Tomorrow (Sun 12-4pm) Vittles Brunch: ENGLISH EDITION 🇬🇧

HOUSE PLATES

FLAKEY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & SAWMILL GRAVY: House made sausage-gravy, fresh baked biscuits, & two eggs any style.
CORNED BEEF HASH: Corned beef, red, potato, onion, bell pepper, scallion, & two eggs any style.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Full stack, pure maple syrup, & choice of meat.
HUNGRY PERSON BREAKFAST: Two eggs any style, choice of meat, toast, hashbrowns, & grits.
EGGS BENEDICT: Canadian bacon, poached eggs, house hollandaise and hashbrown.

SPECIALS

FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST: House baked beans, buttered house white bread toast, charred tomato, sauteed mushrooms, hashbrown, sliced bacon, house black pudding, house white pudding, house bangers & 1 egg any style. $14.00
VEGGIE ENGLISH BREAKFAST: House baked beans, buttered white bread toast, charred tomato, sauteed mushrooms, hashbrown,& 1 egg any style. $10.00
FISH & CHIPS: Cod coated in a beer batter and fried crisp served with hand cut french fries, house tarter sauce, ‘chippy sauce’, & lemon. $12.00

A LA CARTE OFFERINGS

EGGS, ANY STYLE
SIDE OF BREAKFAST MEAT: Housemade sausage, bacon or canadian bacon.
SIDE OF BREAD: Housemade white toast, flakey buttermilk biscuits, English muffin.
SHORT STACK OF PANCAKES: Two silver dollar pancakes.
HASHBROWNS
GRITS: Sweet or savory.
SEASONAL FRUIT: Served with cream and digestive biscuits.

HOUSE MADE PASTRIES

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING: Moist black treacle cake served warm with toffee sauce and smoked vanilla ice cream. $6.50
VICTORIA SPONGE: Delicate sponge cake sandwiched with house made strawberry jam served with whipped cream. $5.00

Followed by regular Kimski menu 5-9 PM

This Week at Maria’s and Kimski

Tues March 7 – Bartender’s Choice
Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails

Weds March 8 – Maria’s Game Night – Trading Races kick-off – 7-11 PM



Trading Races is a party game for Black culture. Know black history or blackness? Let’s see if you can out-black folks.

Yes, absolutely. We all have a construct of how we define blackness. So why not have a conversation about it? People from all races, cultures, and gender have much to offer this conversation. Let’s talk about the constructs in a humorous and fun way and redefine them.

Defend your stance to the fullest and may the odds be forever in your favor. If played right, this is an extremely fun and entertaining game about the malleability of race. This game can really make people feel awkward, so you just have to remember… it’s just a game and to have fun with this shit.

Of course as on every Maria’s Game Night you can always join us to play some board games, card games and video games. We have a few dozen titles that you can play outside our usual old game library shelf in the original bar. But feel free to bring your own! Mario Kart will be provided.

Thurs March 9 – Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) – DJ Matthew Kylestewa, DJ Mark Reyes, DJ Joseph Guzzo III



Playing all genre’s and styles, digital and vinyl new releases.

Fri March 10 – Return of the Prodigal Son – DJ Joe Bryl

DJ Joe Bryl returns for a night of eclectic sounds with an aural exploration into the wide reaches of recorded music showcasing the best in new releases, re-issues and rare crate diggin’ finds. Warm sounds, soothing cocktails and beers are flowing all night.

Sat March 11 – Odd Style from the Numbered Streets – DJs Scrabblor & Dookie Blaster



Starts and ends with R&B and travels the beats between from hip hop to rock to jazz to disco

Sun March 12 & Mon March 13 – Bartender’s Choice

Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails

Kimski Specials This Week:

Tues March 7 – Burger night – Ground wagyu beef, house made pancetta, onion jam, cheddar on brioche spoke and bird bun

Weds March 8 – Dduk beok ki – Spicy rice cake dish with kimchi, house made sweet and spicy sauce, starch noodles with sliced polish sausage

Thurs March 9 – Rotating fried chicken special.

Fri March 10 – Fish and chips day! Fresh beer battered fried fish with house made tartar sauce, served with our house fries

Sat March 11 – Chef surprise!

HOT TROPICS at Maria’s

Tuesday, Feb 21 – Sprinkles – Bossa Nova Night with DJ Tossanova


SPRINKLES! is an ice-cream social featuring house made ices and confections by Kimski pastry chef Toni Fregoso. Our premier social will feature tropical flavors for HOT TROPICS. more info

Join DJ TOSSANOVA for an evening of poolside vibes and tropical libations for HOT TROPICS: spinning jazz, world pop, lounge, disco, funk as the bar pours up boozy-sorbet floats and caipirinhas all night!

