Member Spotlight: Old Zines

Jack Wangelin - Thursday, July 25, 2013

An Interview with Member Bob Katzman of OldZines.com


Where did you get the inspiration to open your business? 
I was 14 and left home in the middle of the night and needed to find a way to support myself. I opened one business after another and all the while was collecting paper, periodicals and posters that dated back to 1576.  

Have you always had an entrepreneurial spirit? 
Beginning at 5, I collected empty Coke bottles from prairies near high schools where the kids would throw them. I’d put them in a little red wagon and then turn them in for 2-3cents each and buy candy and water balloons. 


What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a business owner?
A good relationship is more important than any single sale.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a business in Chicago? 
Have a year’s worth of money saved to pay your basic cost of living. Don’t hire anyone until you’re overwhelmed with business. Make sure you’re filling a need. When you’re successful don’t change your old clothes; don’t advertise your success! And last, find a way to give yourself time off. 

What product or service of yours are you the most excited about offering? 
I sell magazines for birthdays and anniversaries, but really I sell emotion. I sell the way a person will feel when they open up whatever gift it is a person has selected for them. There are only four places like mine left in America. That means a person who buys a gift from me has to go out of their way to find me in Skokie – and that’s the gift, that they’re bothering at all. 

I also sell books here that I wrote myself – non-fiction about Chicago. 

And I currently have 50,000 posters from all over the world being liquidated for $10 each.

What do you like the most about being located in Wicker Park Bucktown? 
I may not be in Wicker Park or Bucktown but I joined the Chamber because I love the people in the neighborhood and they are the right demographic for what I do – smart, curious and artistic. Now if only I could teach them how to use the train to get here! 

What are the places in Wicker Park Bucktown that you cannot live without? 
Where my daughter Rachel lives and I won’t tell you where that is, but it’s with my grandson Jericho and her husband Jerry. She is an artist, singer/songwriter, and makes jewelry. Is she not the perfect Wicker Park person? 

What kind of people are your customers? 
Worldly - they appreciate history. They understand the value and fragility of what I sell. They’re also imaginative because they could just go to Target to buy the latest CD. 

What can people expect when they walk in your front door?
A genuine eccentric. 

Do you have a great story about your business that you’d like to share? 
Last week a woman came here to sell me a box of sports magazines. We had never met before. I couldn’t use them and she was disappointed but then she noticed a 1931 Geographic on “Modern Ethiopia,” and explained to me “I just came back from Ethiopia.” We started talking. I know all about Ethiopia – used to have a foreign language bookstore in Lakeview where I sold Amharic language tapes. (That is a Semitic language by the way.) We got to talking and she was interested in Coptic art which is early Christian Art in Ethiopia. I found an example of it in a 1920 Geographic about Abyssinia (the old name for Ethiopia). She bought that and an Ethiopian flag too.  She was thrilled! She never expected to come in here, try to sell me sports magazines, and instead, leave with a magazine about Coptic art in Abyssinia! That’s a good story, isn’t it? 



For directions to Bob’s store in Skokie from the Damen Blue Line el stop, please click here
Bob Katzman
zip@oldzines.com
www.oldzines.com
Old Zines
4906 W. Oakton, Skokie, Ill 60077
(847) 677-9444 M-F: 10-5/weekends: 10-2

Member Spotlight: Contacts and Specs

Jack Wangelin - Monday, July 22, 2013
Igor Preman is the owner of Contacts and Specs at 1616 N Damen. Based in Bucktown, where they have been located for the last 31 years, Contacts and Specs offers an exquisite selection of fine eyewear from around the globe, as well as experienced optomitrists to provide you with some of the most comprehensive eye care available. 

Visit them for your next eye wear or eye care needs. They update their selection regularly, so even if you got your last pair of glasses from them, they likely have a brand new selection for you.



1.Briefly describe your business and introduce yourself.

Contacts and Specs is a family owned luxury optical retailer in Chicago since 1982.  We have helped people all over the world in the selection of their eye wear needs in our store and through our website. We have helped clients find the look they are looking for and we have many tools and expert customer support.

2.Where did you get the inspiration to open your business? 

After providing people from all over the world in selecting their eyewear for 32 years, we decided to expand and offer the same unparalleled customer service to a new Chicago neighborhood. 

