Chicago might not be the brewery capital of the world, but it is the best place on earth. As a result, it has a little bit of everything. Microbrewery that can accommodate Chicago sports fans, writers and storySLAMers alike? Check. This place will make you feel in the know no matter what your know is.
I just can’t seem to shake Fulton Market. That area has such a high concentration of great restaurants including Girl and the Goat and Vivo. The best part is that they are all different. Haymarket is not as upscale as Vivo or as foodie-dining-experience as Girl & the Goat, but it has to be my favorite of the three. It has a casual atmosphere, where you can actually see the microbrewery in the main dining area while you eat. It gives the place a cool, but kinda rugged, pub feel. The bar in the main dining area is complete with tvs for the night’s games. This is a great stop on your way to the United Center to watch the Bulls or Blackhawks (if the NHL can get it together this year) play, or stop in and watch the game from here.
They also have a back dining area that has a more typical bar feel where they have a number of events including a monthly Moth storySLAM, where individuals are given 5 minutes to tell a story based on the night’s theme. You can grab some friends and listen to some stories or find the courage to submit your name and tell one yourself! They also have drinking and writing events and tours of the brewery.
I want to say the food is pub grub, but that doesn’t really do it justice. It is much more creative, but just as satisfying. You can spice up your mac ‘n cheese with house made italian sausage, sweeten the deal with pulled pork or just satisfy your soul by adding bacon. The Brined Burger has olive mayo, pickles, spicy mustard, arugula, goat cheese all on a pretzel bun. Like I said, not your typical pub grub, but oh so good! They also have vegan chili, to which you can add pulled pork, bacon or sausage. Despite the irony, they are ready to please everyone!
The beer and brewers here have won many local and national awards so take the opportunity to try something new. Your taste buds will be in good hands. They have about 10 house brewed beers on tap. All in all, they have around 30 brews on tap. The Effigy Black I.P.A. is a dark pale ale and perfect for those cold nights (which I’m sure are coming despite our current extended Indian Summer). But there really is something for everyone and you can’t buy more locally than beer brewed inside the restaurant!
Some things to consider: They have a shuttle, more of a party bus, to and from the United Center during Bulls and Blackhawks games making it even better pre and post sporting event. This is not your average sports bar (or even a sports bar at all), it could definitely be a special occasion place and takes the upscale sports bar thing a step further than Roots. Although I am pretty sure Haymarket is not explicitly aiming to be an upscale sports bar. The tvs don’t extend past the bar so if you are worried that your date will be looking past you the whole time and cheering in the middle of your stories, you will be fine in the main dining area. Haymarket is much more multidimensional than that, which makes it even more awesome. It is perfect for slightly adventurous meatheads, wounded writer hipsters and everyone in between!
For More Information: http://haymarketbrewing.com/