Thursday, Feb 23 – Limbo Contest featuring DJ Trader Joe Bryl

“Jack be limbo, Jack be quick, Jack go unda limbo stick, All around the limbo clock, Hey, let’s do the limbo rock, Limbo lower now, Limbo lower now, How low can you go?”

See how “low you can go” in our Limbo contest and test out your fire down below. DJ Trader Joe Bryl will be digging into his collection of rare Limbo, Calypso, Steel Band, Latin and Brazilian records from many years deep diggin’ and unearth these treasures as our contestants compete in a classic Limbo contest seeing who is the most limber. Made popular during the fifties, the Limbo became an over-night craze and is the traditional national dance of Trinidad and Tobago.


As a spicy addition to the flavor of the Hot Tropics festivities, Kimski will have pan Asian themed specials all week long. 

Kimski Specials: 
Tuesday Feb 21 Loco Moco
Wednesday Feb 22 – Tropical Fried Chicken
Thursday Feb 23 – Pig Roast
Friday Feb 24 – Glass Noodles
Saturday Feb 25 – TBD

Hot Tropics: A Week of Fun in the Sun


Hot Tropics: A Week of Fun in the Sun
Starting Friday, Feb 17 and continuing to Saturday, Feb. 25
960 W 31st St, Chicago 

We’re having a heat wave,
A tropical heat wave,
The temperature’s rising,
It isn’t surprising,

She certainly can can-can.
– Heatwave by Irving Berlin

While we all expectantly await with anticipation for the end of the winter doldrums and the beginning of warmer and longer days, Maria’s and Kimski will be offering a week-long series of activities and events calculated to energize your spirits (with the right type of spirits) and warm up your blue funk (with plenty of funky fiery rhythms). We will transform our neighborhood watering hole into a torrid tropical hideaway, an island oasis and a relaxing retreat for our urban beachcombers and castaways. So, to enliven and enhance this sense of renewed invigoration and energy, we invite you to join us for Hot Tropics: A Week of Fun in the Sun from Friday, February 17 until  Saturday, February 25. 

To cool off your palette and put you in the proper festive summery mood, Maria’s expert mixologists have concocted some tasty exotic Tiki cocktails that were calling our “Sipping Safari”.

Featured cocktails:

LIL Havana – $8
Blackwell Rum, Cherry Bark Cola & LIme

Mike’s Tai – $12
Light Rum, Dark Rum, Orange Curacao, House Orgeat, Lime & Orange Juice 

Scorpion Bowl – $20 (To be served to groups of 2 or more)
Gin, Dark Rum, Light Rum, Vodka, House Grenadine, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice, Flaming 151 

Slushy
Pina Colada Squish – $10
Frozen Rum, Pineapple Juice & Coconut Cream 


Daily list of events:

Friday, Feb. 17 – Super Pina Collider, DJ Sol Sun

Hot Tropics kicks off with the release of Super Pina Collider from Marz at 6 PM

The black and tan has been done before, but what about tan and black? Marz Community Brewing Co and Pipeworks Brewing used science and math to reverse the poles! Marz made a Black Berliner Weisse and added 150# of pineapple chunks to the fermenter. Pipeworks brewed a White Stout with coconut. This special collaboration brew was meant to be poured into the same glass together or enjoyed on their own. You decide. Coconuts float on pineapples.

Bottles of each brewery’s Super Piña Collider will be available for purchase in the bottle shop. During the kick off of Hot TropicsMaria’s will be serving drafts pours of the Super Duper Piña Collider Black and Tan served in a glass tiki mug. Mahalo!

We will also be featuring DJ Sol Sun that evening showcasing some burning sounds from Brazil, Latin America and also including a diverse selection of breezy seventies Hawaiian disco and funk that until recently never made it to the mainland. This curious hybrid incorporated the influx of American rock and roll that flew across the waters when Hawaii achieved statehood with a soulful blend of jazz fusion and funk heavily influenced by such bands like Tower of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire.



Saturday, Feb 18 – DJ Logan Bay, The Hula Honeys

Resident DJ Logan Bay, who has lived and played extensively in the Far East, will be hosting Passport Control (a rather politically timely name to be sure) featuring Thai, tropical and world jams and a selection of hot beats from hotter climates. Adding to these sizzling sounds will be “The Hula Honeys”, our red-hot dance troupe who will lead the audience into the highly charged and fever-driven gyrations of the tropics. 