3.What advice would you give to someone looking to start a business in Chicago? 

Be passionate about the business that you plan to start.

4.What product or service of yours are you the most excited about offering? 

We are excited about showing the best in eye wear fashion from all over the globe eyewear lines that we truly believe in, as well as putting you in the latest lenses that are suited for you. We are excited about making you feel the best. 

5.What do you like the most about being located in Wicker Park Bucktown? 

The diverse clientele that shop in the neighborhood, from age to races and cultures. As well as the boutique and artistic feel that Wicker Park Bucktown offers. 

6.What are the places in Wicker Park Bucktown that you cannot live without? 
Goddess & the Grocer; for good food and snacks and the Wormhole for the perfect coffee drink. 

7.What kind of people are your customers? 
Our customers are clients that understand style and quality, and are looking for unique eyewear and not the familiar name brands that are available in many locations. 

8.What can people expect when they walk in your front door?
You will be welcome to try our style of frames, our opticians are committed to provide unparalleled customer service and help you find the best in eyewear fashion. But most important they will find the best fitting that suites you, and make you feel like you. 
 

Contacts and Specs is a premier Bucktown - Wicker Park eyewear specialist, for more information click on their logo:

Contacts and Specs

1616 N. Damen Ave

Chicago, IL

60647



 

Member Spotlight: WanderBikes

Jack Wangelin - Monday, June 24, 2013

WanderBikes is an electric bike (e-bike) store that has just opened its doors in the Wicker Park Bucktown Neighborhood. They are located at 2350 N. Damen Ave., and have the only shop in Chicago dedicated exclusively to e-bikes.  They carry e-bikes that are equal parts fun and function while catered to the Chicagoan.  Through rentals, sales and service, we hope to displace as many car trips as possible.


WanderBikes is the partnership of brothers Brady and Damon Doerschuk.  Since childhood we have had a fascination with 2-wheel movement and recently decided to parlay that into a new business venture.    

Where did you get the inspiration to open your business?

Brady:  I’ve lived and worked in Chicago for a few years.  I’ve always been agitated and perplexed with how traffic moves (or doesn’t move).  I like to bike, but sometimes it’s not feasible.  E-bikes are the answer, they’ve evolved from being a novelty for some to being the answer for many.  Your not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic. 

Damon:  I love riding on 2-wheels.  Pedal propulsion is fun but so is mechanical.  E-bikes are very dynamic in that they are able to merge muscle and mechanical input, old and new; I think it’s great as well as promising.  I believe e-bikes have a place in our transportation cache, as they are a capable and efficient means of traversing a city.  

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a business owner?

Brady: Still learning.  Maybe learn to be more patient.  I’ll rush something or push what I feel is a priority – only it turns out to be a molehill I’m sweating over.

Damon:  Yep, nothing happens as quickly as you want it to.  Plan ahead and pay attention to the details.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a business in Chicago?

Brady: Don’t seek feedback from just your friend’s - listen to random people.

Damon:  Similar to Brady’s answer, talk to as many people as you can, seek mentorship.  The SBA’s SCORE program has been really helpful; they have a great team of advisors.  Know your product, learn your market try and have a little fun.

What product or service of yours are you the most excited about offering?

Brady: The idea that you can get to anywhere in the city noticeable quicker than it takes in a car.

Damon:  I’m really looking forward to developing our rental product.  I think it has a lot of potential to provide a service that can be both entertaining and purposeful. 

What do you like the most about being located in Wicker Park Bucktown?

Brady: It’s a vibrant, diverse and bicycle friendly community.  I have everything I want and need right here.

Damon:  Bike lanes and blue line.  I like the location within Chicago, if you want to explore or get around, seems to be a great starting point. 

What are the places in Wicker Park Bucktown that you cannot live without?

Brady: Have you seen the new bikes lane on Milwaukee Ave?  

Damon:  Toast on Damen.

What kind of people are your customers?

Brady: All walks of life.  That’s the beauty and challenge of selling e-bikes, they appeal to a broad market.  Young riders looking for a more cost effective means of transport, long commuters, families with kids and cargo, tourists looking to explore the city, riders with mobility issues.  The customer base is certainly varied, but tends to be non-traditional cyclists.

What can people expect when they walk in your front door?

