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Exotica 2046

Saturday Night Street Eats

We have a baller line -up for Saturday night Street Eats at Maria’s.. 5411 Empanadas, Bergstein’s NY Deli, Curried, Cup Cakes for Courage and a special Cevapcici booth! Wow! Enjoy.. 6-9pm.

Wed: June 6: Experimental Cocktail Set: Death’s Door Spirits

We are super pleased to have Death’s Door in for the night sharing some recipes from their award winning line of gin, vodka and whiskey. Death’s Door diva, meg Bell will be making some cocktails and pouring some samples alongside our crack staff of concoctologists. See u there. 7-9pm..


Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar and Crosstalk International presents BOOTY SHAKE! – Featuring the Deep Diggin’ DJ Duo Joe Bryl and Phil Hertz Saturday June 9 – 8PM-3AM – Free, No Cover Two of Chicago’s premier soul selectors, Joe Bryl of Sonotheque fame and Phil Hertz of Crosstalk International, are joining forces on Saturday, June 9 in a massive musical mess-around that they’re dubbing “Booty Shake!”.This sonic smack-down will pit the two highly-regarded crate-diggin’ combatants in a no-holds-barred beat-battle featuring select cuts from their arsenal of furious funk, rare remixes, deep disco, hidden house, sweaty soul, bumpin’ bass and low-down movers and groovers from the past to the present. This special summer dance session begins pronto at 8PM, staying alive until 3AM. As always at Maria’s, there is no cover. So, rest up in advance for this south-side Saturday night fevered booty-shaking sound clash.


DIGGIN’ DUSTIES: A SELECTION OF DUSTY GROOVE’S RECENT ARRIVALS Featuring Groove Merchant Joe Bryl Scenario: You expectedly walk into a restaurant and are handed a menu that seems encyclopedic. Within its stylish binding are page after page of dishes of all types and nationalities. The extensive listings run the gamut from simple country breakfast, artisanal urban-raised plates, Korean bibimbap, pastrami on rye, Algerian merguez lamb sausages, pizza by the slice and French bistro fare to seared Alaskan walleye with salsa verde, home-styled meatloaf, Thai sweet and sour mee krob,linguine alla vogole, beef shawarma slathered with tahini, Szechuan spicy pork and fried chicken and waffles (and that’s just page one). Then after your waiter spends 45 minutes listing the specials of the day in great detail he hands you an impressive drink menu that runs the gamut of cordials, champagnes, craft beers, regional wines from around the world, small batch bourbons, aperitifs, tequilas, finely crafted cocktails, Caribbean rums, grappa flights, shots of moonshine, distilled gins and Scotch whiskies. Recognizing your dilemma he says that he’ll be back in an hour to take your order. This unlikely scenario is not that far-fetched if you’re shopping for music at Dusty Groove America on any given day. For the average musical listener a trip to Dusty Groove America at the retail outlet (1120 N. Ashland, Chicago) or online ( might appear equally daunting. Stocked with a mammoth collection of records, CDs, videos and related books and magazines, Dusty Groove has become a dream destination for both avid collectors looking for those rare and allusive musical gems that are talked between themselves in reverential and hushed tones and the more common consumer whose knowledge is understandably more limited but no less personally passionate. It is by this well-struck balance between scholarship, accessibility and a resonating deeply felt connection to music that one discerns when shopping at Dusty Groove. With its well-maintained and constantly changing inventory (with new items being added to daily) one can leisurely wander within its environs, a musical cornucopia encompassing endless offerings from jazz, Brazilian, funk, blues, now sounds, global grooves, rock, soul, gospel, classical, hip-hop, reggae, folk and even spoken word and comedy and step back and take a breath before finding that particular musical item that fits within ones own particular taste and inclinations. However, all customers no matter how knowledgeable are still left with the task of having to make a choice between all the multifarious options available. Like the proverbial kid in a candy shop, both the average customer and the even more discerning dilettante are momentarily overwhelmed by the wide and encompassing selections available. Added to this, a given customer may be very well informed on the raw rocking R&B rhythms of seminal guitarist Ike Turner, the swinging sixties French pop of Francoise Hardy, the Chicago-based soul-jazz arrangement of Charles Stepney or the visionary experimentations of Harry Partch but be understandably clueless on the soulful hip-hop of J Rawls, the breezy Brazilian jazz of Viva Brazil, the laidback country rock of Gene Clark or the echoing celestial space rock of Hawkwind. To make this task less perplexing and to give helpful assistance and guidance to both those in the know and those just plain curious in this seemingly herculean task of endless musical offerings Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar  is hosting its monthly residency titled “Diggin‘ Dusties” on Wednesday, May 23 at 8PM (and every 4th Wednesday of the preceding months). Hosted by groove merchant guru and record collector extraordinaire Joe Bryl, “Diggin‘ Dusties” will feature choice selections from Dusty Groove’s recent monthly new arrivals thereby giving those interested an opportunity to hear (probably for the first time) the wide variety of musical styles and genres that are available at the store. So sit back, relax, order a brew from Maria’s equally overwhelmingly extensive drink menu (too many beers/music: too little time) and like that kid in the best of all world’s candy store indulge yourself freely in all the tasty treats available. We guarantee that there won’t be any lingering aftertaste due to over-indulgence and possibly only a slight hangover. “Diggin’ Dusties” will be hittin’ on all cylinders with new releases and re-issues by The Hi-Fivers (Life Shines), Les Loups Noirs (Echo Mondial), Moe Tucker (I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998), Batida (Batida), Signor Wolf (Funkonnection), Tom Dissevely/Kid Baltan (Song of the Second Moon), Alfredito Linares (Salsa A Todo Sabor), Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou (The Bariba Sound 1970 – 1976), Lou Ragland (I Travel Alone), Skah Shah #1 (Message), Fela Kuti (Live in Detroit 1986) Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Barbaro (Look Around the Corner), Kenenkye Band (Moving World) plus compilations like “Soul Cal – Disco & Modern Soul 1971 – 1982”, “Simla Beat 71”, “We Pay Respect: Evergreens From Reality Poland” and “Dynamic Groove: Funk and Groovy Soul from the Vaults of Scepter, Wand, Dynamo and Musicor”. Festivities begin at 8PM and continue until 2AM. Plus a High West Whiskey tasting takes place  from 7-9pm. Enjoy..