Sunday, Feb 19 – King Kona Karaoke 

You can test out your musical skills as an island-bound ballad crooner and imagine yourself down by the shack by the sea with our dapper master of ceremonies King Kona. So whether it’s Tiny Bubbles and Pearly Shells or I Will Survive and Purple Rain this is your time to shine and be The Voice (at least on this balmy night in Bridgeport).

Tuesday, Feb 21 – Sprinkles – Bossa Nova Night with DJ Tossanova

Calling all girls from Ipanema! Fly down with us to sunny and sensuous Rio for an evening of Brazilian Bossa Nova beats with DJ Tossanova and immerse yourself into the Carnival atmosphere of hedonism and riotous rhythms. DJ Tossanova will showcase the unique and original musical styles of Brazil such as Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB, Tropicalia, Choro, Lambada and Funk Carioca. As Jorge Ben sings in Pais Tropical, “I live in a tropical country blessed by God, And beautiful by nature, what a beauty, In February (in February), It has carnival (it has carnival)”

Also, as a special additional treat we will be serving some soft served ice cream concocted by Chef Tony.

Thursday, Feb 23 – Limbo Contest featuring DJ Trader Joe Bryl

“Jack be limbo, Jack be quick, Jack go unda limbo stick, All around the limbo clock, Hey, let’s do the limbo rock, Limbo lower now, Limbo lower now, How low can you go?”

See how “low you can go” in our Limbo contest and test out your fire down below. DJ Trader Joe Bryl will be digging into his collection of rare Limbo, Calypso, Steel Band, Latin and Brazilian records from many years deep diggin’ and unearth these treasures as our contestants compete in a classic Limbo contest seeing who is the most limber. Made popular during the fifties, the Limbo became an over-night craze and is the traditional national dance of Trinidad and Tobago.

As a spicy addition to the flavor of the Hot Tropics festivities, Kimski will have pan Asian themed specials all week long. 

Kimski Specials: 
Friday Feb 17 – Sweet and Sour Pork
Saturday Feb 18 – Bun Bo Hue ( Pho with Satay skewers) 
Sunday Feb 19 – Indonesian Short Ribs – Sunday Soup as well
Tuesday Feb 21 Loco Moco
Wednesday Feb 22 – Tropical Fried Chicken
Thursday Feb 23 – Pig Roast
Friday Feb 24 – Glass Noodles
Saturday Feb 25 – TBD

Maria’s Chosen as Best Bar in Chicago

We want to thank Chicago Magazine for choosing our bar as the #1 Best Bar in the city and saying its “as close as you can get to perfect.”

The Chili Battle Royale


Thursday Jan 19, 2017 6-9pm

Food and beverage industry folk go head to head in this inclusive Chili Battle Royale. Taste 8 different batches and watch these Chili Titans battle to win the popular vote, battle in a game of chili pong (imagine beer pong but with chili), and a round of Mario Kart. Participants include Green River, Goose Island, Sportsman Club, Cafe Marie Jeanne, Untitled Supper Club, Slow Motion for Meat, Scuba Steve and a few other surprise battlers!

Drink Specials and Good Times ahead.

Infinity In Stereo: Unique Sounds from the Hi-Fi Hosted by DJ Glenn Russell with Chicago’s Premier Crate Digging Crew

 
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
Infinity In Stereo: Unique Sounds from the Hi-Fi
Hosted by DJ Glenn Russell with Chicago’s Premier Crate Digging Crew
Sunday, January 22: 8pm-2am – Free No Cover
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, Il. 60608, 773-890-0588

Variety, for some is the spice of life and for others just an weekly entertainment trade journal. For us at Maria’s Packaged Good & Community Bar it is the combination of both entertainment and diversity in both music, libation and lifestyle. To showcase the various layers of musical heterogeneity Maria’s is showcasing “Infinity In Stereo: Unique Sounds from the Hi-Fi” on Sunday, January 22 (8 PM – 2 AM). Hosted by DJ Glenn Russell with the able assistance of Chicago’s Premier Crate Digging Crew, “Infinity In Stereo: Unique Sounds from the Hi-Fi” will feature a diverse spectrum of hidden musical gems, both past and present, and all all vinyl. Digging deep into their vast record collection, our fervid musical archaeologists will bring light to many artists, styles and forms of music that are often sadly overlooked or unknown to the common ear. Music will range from Peruvian funk, French garage psyche, Zambian Afro-rock, sunshine pop, heavy dub plates, soul jazz, spaced-out jazz funk, sublime samba sounds, trippy psychedelia, Latin boogaloo, sweet electro-jazz, Sound Library private pressings, Out-Sound experimental sound breakers, raw Delta blues, synthesized electronic tweeks, enigmatic vocal harmonies.and many other little heard gems from the past and to the present.

