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This Week In Beer: Beyond Goose Island

The sale of Goose Island to Anheuser-Busch InBev dominated headlines this week and drew the attention of the city’s boozehounds. But two pieces of legislation–one on the state level, one on the national level–promise to impact big beer, small beer, and beer drinkers in Illinois and throughout the country.

Inside the Vault: An Early Peek at Wicker Park’s Bank-Turned-Bar-and-Kitchen The Bedford

Finally! Instead of saddling another major intersection with a blank-faced bank, someone’s taking a stand and opening a bar. Well, a bar inside an old bank.
The brother/sister development team of Eric and Anne Nordness and their partner, Matthew Mering, all of Salita Development, took me on a tour yesterday of their new Wicker Park venture-in-progress, The Bedford…

Big Ben

List Price: $2.499 million
The Project: By far the largest home in the St. Ben’s neighborhood, this newly completed mansion fills the shell of a former six-flat apartment building. The builder Bill Varney took advantage of the wide, shallow structure to create a home whose expansive southern façade lets virtually every room bask in sunlight…