It’s a beer hall for people who wouldn’t otherwise be caught dead in one. This well-appointed space blurs the line between bar and restaurant, offering seasonal small plates matched to five carefully considered brews. Thanks to the deft touch of brewmaster Michael Carroll (who in a past life was Alinea’s baker), these beers drink like fine wines. Expect bready combinations—orange-chicory, beet-thyme—and offbeat flavors that subtly pop instead of sucker-punch, poured by inviting, gracious bartenders. 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave.,

Crowd Foodies of all ages
Food Full dinner menu
Top Tipple Beet-thyme ale, $7