Baderbraü Beer Launch + Smoky Joe’s Southside Soul Shack

Back in the 60s or maybe it was the 90s, Chicago had just one craft beer made locally: Baderbraü. Mike Marszweski, co-owner of Maria’s went to school with the brewery owner’s son and remembers drinking it with some sweet polish sausages somewhere up north.  We are excited to see how it tastes today. Come join Baderbraü from 5-9pm for a complementary pint. Lets give em a nice southside welcome. Joe Bryl will make sure your ears have advanced musical flavors. We will be pouring the best beer you can get in Chicago. The Chicagoist gives them a nice write up. Also on Friday Night! SMOKEY JOE’S SOUTHSIDE SOUL SHACK Featuring Groove Merchant “Smokey” Joe Bryl – Friday May 25 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover During the sixties and seventies no self-respecting mack-daddy would make the scene to any of Chicago’s many neighborhood night-time blues bars, juke joints or discos without a trip to Maxwell Street and more particularly Smokey Joe’s on the corner of Roosevelt and Halsted, the mecca for the most current dapper and stylish trend-setting clothing. Behind its doors, one could find everything from brightly colored Nehru jackets, flowing paisley patterned shirts, leather jackets fringed with fur, stripped bell-bottomed pants and disco boots with 4 inch heels. This look and attitude was perfectly captured by singer William DeVaughn in his 1972 much-sampled hit “”Be Thankful for What You Got” with its lyrics . . . Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac Gangsta whitewalls, TV antennas in the back You may not have a car at all But remember brothers and sisters You can still stand tall Just be thankful for what you got. Diamond in the back, sunroof top Diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean To re-imagine and re-live some of this essence Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar is hosting “Smokey Joe’s Southside Soul Shack” this Friday, May 25. Hosted by crate diggin’ groove merchant “Smokey” Joe Bryl, the party will feature the best soul-drenched songs, funk bombs and underground disco beats from the past and the present. We’re inviting all dapper dudes and hip mamas to polish and put your dancing shoes on for a night of churning and burning dance action. The funk drops at 8PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover.

Craft Whiskey and Craft Beer Pairings with Ken and Eric

We love craft beer. And we love craft distilleries. Please join us as we pair the amazing selection of High West Whiskeys with Maria’s always exceptional draft line up. Whiskey Beer pairing specials will take place all night long as suggested by Eric and Ken. You can also just sample the High West portfolio for free from 7 to 9pm. see ya.

Large Format Thursdays

Take $2 off all Large Format Beers. They are to be shared.  Unless you are thirsty.

Community Brewing Tuesday

Every Tuesday Maria’s features complementary beer tastings by breweries. This tuesday join us for tasting of what we ( Codename: Brewing Team Maria’s) are mucking around with. Join us from 7-9pm for the free tastes..

Korean Polish BBQ !

Every Monday Maria’s hosts a complementary Korean Polish BBQ and features $1 off all of our drafts. Stop by between 5:30-7:30 pm for the acton. (Unless it’s raining!!)