There are very few streets in Chicago with Halsted's combination of history and diversity. Spanning 168 city blocks, the street daggers through over a dozen neighborhoods, passes near two Major League Baseball stadiums, offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, and is the location of countless historic landmarks.
We began our Sunday afternoon tour at one of the city's recently refreshed watering holes, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar (31st & Morgan) in Bridgeport. If you're like us and hadn't made the trip to this south side establishment yet, the draw of the place might be a little difficult to explain. With a somewhat unassuming storefront exterior, it's an easy place to miss. Peek inside, however, and you'll start to see what all the fuss is about. A tiny front room is crammed from floor to ceiling with craft beer. Well-known local brews sit side by side with hard-to-find offerings from Chicago and beyond.