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

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

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:

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

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
GRITS: sweet or savory. $4
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

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


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.

Kimski presents Brunch-Ski Holiday Gala Day Party Extravaganza – Sun Dec 18 (2-5:30 PM)

Join us at Kimski (960 W. 31st St) on Sunday, December 18 between 2-5:30 PM and indulge yourself in a warming winter repast for our Brunch-Ski Holiday Gala Day Party Extravaganza. Chef Tony Fregoso will be previewing his weekly Sunday brunch menu coming up in the new year. You’ll also be able to fill yourself with some potent spirits and tasty brews at Maria’s plus our own special Bloody Mary’s. To further add to the festivities we’ll be joined by a crew of Chicago’s premier DJ’s and mix-masters including Lady D, John Simmons, John Mork, Juano and Karl Almaria. 

So, for a brunch out of the ordinary, pop into our party extravaganza for your pre-holiday fill of food, fun, and music.
The brunch will be followed by the regular Kimski Dinner Menu between 6-9 PM.

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