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.


Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…
Tuesday, November 8 PM – Free, No Cover 
960 W 31st Street, Chicago, Il


Join us at Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar on election night, Tuesday November 8, as we watch the results roll in for our “ELECTION BREW HA HA“. Starting at 8 PM, we’ll all be glued to the TV to see if either Hillary “The Shady Lady” Clinton or Donald “The Orange Crush” Trump wins this no-hold-barred, winner-take-all grudge match that we’re calling “THE VOTE’S ON US BATTLE ROYALE”. 
Like the rest of the nation, we’ll be nervously watching the results during the evening. We’ll be screening the results on our video projectors that’ll bring you closer to the action as the votes get tallied. Some political pugilistic prognosticators have called this season’s contest the “Thriller Without Any Winner” yet we feel that it’ll go until the final round, late into the night with possibly neither candidate conceding defeat. You can watch as Hillary weaves from right to center and to left changing positions with the ease of a seasoned veteran as Trump jabs and flails away incoherently often relying on his famous “Rope A Dope Voter” fighting stance while shouting “Get her out of here!”. The question is, will Hillary at long last win the crown after many years of bruising political combat or will her apprentice hungry opponent capitalize on the nation’s malaise and sheer apathy and economically find a way to land a knockout punch. Only the referees of the Electoral College will decide the winner by telling the loser “You’re fired!”
While cheering on your favorite fighter you’ll also be able to quench your thirst (for compromise your ideals) with our specially made “Election Selection” cocktails. Maria’s expert mixologists and political pundits have created these powerful political potions that we hope will reflect and capture the nature and personality of those individuals who aspire and perspire for the presidency.
The Election Selection: 
The Chillary – This frigid bracer has sometimes left those on the Left out in the cold since it is sometimes is served watered down and has changed its ingredients over decades of tinkering. This wine slushie (aka whine slush fund me) is concocted with Sauvignon Blanc, Peach Nectar and Suze liquor However, our bartenders have given it a new twist that is somewhat saucy yet traditional but with a bitter aftertaste that will leave you with a slight Berning sensation.
The Trump Screw You Driver – This potent potable made from vodka, turmeric simple syrup, orange juice and a turmeric-ancho pepper rim for a little bite. It has been known to bring on a rapid deterioration of normal thought processes causing confusion, hallucinations of grandeur and senseless babble. After two of these people have been known to have intense perceptual disturbances such as visions of undocumented refugees and have awoken the next day with their skin turned to a dark orange hue. This cocktail is offered in two sizes, one regular (HUGE!) and one for those with smaller hands.
The Undercard Special: 
The Fernet Sanders – This gray haired pugilist/socialist has been fighting the good fight for his entire career. Know for his powerful left jab, his long-standing time in the ring has earned him many new young fans who have just recently been drawn to his tenacity and verve. His passion and skill in and outside of the ring has seen him outlast many younger opponents in his numerous political battles and scuffles. Our Fernet Sanders is made with bourbon, Letherbee Fernet, simple Syrup and Angostura bitters (especially added for those who are still bitter about the selection process). 

All drinks are $9
Kimski Specials include the Grab the Bun Burger and the I Have No Choice Burger!

Maria’s: Making Cocktails Great Again!

There is no cover for the event.


Maria‘s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Brunchlox, and Kimski presents… 

Sunday, Oct 30 (2-8 PM)
960 W 31st Street, Chicago Il

Kimski is making Brunch! Special menu for a special day. Catch it while you can. 

Featured Dishes:
Biscuits & Gravy – house made biscuits, homemade sausage gravy
Ko Po Slinger – scrambled eggs, hashed potatoes, veggie chili, scallions, sharp cheddar
Egg, Sausage, Potato platter
Tasso Ham and Eggs Benedict 

Maria’s will be offering Bloody Maria’s in addition to their 40+ draft beers, hundreds of bottles/cans, and delicious craft cocktails! Drink specials on the day as well.
A frightfully good reason to get out of bed on Halloween Weekend Sunday! Plenty of treats with tasty eats and beats! 

