Once upon a time, Goose Island was the sole ruler of the Chicago craft brewery scene, its delicately made brews an antidote to the ubiquitous, mass-produced offerings found at every bar in town. But in the last few years our local brewing scene has bubbled over, and while Goose Island remains the granddaddy of them all, there are dozens upon dozens of new, new-ish and about-to-launch breweries and brewpubs that now call Chicago (and surrounding areas) home, making our city a bona fide craft beer destination.
Nick Moretti, owner of Bucktown’s newly opened Chop Shop, had an ambitious vision when designing the hybrid butcher shop, bar, restaurant and event space. “I wanted to create a concept that could appeal to multiple demographics, as well as Chicago’s love of meat, music and craft beer and cocktails,” he says. “[Combining] all the things Chicago loves, under one roof, was something that hadn’t been done before.”
Upon arriving at Honey Butter Fried Chicken, it’s clear that this isn’t your average fried chicken joint. The Avondale restaurant, open just a month, has had a line snaking down the block since day one — and the crowds show no sign of dissipating.
Head out to any of Chicago’s top restaurants this Saturday night and you’re guaranteed to get a killer meal — just don’t expect to see the head or executive chefs in the house. Rather than plating creations in their kitchens, our city’s top toques will be serving up their signature fare at the Meals on Wheels annual Celebrity Chef Ball, held Oct. 26 at the Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport.