The South Loop’s New Industrial Beer Den: Villains Chicago

When was the last time you grabbed a beer in the Printer’s Row area? If you don’t live in the area, it’s probably been a while, but with Villains Chicago that’s about to change.

The new South Loop, bar and restaurant taking a new approach with its 40-deep draft beer menu by creating a dual-temperature cooler to guarantee the beer is chilled to the exact specifications of the brewer. Only a handful of these coolers exist in the US and Villains will be the first location in Chicago to have one.  

Executive Chef Dennis Stover, formerly of The Publican, Big Star, Longman & Eagle, and Hot Chocolate, will lead the kitchen with a classical American menu. Developed for the food and beer connoisseur, each dish will have a beer pairing that complements its flavors and complexities.

Designer Brian Willette is using inspiration from Printer’s Row’s past to convey a cool and industrial feeling that gives a nod to the neighborhood’s publishing history. To keep the astetics local, Willette is working with local artisans to fabricate the unique elements like the beer taps.

Opening this spring, consider Villains an excuse to visit your friends in the South Loop. 

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Chicago Editor Joe Piehl
Joe Piehl

A TLT contributor since 2010, Joe is the Chicago Editor. Outside TLT, Joe keeps an eye out for awesome activities and he writes a travel blog: Joe the Explorer.

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