Brady: I know “family owned” might be a bit cliché but that’s exactly what you’re getting, hence the reason we’ve been coined the WanderBoys.   You’re getting the family package, two brothers who are two-wheel enthusiast sharing their passion. WanderBikes is our baby and I think the customers will experience that quickly.  Weather you’re just curious or have done some serious e-bike research, we invite you in and are welcome to stay as long as you’d like.  Also, a 3rd WanderBoy (Tyler) will be joining us as soon as he returns from Afghanistan.  For some reason, the 4th WanderBoy is content living on the West Coast.    

High customer satisfaction is an ambition for most industries and we’re no different.  However, this is our main objective and WanderBikes aspires to this virtue.  We’re confident the e-bikes will speak for themselves but know the next e-bike you rent or buy is going to be handled or maintained by a family that prides itself on offering a true, tangible value for the neighbor.  

Do you have a great story about your business that you’d like to share?

Brady: Don’t get carried away about your new business when you’ve had more than a few too many drinks.

Do you have any stories of successful cross-promotions that you have done with other local businesses?

Brady: Not yet but it’s in the works.  Anyone reading this?   

What ways has the Chamber been helpful to building your business?

Brady: Since we’re so new it’s too early to say.  They have a good reputation and are very active.  From what I can tell, I think they really care about the community and want to see/help you succeed. 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: An interview with Jane Pakis, owner of Valentia

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hi – my name is Jane.  I am the owner of VALENTIA studio/boutique, 2042 N Damen Avenue.

I am an A.S.I.D. interior designer – but I have always wanted a shop.  We moved to Chicago a little over a year ago and this just fell into place so I decided to go with it! 

The shop is laid out like an actual apartment: the front room has ladies wear, accessories and a few specialty items for the men.  The kitchen has kitchen stuff, the bedroom has custom headboards and “bedroom” things.  The bathroom has bath items.  There is also a little nook with baby items [mostly all handmade]. 

My goal is to keep PRICES MODERATE!

 

Where did you get the inspiration to open your business?  

I’ve been playing “store” since I was 4 years old! 

 

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a business in Chicago? 

Go with your gut. 

 

What product or service of yours are you the most excited about offering? 

I really enjoy carrying local artist’s work and Fair Trade items.  I am designing a line of summer dresses that are locally made!  This is the first I’ve mentioned this to anyone!  It is very exciting! 

 

What do you like the most about being located in Wicker Park Bucktown?  

I am so thankful for the day I happened upon this location!  Being new to Chicago I really didn’t know the depth of WPB!  It has such a great vibe – I feel so lucky to be here!  I love the neighborhood feel in an urban setting and the mix of apartments, homes, parks, churches and shops all working together to make up this great area. 

 

What are the places in Wicker Park Bucktown that you cannot live without?  

I haven’t had much time to explore now that I am in retail… But every restaurant we’ve tried has been super – both the florists are great – salons, barber shops….seems we can find pretty much everything here!  It’s hard to beat TOAST for breakfast/lunch. 

 

What kind of people are your customers?  

I am starting to get repeat business from the locals which I SO appreciate! …THANK YOU, LOCALS!  

But very surprisingly [to me] is the amount of out of towners  I am seeing!  Not only U.S. but also Europe and Asia!  One day I had over 7 countries represented in the shop! 

 

What can people expect when they walk in your front door?  

A COLORFUL AND HAPPY VIBE!

 

Do you have any stories of successful cross-promotions that you have done with other local businesses? 

The Christmas SHOP LOCAL and the SHOP for your LOCAL SCHOOL Event was super!!  I also did a ladies night out with a Mary Kay cosmetic rep.  We had such a nice turn out and such a good time!  I would definitely team up with others for promotions!  Last summer’s sidewalk sale was also a good event! 

 

What ways has the Chamber been helpful to building your business? 

I think the Chamber reaches so many more people than I have access to.  I like the events and promotions they have.  I will participate in whatever they offer! 

 

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New Sports Bar with Great Beer/Sides Selection, TV Setup

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Friday, September 21, 2012
This blog entry was contributed by: Mark Dollard, Broker at Chicago Properties Inc. Visit his blog at dollardnsense.com. He can be reached at mark.dollard@gmail.com.


I’d like to start this out by saying that I’ve written about the extraordinary selection of places to get a wide variety of craft beers in Wicker Park and Bucktown.

I truly believe that for the discerning beer drinker, our neighborhood is one of the finest on the planet.  So, it should come as no surprise that the newest sports bar in town would do its best to live up the local reputation.  In what is sure to become a trend in the next few years, Fat Pour is a great venue for viewing sports and, um, sports the widest selection of beer taps around.  


As sports bars go, Fat Pour has one of the better TV setups that I’ve seen.  

There are big screens around the entire perimeter of the eating room and they are at just above eye level.  So, there’s no straining your neck no matter where you sit.  I went to Fat Pour during the Sunday Night Football game between San Francisco and Detroit.  There were passionate, but not rowdy fans for the teams that had good knowledge of the game.  As a sports fan, I truly appreciate this.


As for the food, all the requisite sports bar/pub grub staples are on the menu including burgers, nachos, pizza, wings etc.

 However, they do put a creative spin on a lot of the items (the burger menu is particularly extensive) and they have the best selection of sides I’ve seen at a sports bar.   This may be the only place in town where you can mix football and a burger with sides of quinoa and cous cous (of course, fries are available, too).  Plus, the kitchen is visible through a very large glass wall, so you can see how your items are prepared.  They get some props for that.


Honestly, all of the preceding info is great, but I’m most excited about the beer selection at Fat Pour.  

They have 50 plus taps (Fat Pour calls itself a “hardcore beer bar”), and the selection contains a lot of seasonal specialties and style variability.  This is a well-balanced beer menu and the regular menu provides recommendations by style for beer pairings with your meal.  What this means is that you can find a style that any beer drinker will like and fit it holistically into your meal.


Fatpour Tap Works

2005 W Division
(773) 698-8940
www.fatpourchicago.com

Retro Italian Fun: Club Lucky

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Friday, September 14, 2012

This blog post was contributed by: Malcolm Logan, editor and publisher of My American Odyssey, a travel site offering reviews, travelogues and trip itineraries for destinations throughout the United States. 



Nestled in a quiet tree-canopied area at the corner of Wabansia and Honore in Bucktown is an homage to a swinging 50’s era supper club that’s more authentic than anything you’ll find in New York or Las Vegas.  The porthole windows, chrome railings, upholstered booths, and checkerboard tiles ring absolutely true.  It’s a classic 50’s style that comes across as new.






Yet for all its fresh seeming appeal, Club Lucky hearkens back to an earlier era when good Italian food meant a bowl of spaghetti and a bottle of Chablis in a webbed bottle.  Whether or not Club Lucky would do any better or worse with a more adventurous approach is past consideration.  Like its décor, its food is meticulously true to its heritage. 





Order from a menu that includes Italian-American classics like Fettucini Alfredo, Penne Arrabiata, or Linguini and Clams.  Dig into house specialties like Veal Parmigana, Chicken Vesuvio, or Grilled Pork Chops. 


Although the food is decidedly retro, there’s nothing run down or tired looking about the decor.  The place is immaculately clean.  It’s frequently primped up and repainted and often feels as if you are arriving on the first day of business.  They have a lovely sidewalk café under a black and red awning and while I was there on a recent visit the owner was outside planting geraniums, chatting with neighbors.


At bottom Club Lucky is one of those places that’s so charming and appealing you’ll want to tell your friends.  The minute you walk through the door into that swinging 50’s cocktail lounge, you’re smitten.  Have the bartender mix you up a classic martini and fuh-get about it.  Club Lucky swings, baby!



Club Lucky

1824 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60622
773-227-2300
www.clubluckychicago.com








The Southern: Down Home Cookin’ with Something More

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Friday, August 03, 2012

This blog post was contributed by: Malcolm Logan, editor and publisher of My American Odyssey, a travel site offering reviews, travelogues and trip itineraries for destinations throughout the United States. 


Offering an original twist on Dixie style food and drink, The Southern reinterprets down home classics using an approach that leans heavily on small plates and chef Cary Taylor’s irrepressible creativity. 


Try the corn meal battered hush puppies with smoked trout and artichoke dip, or dig into fried green tomatoes with piquillo pepper and Louisiana goat cheese.  Pass around Louisiana crawfish tails, or sample blue crab cakes with Dijon aioli, petite salad, and gala apple.  