With DJs: 

ACIDMAN, MIDWAY HUSTLE (Mero + JSquare), M.A.P.S. (Mark Almaria + Sushi), GENGHISWON and KARL ALMARIA


Pumpkin Carving Night w/ New Belgium Brewery

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…


Pumpkin Carving Night w/ New Belgium Brewery
Saturday, October 29 (5 PM – 9 PM)
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588

You can make your mark on Saturday, Oct 29 between 5–9 PM when Maria’s with New Belgium Brewery will be presenting a Pumpkin Carving Night. Carving tools and pumpkins provided (no purchase necessary) for you to whittle away the hours. We also will be featuring some tasty autumnal beers that are perfect for the fall season.

Tappings include:

Pumpkick: What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing. Available in August-October 2016.

Le Terroir: Le Terroir: French, meaning ‘from the terrain, soil, land, ground, earth.’ You may have heard it as a wine term speaking of the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. But beer has it too, especially a New Belgium sour beer, which oozes terroir from the pores of the wooden foeders we age it in. Le Terroir is a complex blend of sour Felix, and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and, for 2016, Crystal hops. The result is a fruity, citrusy, winelike drink with a huge hop nose.

Hop Kitchen Bretta IPA: Follow the rules, keep on the straight and narrow, play it safe—isn’t it time you shook things up a bit? Life’s too exotic to stick to the familiar, so hop on the wild side with Bretta IPA. This Hop Kitchen release dares to cross wickedly wild Brettanomyces yeast with some of our favorite fruity hop varieties. Conditioned on two strains of Brettanomyces for a month, the IPA’s citrusy, piney hop notes courtesy of Equinox, Galaxy and Warrior riff off the yeast’s pineapple flavors, while rustic undertones emphasize a wild streak. Bring the funk and mix it up with Bretta IPA.

Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale: To craft this confection, we dove into our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes for inspiration, and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. The result is a full-bodied beer that seduces with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Put down the spoon, pick up a pint.

For more information contact Eric Olson @ elolson88@gmail.com

Avery Brewering Seasonal Specialties Tapping This Thursday

Maria‘s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…
Avery Brewering Seasonal Specialties Tapping
Thursday, October 27th – 5-9 PM
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588
With the change of the season so comes changes in drink habits. On these crisp nights that beckon for darker and maltier beers to warm us up from the autumnal chill we move to heavier, heartier and spicier brews. Whether one’s huddling around a campfire, pre-gaming for a trip to the pumpkin patch or relaxing with friends at Maria’s, we’re teaming up with Avery Brewing onThursday, Oct. 27 (5-9 PM) for a Seasonal Specialties Tapping to savor some toasty brews that bring the essence of fall festivities to life.

The Beers:
2017 Rumpkin
A monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. 18% ABV
6oz for $8
2017 Pump[KY]n
Bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter. 15% ABV
6oz for $8
The Kaiser
Gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent Noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest. 9% ABV
9oz for $6

Vanilla Bean Stout
A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout. 10.8% ABV
9oz for $7
And other Lower-ABV from Avery will be on tap as well.
So drop on by for some of these unique and creative brews from Avery Brewing to welcome in the season. Since 1993 Avery Brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles and categories. Their beers are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.
For further information contact Eric Olson @ elolson88@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 24: Ballast Point 20th Anniversary


We’re on Point!

Join us @ Maria’s on Sat Sept 24 @ 6 PM for a special Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover

Roots to Boots: Small batch beers from their R&D brewery (21 beers in all) including

American Wheat with Cherries, Belgian Tripel Ale, Biere de Garde, Schwarzbier, Double India Pale Ale, Sculpin, California Kolsch, California Amber, Copper Ale on Nitro, Calm Before the Storm, Grunion, The Commodore, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Mango Even Ale, Watermelon Dorado and Two Firkins

Deep Beats & On Point Brews

Tues Sept 20 – DJs Jim Kaps and Bill Ocean


Weds Sept 21 – Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez 

Thurs Sept 22 – Pretty All Right Night hosted by Pilsen-based label (Pretty All Right) with DJs Tom Owens & Jillian Musielak

Fri Sept 23 –  Post-Punk Attack – DJ Justin Long

Sat Sept 24 – Future Is Cancelled – DJ Mike Broers 
Early event starting @ 6 PM – Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover

Sun Sept 25 – The Thrift Score: Cover Lovers – Host Glenn Russell plus the Cover Lovers DJ crew 

Mon Sept 26 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C 


This Week at Maria’s Community Bar

Tues Sept 13 – AM Country Gold – DJ Erik aka JERK 214369l
Weds Sept 14 – Bartender’s Choice
Thurs Sept 15 – Middle Eastern Melodies & Electronic Twists – DJ Catieo 08
Fri Sept 16 – Homegrown – DJ Sol Sun bass-culture-boss-sounds
Sat Sept 17 – Music Worth Knowing – DJ Glenn Russell 12tophits
Sun Sept 18 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR 11219701_10204404181479944_6068364366769011104_n Mon Sept 19 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C detroit-jazz-composers-ltd-hastings-street-jazz-experience

Aug 12: Half Acre/ Marz Release Omnolith, a beer for Lumpen Magazine’s 25th

omnolith A.J. Liebling once said: that the ‘freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.’ So it’s a good thing we do. – Ed Marszewski, Publisher of Lumpen Magazine Lumpen is a long running magazine that chronicles the countercultures. The scathing and hilarious arts culture and politics magazine has been recognized and celebrated for its editorial that is poignant and thought-provoking to marginalized and irreverent. For 25 years Lumpen has been a champion of independent culture showcasing the literary  and visual arts, culinary culture, innovative music, start up businesses, progressive politics and irreverent humor. We started with Lumpen magazine, branched out to the web, started more publications, events, festivals and now, an FM radio station for the City of Chicago on the dial at 105.5fm To celebrate and mark the 25th anniversary of Lumpen Magazine, fellow arts and culture supporters Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher, of Half Acre beer collaborated with Lead Brewer Tim Lange and Lumpen publisher, Ed Marszewski of Marz Community Brewing, to brew an Imperial Red Lager, with an ABV of 7.5%. In poking fun at the left wing publication, Magliaro suggested that. “It could be fun to bend the name of the beer around the idea of a giant, all encompassing organization that aims to pull the life from anything pure and successful.” and suggested the name of the beer Omnolith. It was unanimously endorsed by all. This is the second time Half Acre has made a commemorative beer for Lumpen . On it’s 20th anniversary in 2011, Half Acre brewed the Imperial Red Ale called The Chairman and that experience probably foolishly inspired the Lumpens to get into brewing. To bring the collaboration to another level the design of the label was worked on by both breweries’ lead designers. Phineas Jones, from Half Acre worked with Marz Community Brewing’s Creative Director, Michael Freimuth, to capture the spirit of Lumpen’s Omnolithic irreverence by using inspiration from the  architecture of brutalist east european monuments. By examining the shapes and geometry of those 60’s era structures the two were able to design a simple minimalist icon to adorn the label. On Friday August 12, Omnolith will be released at Half Acre Brewing’s Lincoln Brewing facility at 11 am. Lumpen Magazine will be giving away various back issues of the publications at the bottle release event. That night Lumpen will take over Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar (960 W 31st St) for the south-side bottle release and celebration. Starting at 5pm , attendees can either get a bottle to go or enjoy a draft pour in the bar. Kimski will be creating a special to pair with the beer and  More back issue of the Lumpen magazine will be given away.

Help Build a New Community Radio Station

Captura-de-pantalla-2016-07-05-a-las-7.03 Many Maria’s fans might be aware that we support many of the projects produced and facilitated by local non profit, Public Media Institute. They publish Lumpen Magazine, Mash Tun Journal and run the rad art space, Co-Prosperity Sphere. We are also involved with underwriting their newest and most ambitious media project, Lumpen Radio. Lumpen Radio is a new community radio station that can reach over 2.3 million potential listeners daily.  It is based down the block from Maria’s and we think it will become  an amazing addition to the rich cultural life of our neighborhood and the city. Lumpen Radio is  very close to getting the station on the air but it needs additional financial support. They have launched a Summer Swag-A-Thon where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, pint glasses and more, with all of the proceeds going towards paying their radio tower site construction fees. Please consider helping them out! Visit http://lumpenradio.bigcartel.com/ and get some cool stuff. You will be supporting an organization that is one of the reasons Maria’s Community Bar became what it is today.