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Brewer Chat: Brewpub-ing with Piece's Jonathan Cutler

Brewer Chat: Brewpub-ing with Piece's Jonathan Cutler

WICKER PARK, CHICAGO

If you're familiar with Chicago's Wicker Park, then you're probably aware that Piece Brewery & Pizzeria is a neighborhood institution. In fact, you could argue Piece is spreading it's influence plenty outside the North Side. It's built a bit of a reputation. Not just as one of the best pizza joints in the country (proof here), but as home to some of the highest-regarded brews in the nation (we're not kidding). They've got the fanfare, and hardware, to prove it. What you might not know is exactly how brewer, Jonathan Cutler, came to find his home at the brewpub over a decade ago. Nor how incredibly affable and humble this guy is. We sat down to share a few pints with Cutler and discuss the globetrotting that got him here.

Eataly, Birreria Bring Italian Flavor to Chicago

Eataly, Birreria Bring Italian Flavor to Chicago

RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO

Following the success of their mainstay Turin and New York locations, Mario Batali & team have brought acclaimed market-restaurant-hybrid Eataly to Chicago. And on its December 2nd opening day, it will no doubt open to much fanfare – catering to the palettes of River North's working professionals and tourists alike. Located in the former ESPN Zone space at Ohio & Wabash, Eataly bills itself as the "largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world." And at 63,000 SF it is significantly larger than its NYC counterpart, boasting 7 boutique eatery stations, a soon-to-be fine dining restaurant and, of course, Birreria; all to keep your appetite at bay while you shop. And trust us when we say, there is no shortage of drinking opportunities as you make your way around the 2-story behemoth of a market. Wine. Beer. Espresso. All the fix'ns.