Maria’s will compliment this diverse musical palette with its extensive selection of artisanal beers, wines and liquors. Presently, Maria stocks over 250 craft beers and ales, both domestic and foreign, plus a wide selection of small batch liquors, wines and specialty cocktails. As an added incentive, there is no cover charge for the event. 

So drop on by, select a drink to get the winter chill out and sit back and relax to some of the most amazing music that you probably never heard.
 
Infinity In Stereo: Unique Sounds from the Hi-Fi will continue every 4th Sunday of each month.
 
For further information contact Joe Bryl @ 312.493.5807 or joebryl54@gmail.com
 

Illuminated Brew Works Beer Tapping at Maria’s – Weds Jan 11 – 6-9 PM

Please join us at Maria’s (960 W. 31st St) for a winter beer tapping featuring 4 premier beers from Illuminated Brew Works on Wednesday, January 11 (6-9 PM) including . . .

Jinx Remover – Brett Pale Ale 5.1% ABV
 
Illuminated wanted to make something with a caramel heart with a dose of acidity. Using a tart finishing yeast and a pale ale grist they then blended the base beer with their 100% brett fermented Cult of Ed to help accentuate the floral notes of the dry hopped base.  The result is a highly sessionable beer with about four distinct points of flavor.
 
Marble Faun – Cherry Rye Farmhouse 5.4% ABV
 
They built a delicious rye farmhouse and finished it with sour cherry puree to create a sipper both complex and fruity.
 
Black Lodge – Cherry Coffee Stout 8.3% ABV
 
In tribute to Special Agent Dale Cooper and all his hard work on the Blue Rose case, we’ve added Abacus coffee and sour cherry puree to our Black Maw stout.  Every day you should give yourself a treat.
 
All Colors of the Dark – Barrel Aged Sour Stout 7.8% ABV
 
All Colors of the Dark takes their Black Maw black licorice stout and aged it for a year and a half in FEW rye barrels letting the Rodenbach blend of yeast and bugs work their magic. They then blend and balance that back with a farmhouse aged on the same bugs to create a rich tapestry of dark and sweet fruits balanced on an inky black base.
 
This will be a great opportunity to taste some of these wonderful winter warmers and take a leisurely break from the bitter cold weather. Enjoy!
 
For further information contact Pat Gossett by emailing pjg0180 at gmail.com

Vittles @ Maria’s – Weekly Sunday Brunch Starting Sun Jan 8: 12-4pm





Indulge yourself in a warming winter brunch repast for our Vittles @ Maria’s starting Sunday, January 8 between noon to 4pm. Chef Tony Fregoso of Kimski will be introducing his weekly Sunday brunch menu bringing in the new year. The month of January will feature seasonal specialties with an emphasis on Southern cooking. Each following month’s offerings will change giving our Vittles brunch new twists and tastes.

Featured brunch items:

HOUSE PLATES:
FLAKEY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & SAWMILL GRAVY: house made sausage-gravy, fresh baked biscuits, & two eggs any style. $11
CORNED BEEF HASH: house-corned beef, red potato, onion, bell pep- per, scallion, & two eggs any style. $13
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: full stack, bourbon-maple syrup, & two eggs any style. $10
HUNGRY PERSON BREAKFAST: two eggs any style, choice of meat, toast, hashbrowns, & grits. $13
EGGS BENEDICT: canadian bacon, poached eggs, house hollandaise, &
hashbrown $11

A LA CARTE OFFERINGS:
EGGS, ANY STYLE one or two $2 / $3
SIDE OF BREAKFAST MEAT: housemade sausage, bacon or canadian bacon. $4
SIDE OF BREAD: housemade white toast, akey buttermilk biscuits, or English muf n. $1.50 toast, $3 for biscuits or English muf n
SHORT STACK OF PANCAKES: two silver dollar pancakes. $3
HASHBROWNS $3
GRITS: sweet or savory. $4
CORNBREAD $3
HOPPIN JOHN: slow simmered black eyed peas, parsley & chives served with rice. Vegan, vegetarian, or w/pork. $5 veg, $6 w/pork
COLLARD GREENS: Vegan, vegetarian or w/pork. $5 veg, $6 w/pork
SEASONAL FRUIT: served with vanilla yogurt and granola. $5

BRUNCH SPECIAL:
COUNTRY FRIED STEAK: served with sawmill gravy, hashbrown, &
two eggs any style. $13

HOUSEMADE PASTRIES:
OLD FASHIONED PEANUT DONUT $5

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.