Rob: Should I bolt every time I get that feeling in my gut when I meet someone new? Well, I’ve been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I’ve come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains. — High Fidelity
There was a time when beer in America was reserved for drunken men in dirty pubs, swinging their steins of beer back in forth and singing with a drunken slur. That’s actually a scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but you get the point. It was forty ouncers and Busch Light cans, not tulips and chalices. Today, craft beer represents a well-respected part of our culture that may even be a little bit romantic.
When the temperature in Chicago hits below 20 degrees, there’s not much appealing about heading outside. Personally, on those days I’d give anything to stay cuddled in front of a fireplace, sipping hot chocolate with five blankets on top of me. Then I remember my college days, when a snow (or cold) day meant heading down to the local watering hole, playing darts all day and putting off our homework.
Although we’re not all in college anymore, we can still act like it sometimes…right? So, here are some of the best places in Chicago to hideout from old man winter. From wood burning fireplaces to delicious food to warm your tummy, these places have all it takes to cure your sub-zero blues. Maybe, if you’re lucky, they may even let you hide out until summer.
"I have been dating someone who treats my heart like it’s monkey meat. I feel like a delusional, invisible person half the time so I need to learn what it’s like to be treated well before it’s too late for me." - Lena Dunham, Girls Season 1 Episode 6, “The Return)
"Music, you know, true music - not just rock n roll - it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone listening to your headphones, you know, with the cast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It’s a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America." - Lester Bangs, “Almost Famous”