By Leentje De Leeuw (born and beer-ed in Belgium)
205 W Lake – The Loop
The odds of running into members of the clergy are probably pretty slim here, but when it comes to quenching your thirst with some of Belgium’s finest beers, Monk’s is definitely the place to be.
They also offer a wide selection of more than decent sandwiches, burgers, and salads. By the way, their sweet potato fries are to die for. Add the blue cheese dressing to achieve perfection. Bon appétit!
Editor’s pick: Tripel Karmeliet, a three grain Tripel
5148 North Clark Street – Andersonville – 21+ only
You won’t find TV screens or kids at this popular Belgian-style bar that has been serving Chicago since 1992. What you will find are plenty of great food selections and drinks, including a whole lot from Belgium.
Our recommendation: pair your beer with a steaming pot of Belgian-style Mussels & Frites. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Editor’s pick: Liefmans Goudenband, Flemish Old Brown
1949 N Hoyne Avenue – Bucktown
Beer lovers have been finding their way to the Map Room since 1992. This travel-themed bar is filled with maps, travel books, and magazines ánd—duh!—beers from all over the world, Belgian included. There’s no food on the menu but feel free to bring your own or order in from other local small businesses in the area.
Editor’s pick: Oude Kriek (Oud Beersel), a Lambic style sour cherry beer
THE EMBASSY PUBLIC HOUSE
1435 W Taylor Street – Little Italy
If you’re still sad about having to say goodbye to Paul and his team at the Ambassador Public House in Greektown earlier this year, good news. The team is back and better than ever! The Embassy Public House should be opening by mid-November in Little Italy and will be offering sports, beers, and much more.
On the weekends, The Embassy will be open as early as 6 or 7 am for European soccer games. Did you know that the only official Belgian soccer fan club outside of Europe, Blauw Zwart Midwest (Club Bruges), has its headquarters at the Embassy? Not only can you taste fine Belgian beers here, but you may also run into an actual Belgian too!
Editor’s pick: Duvel (Moortgat), a true Belgian classic, strong blond ale