This kind of eatin’ will make you hoot and holler and throw your hat in the air.  It’s everything you’d expect out of southern comfort food – and a whole lot more.



But let’s say you are bringing a large party and are up for a true southern style feast.  The Southerns got you covered, cooking up a whole pig, a standing rib roast, or a low country boil on a pre-arranged basis. 


Southern food this audacious calls for amazing drinks and The Southern hits the mark with edgy concoctions like the Maple Bacon Manhattan, which takes house infused Jim Beam Bacon Bourbon and mixes in maple syrup and North Country smoked bacon; or the Trolley Dolly, an inspired combination of Hendrick’s Gin, Domain de Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon, and maraschino rinse. 





As a late night cocktail lounge The Southern stands out.  But it also earns high marks for its weekend brunch, a countrified affair that consists of Dixie inspired creations like smothered biscuits with braised chicken thighs, andouille gravy and buttermilk biscuits; or French toast with cream cheese frosting, fresh peaches, and bourbon caramel.The ambiance at The Southern is sleek and sexy yet down-to-earth.  The ground floor walls open on two sides allowing the interior environment to flow seamlessly into the patio, making for a great summertime haunt.  On chillier evenings a central fireplace lends a romantic air. Regulars linger and relax.  Smiles are everywhere.  



This is momma’s home cookin’ with something more.  When it comes to combining a sleek urban sensibility with homespun roots, The Southern is in a class by itself.   


The Southern

1840 W North Ave.
in Bucktown
(773) 342-1840 
www.thesouthernchicago.com



Great Twists on Classic Food and Drink: Red Door

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This blog entry was contributed by: Mark Dollard, Broker at Chicago Properties Inc. Visit his blog at dollardnsense.com. He can be reached at mark.dollard@gmail.com.


One of the newest places in the WPB area has been opening to great reviews, and it’s not a fluke.

The Red Door hits all the right buttons for those of us who are into consumption (as in, eating and drinking interesting and delicious things). Everything I've tried evokes classic dishes, but puts a spin on them to bring them to a higher level.


The food that I have had there has been really good, and has the right amount of creativity. For instance, people that are really into meat will tell you that collar meat is some of the most tender and tastiest meat that you can get from a given animal (pork, fish, etc.)  So, when Red Door puts a pork collar taco in front of you, it’s best to give it a try. The accompanying salsa verde is just right and the use of collar meat makes this taco stick out in the increasingly competitive WPB taco scene.  Another good example is the lobster deviled egg.  It takes a fairly standard dish and takes it to the just-right level of richness.  




The drink selection and care at the Red Door also keeps in line with this thinking.  

There are a lot of interesting beer and wine selections and the mixologists do a very nice job. I ordered a Rye Manhattan up (it’s my baseline drink order for judging a bartender) and it was like no other Rye Manhattan I’ve had…in a good way. There was a fruitiness one wouldn’t normally find and the entire drink was more cohesive than I expect from cocktails. 




To top all of it off, a lot of the plates are very reasonably priced and they have one of the best patios in Chicago.  In short, our newest neighbors have created a great place to try a few things, get some inspired flavors, and enjoy a comfortable-yet-hip place.


Red Door

2118 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647  
(773) 772-7100 
www.reddoorchicago.com

Feast: For the Senses

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Friday, July 13, 2012

This blog post was contributed by: Malcolm Logan, a freelance writer and Wicker Park Bucktown resident. Visit his website at www.fillmyemptyblogspace.com. He can be reached at malcolm.logan@rcn.com.

Bucktown’s Feast is more than just a restaurant.  

Oh sure, the wonderful flavors served up by Chef Debbie Sharpe are a treat for the palate, but then there are the aromas, textures and presentation of such dishes as barbecue salmon with buttermilk hot cakes and slow cooked lamb shank with shaved romano, making for a total sensory experience - and that’s just what’s on the plate in front of you.




Check out the wine list.  

Noted sommelier, Bret Heiar, recent winner of the Australian Regional Wine Immersion Program, has carefully selected more than 50 delectable vintages.  It’s hard to go wrong.  But for a true Bucktown experience, few things match the sublime pleasure of sipping a cool, crisp chardonnay on Feast’s flower-filled patio in the summer.  Talk about immersion!



Even if you have a specialized diet, Feast can make your dining experience - well, a feast.  

