Chicago: Anthony Bourdain: The LayoverAnthony Bourdain has 48 hours to eat and drink his way through the Windy City. See where he stayed, and the bars and restaurants he visited.</div><div>In his 30-plus years working for the FBI, Royden “Ross” Rice wore many hats. The recently-retired special agent joins us to discuss his career, which involved everything from behind the scenes investigative work to public outreach. &nbsp;</div></noscript></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-12-04/afternoon-shift-203-prohibition-playback-104182 Booming craft breweries attract new beer makers to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/booming-craft-breweries-attract-new-beer-makers-chicago-102528 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6350_alyssa_cornett-scr.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Bartender Alyssa Cornett pours a beer at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F60535402&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Wil Turner loves beer.</p><p>He gushes about its flavorful notes and tones like a seasoned sommelier. But he does it while wearing a baseball cap and listening to the punk rock band Black Flag.</p><p>Turner is head brewer at <a href="http://revbrew.com/" target="_blank">Revolution Brewing</a> in Logan Square and a member of the <a href="http://www.illinoisbeer.com/" target="_blank">Illinois Craft Brewers&rsquo; Guild</a>.</p><p>These guys take beer seriously.</p><p>&ldquo;We exchange raw materials, information and we love to go sample each other&rsquo;s beer,&rdquo; Turner said about the guild. &ldquo;I like to call (it) liquid inspiration.&rdquo;</p><p>Turner isn&rsquo;t the only one feeling inspired lately.</p><p>The burgeoning craft brewery industry has led a growing number of Chicago beer lovers to start their own businesses.</p><p>The guild reports 57 craft breweries currently operate in Illinois and counts a whopping 67 more in planning.</p><p>The planning number includes some still wading through paperwork and setting up facilities.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6352_stairsbrew-scr.jpg" style="height: 195px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Head brewer Wil Turner sanitizes tanks at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" />It may take them months or years to open for business. But others are almost ready to pour pints.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Clint Bautz of <a href="http://www.lakeeffectbrewing.com/" target="_blank">Lake Effect Brewing</a> has set up shop in Portage Park. He will distribute just a few kegs at a time.</p></div><p>It&#39;s taken him about a year and a half to set up a brewing facility, file all the necessary paperwork and find partnering pubs to carry his product.</p><p>Soon he&rsquo;ll be able to sit down at a neighborhood bar and order his own beer.</p><p>&ldquo;Definitely it will be a moment,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It will be a bit surreal. Definitely looking forward to that.&rdquo;</p><p>Bautz decided it was time to go pro after realizing his homebrew hobby had taken over the house.</p><p>&ldquo;We have three bedrooms,&rdquo; Bautz said. &ldquo;Fermentation was in one bedroom, and then I bought a few more fermenters and and started brewing beer in the other bedroom.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6351_fourglasses-scr.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 280px; float: left;" title="Taster portion of four beers made in-house at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" />Then it grew to a storage unit in the basement. And the deck.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">The brewing process took over the kitchen and the boil over process left surfaces a sticky mess.</div><p>Bautz said brewing is part art, part science and a whole lot of janitorial labor.</p><p>The guild reports overall beer sales in the US dipped about one percent in 2011.</p><p>But craft brewing grew 13 percent last year, continuing the industry&#39;s trend toward double digit annual expansion.</p><p>Major players like California brewery Lagunitas <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-10/features/chi-lagunitas-to-open-new-brewery-in-chicago-20120410_1_brewery-beer-lagunitas-brewing" target="_blank">recently announced</a> plans to open a Chicago brewery and tap room.</p><p>And for now, it seems like there is still room for upstarts like Greg Shuff too.</p><p>Shuff will open <a href="http://www.dryhopchicago.com/" target="_blank">Dryhop Brewers</a> in Lakeview this winter.</p><p>The gastropub will tailor its food menu around seasonal brews made with locally sourced ingredients.</p><p>He thinks there is plenty of room for craft brewers to grow in Illinois.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an industry where no one wants anyone to do anything but make great beer,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We all look at it from the perspective of if one of us does well, it really elevates the whole craft beer scene and we all benefit from it.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/booming-craft-breweries-attract-new-beer-makers-chicago-102528 Fans out early for Cubs' home opener http://www.wbez.org/story/bars/fans-out-early-cubs-home-opener-84584 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/1000767744_9d5ed797e5.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Cubs play their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday afternoon. Some fans were getting an early start Friday morning.</p><p>The sun wasn't even peeking over the Lake Michigan horizon, but a couple of the bars near Wrigley Field already had lines. Casey Moran's had one of the shortest. A group of four, including Justin Romme, was waiting for the 6 a.m. opening.</p><p>"Yeah, we thought there'd be a line but dodged that bullet," he said.</p><p>Margo Romme said going out before the home opener is an annual tradition for the group.</p><p>"You know the fun and excitement of getting up the morning after Christmas for all the sales? Well, it's the same thing. It's the same thing with the game. It's just exciting," she said.</p><p>As for the possibility of rain, Margo Romme didn't seem too worried.</p><p>There was some hesitancy in the group as to whether they thought this was the Cubs' year to win it all, but the group consensus was win or lose, they'll still be fans next year.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bars/fans-out-early-cubs-home-opener-84584 Best bars for the Bears-Packers showdown http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/best-bars-bears-packers-showdown <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bears beer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To truly enjoy a football game you need a beer in one hand and a brat in the other! ESPN's Lester Munson told &quot;Eight Forty-Eight,&quot; the Bears-Packer meet up is the biggest sports event in Chicago history. So if you&rsquo;re not hosting a party, you should probably figure out what bar stool or booth you&rsquo;ll be sitting in this Sunday afternoon.</p><p>To help you choose, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; spoke to the man who wrote the book on Chicago bars, Steve Parnell. Parnell is author of &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Historic-Bars-Chicago-Sean-Parnell/dp/1893121828">Historic Bars of Chicago</a>.&quot; <br />&nbsp;<br />Some of Steve's choices. Also, check out WBEZ food blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/top-5-places-celebrate-bears-win">Steve Dolinsky's ideas for what to eat on Sunday</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Stanton Moore, &quot;Squash Blossom&quot;, from the CD Groove Alchemy, (Telarc)</em></p><p><iframe scrolling="no" height="350" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=216616006640245253780.00049a353b254c3f27729&amp;ll=41.910098,-87.652182&amp;spn=0,0&amp;output=embed" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe><br /><small>View <a style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=216616006640245253780.00049a353b254c3f27729&amp;ll=41.910098,-87.652182&amp;spn=0,0&amp;source=embed">Best Bars to Watch Bears/Packers game</a> in a larger map</small></p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/best-bars-bears-packers-showdown