On the Town: Chicago’s Best Bars

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Whether you’ve had an exhausting day at the office or just experienced one of those days, sometimes you need a good drink. Luckily, here at Catalyst, we have access to the greatest of the great. Here are three of Chicago’s best bars to whet your palette.

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Slinging drinks since ’86, Maria’s is a family run business that caters to those seeking a better kind of beer. Priding itself on offering only artisanal beverages, it was recently redesigned by a local architect. The lush interior welcomes you to relax and try any of the hundreds of craft beers available, always brewed locally or regionally.

Come sample the weekly rotating selection and enjoy the DJ’s finely cultivated tracklist. The name is a mouthful, but the delicious drinks are even more so, making this one of Chicago’s best bars.

Revolution Brewing

Revolution is a top-shelf bar and not just because it’s the biggest independent brewery in all of Illinois. It’s a newer company yet it has already found enormous success, rising to become an industry leader.

Always innovating and pushing the limits, Revolution aims to create a new favorite for everyone. The vast, brightly lit warehouse provides a warm yet spacious atmosphere for Chicagoans of all stripes.

All that’s missing is you!

Sportsman’s Club

Sportsman’s is an even younger bar, formed in 2013. Don’t let its nascence fool you, though. This bar has already made waves with its classically inspired list of spirits.

It has not forgotten its heritage either. The previous Sportsman’s was a local favorite of Polish immigrants, and the new incarnation retains this spirit, as well as the name and art deco design. Here, you’ll find a daily featured cocktail and a menu of four specialty drinks that change daily.

So stop by today!


If you’re interested in calling Chicago home, please contact us. We are located right in the thick of the city, with access to great shopping and dining, as well as entertainment amenities. We’d love to schedule a tour of our vibrant apartment community and welcome you to the city.

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