There are more than two dozen gluten free choices and plenty of inspired vegetarian options like the black bean veggie burger with pepper jack, avocado and chipotle aioli, or the beloved butternut squash ravioli with spiced walnuts, crispy sage leaves, brown butter and goat cheese.And dessert?  How about a delicious tiramisu made up of layers of espresso soaked cake dripping in chocolate sauce?  Or white chocolate citrus bread pudding with lime creme anglaise and orange tuile garnish?  Are your senses exulting?



And Feast is a feast for the eyes.  

Working from a palate of violets and earth tones, the setting is vibrant and cheerful.  In the summer the spacious outdoor patio is a huge neighborhood favorite.  In the winter, a cozy fireplace provides a cushy refuge while you await your table.  



But for all Feast’s sensual charms nothing beats its famed brunch.  

Sweet and savory choices abound.  Standouts include oatmeal pancakes with cinnamon-apple compote, honey-vanilla butter and walnut brittle; and eggs royale with two poached eggs and smoked salmon over an english muffin with hollandaise sauce and caviar.  Yum.






Yes, Feast is more than just a restaurant.  

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s a feast for the senses.  If you find yourself in Bucktown, take some time out to enjoy Feast.  Immerse yourself in it.  You’ll be glad you did.


Feast

1616 N Damen Ave
(between Wabansia & Milwaukee Ave) 
Chicago, IL 60647  
(773) 772-7100 
www.feastrestaurant.com



Small Bar: The Little Bar with a Big Heart

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce - Friday, June 01, 2012

This blog post was contributed by: Malcolm Logan, a freelance writer and Wicker Park Bucktown resident. Visit his website at www.fillmyemptyblogspace.com. He can be reached at malcolm.logan@rcn.com.


Feeling a little down lately? Tired of the same old thing when it comes to bars?  Same old weak beer selection, same old uninspired food.


Take heart!


If you’ve been looking for a bar that feels your need for something edgier, Small Bar has you covered.  Ever tried Poutine? They’ve been loving it long time in Quebec.  At Small Bar you can dive into this decadent mix of French Fries and cheese curds covered in brown gravy. Or how about duck confit on flat bread with gruyere cheese and carmelized onions?  Or pork meat balls with blue cheese baked polenta and jalapeno bacon jam?

 

Great Ceasar’s ghost!  Is this really a bar or the experimental lab of some edgy young chef cackling maniacally as he concocts daring admixtures.


Truth. It’s both. Chef Justin White, formerly sous chef at the highly regarded Custom House has been given carte blanche to let his creativity run wild here, and the result is bar food unlike any you’ll find anywhere.  


While other bars offer you potato skins and quesadillas to nosh on while watching the game, Small Bar wows with paprika spiced pumpkin seeds, spiced and candied peanuts, and edamame with grey salt and lemon.  I, for one, would easily trade another tiresome jalapeno popper for one of chef White’s scrumptious Parmesan and thyme pastry puffs any day.



So what makes this a bar, and not a gourmet restaurant masquerading as the local tap?  

Well, how about a staggering beer selection with more than 100 varieties to choose from?  How about 24 carefully selected craft brews on tap?  How about daily drink specials and a full bar?  If you’re looking for a place that respects your taste in quality potations, Small Bar is for you.


But at the end of the day isn’t a good bar about hanging out with your friends, maybe taking in a game?  Small Bar is right there.


Small Bar watches the volume.  You can hear the music, but you don’t have to shout. The TVs feature sports, and if you happen to be an Association League Football Fan, Katie bar the door!  


Association League Football – that’s the international soccer league to us Americans – gets the red carpet treatment here.  We’re talking Association League games in real time, which means the place is mobbed on Saturday mornings with fanatical Europeans and other international types shouting and carrying on as they wolf down Small Bar’s delicious brunch.  It’s so good, the US Soccer Federation has named Small Bar the number one soccer bar in the country!


If you love Association League Football, Small Bar has it on for you.  If you love a huge selection of quality beer, Small Bar is right there for you.  If you appreciate outstanding bar food by a renowned chef, Small Bar has its arms opens for you.


Small Bar is the little bar with a big heart.  If you’re feeling down, it will pick you up.





Small Bar

2049 Division
(between Damen and Hoyne)
in Wicker Park
(773) 772-2727 
www.thesmallbar.com/division 


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