Category Archives: Maria’s Stuff

A Solid Gold New Years Eve Extravaganza @ Maria’s

Slip on your disco high-heeled shoes, grab your glow stick, dab on your sparkling eyeliner and put on your androgynous clothing for a ballroom blitz on Saturday, December 31 and join us at Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar for our Solid Gold New Years Eve Extravaganza. 

We’re combining parts of Soul Train, Glam Rock, Disco Boogie and 80’s New Wave Electro-Pop for an explosive celebration as we ring in 2017. 

DJ Glen Russell, the Disco Synth Godfather will be laying down the grooves to make you bump, hustle and shake your groove thang while our own personal Solid Gold Go-Go Dancers will be strutting their stuff

We’ll be decking out Maria’s in sparkling gold  and disco balls illuminating the rooms in shimmering light. Kimski’s will be passing out complementary h’dourves while Maria’s will be pouring some festive golden libations and amber-hued beers to get you in the proper mood. 

So join us for a night of pure decadence, debauchery and dancing for an evening of La Dolce Vita, the sweet life.

There is no cover for the Solid Gold New Years Eve Extravaganza. We start burning the candles at both ends at 8 PM and blowing them out at 3 AM.

Special BBQ Menu at Kimski this December 6 thru December 11


We asked Chef Tony to cut loose and freak us with some exceptional smoked meats and BBQ action at Kimski this week. Enjoy.

New Zealand Venison Sloppy Joe along with Pickled Jalapeños, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Mixed Greens with a Walnut-Sage Vinagrette.

Char Siu Rib Tips with Potato Wedges  and Homemade Bread.
Hong Shao Rou ( Braised Pork Belly)  with Poached Bok Choy and White Rice.

Pepper Crusted Smoked Brisket with Brussels, Bacon and Root Vegetables

Smoked & Braised Hoisen Short Rib with Cauliflower Pureé  and Puffed Rice.

Korean Polish BBQ Monday, Oct 19 – 5:30pm


Join us while the weather permits, for some complementary KoPo BBQ with Chef Won Kim of Kimski’s.. We are sick and tired of waiting for our new joint to open, so come get some…


Call for Participation: Over The Influence: The Art of Beer

artofbeer Call for Participation: Over The Influence: The Art of Beer Mash Tun Journal and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar are are teaming up with Chef Won Kim of Brew Ha Ha to bring you another visual and brewery arts exhibition and happening. This edition, called Over The Influence: The Art of Beer, takes place May 18, 2013 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere ( 3219 S Morgan Street). We are seeking work from artists and designers inspired by the aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. We are looking for work in any media. Please email edmarlumpen(at) if you would like to submit to the show. Please send a  description of the of the work and enclose 1-3 jpegs of previous work. Deadline is 4/20/13 for proposals. Words and photos about the previous show: Under The Influence: The Art of Beer Good Beer Hunting Girls Like Beer Too

Hooray For the Mixtape Tonight!

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.

Community of the Future Meeting: Bridgeport Alliance

Join us for a weekly gathering where guest speakers and experts in their fields of interest help us re-imagine what our neighborhood, Bridgeport, can become. Its a place to meet your neighbors and new friends from afar. Join us to share your ideas on how to make positive community contributions and learn some new tactics and strategies for improvement, all while drinking a few craft beers. Please come this Sunday at 6pm for a presentation about the BRIDGEPORT ALLIANCE!
Bridgeport Alliance is a grassroots organization of local residents and institutions committed to engage in the decision making that impacts our community utilizing education, advocacy, and collaborative action to promote responsive government and an improved quality of life for all residents.
Bridgeport Alliance plans to be a multi-issue organization. The Alliance is currently a member of the Clean Power Coalition, and working with several other Chicago-based organizations to pass an ordinance that will shut down the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants that are causing deaths and illness in our communities. Through SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation). BA has offered, and will continue to offer, grassroots leadership trainings in Bridgeport, the community of the future.
Join members of the Alliance Sunday, 6pm, at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar (31st and Morgan) for more information about the group and how to get involved.

New Years Eve Party @ Maria’s and Co-Prosperity Sphere

Maria’s & Co-Prosperity Sphere invite you to a Craft Beer New Year’s Eve Party. Saturday, Dec 31,  9 pm – 2:30 am Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan Street. $40 The party at the Co-Prosperity Sphere is  SOLD OUT>>> Maria’s Has NO COVER tonight. This will be an Epic All You Can Drink Craft Beer Party featuring flagship beers from Dogfish Head, Three Floyds, Half Acre and Stone Brewing. It includes the best beers of the season, an all you eat banquet of food catered by Maria’s, a bubbly toast, and a cash rare draft bar ($3 pours) along with some other secret stuff. Enjoy live musical performances by the Chandeliers, Valis, Deep Sleep, Beats, and Sich Mang. And dance with the sonic libations of the Sonorama DJ Collective and DJs Le Deuce & Quick Paw. Featured Beers at Co-Prosperity Sphere: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew Dogfish Head Faithfull Dogfish Head Burton Baton Dogfish Tahenket Dogfish Head Immort Ale Dogfish Head Chicory Stout Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre Half Acre Avena Sativa Half Acre/Lumpen The Chairman Half Acre Daisy Cutter Stone IPA Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 Stone Russian Imperial Stout Three Floyd’s GumballHead Three Floyd’s Alpha King Maria’s will be also open for a sister party with no cover charge and free champaign toast. We will enter the new year with an insane tap line-up and sounds curated and spun by Joe Bryl. Maria’s will be serving some incredible brews: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Dogfish Head 120 Minute, Dogfish Head Hellhound, Dogfish Head Fort, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Half Acre/Lumpen The Chairman, Founder’s Backwoods Bastard, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught, Three Floyd’s Jinx Proof, Three Floyd’s Gumball Head, Stone Double Bastard, Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11,  Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela and more… ///////////// Admission to the party is SOLD OUT. If you purchased a ticket  your name will be on the RSVP ticket list.  You will have your name listed plus the number of guests (if any). You must be 21 or over and show your ID for entry.
If you have any trouble with the paypal link please email edmarlumpen (a) You can also purchase tickets at Maria’s with cash or credit…

Maria’s wins a Chicago Magazine 2011 Best of Chicago award!

We won an award for BEST DIVE MAKEOVER ” MARIA’S PACKAGED GOODS & COMMUNITY BAR Bridgeport never felt so exotic. When Ed Marszewski, the man behind the indie rag Lumpen and the gallery Co-Prosperity Sphere, tweaked his mom’s 25-year-old bottle-shop-slash-dive last year, he knew what he was doing. First there is Maria’s new façade—chic sign, varnished paneling—clearly overseen by an artistic eye. Then there’s the act of entering the bar: Just try not to feel like a character in a mystery novel as you cross the front room, a shoebox of a liquor store specializing in craft beer, before passing through a walk-in cooler door into the bar in back. And then there’s the beer list: more than 400 options, all recorded in a menu—more of a chapbook, really—that’s updated weekly, like clockwork. Your new routine: Pick up a savory pie next door at Pleasant House Bakery, order a Dark Horse Too Cream Stout, and grab a table in Maria’s backroom.”

Tonight: Korean Polish Bar B Q

That’s right.. come visit us for our weekly Polish Korean BBQ night. $1 off craft drafts. Free food from 5:30- 7:30pm or until the kimchee runs out…