Grand Opening This Friday August 27

Here is a press release:



AUGUST 27, 2010 7PM – 2AM
960 W 31st Street Chicago Il 60608

For Inquiries contact:
Ed Marszewski

Friday, August 27 is the grand opening of Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar in the neighborhood of Bridgeport.

Formerly known as Kaplan’s Liquors, Maria’s is an old style Chicago tavern: half liquor store half bar. Maria Marszewski has owned it since 1986 and is now handing off the managerial reigns to her sons Mike and Ed. Both brothers have been behind the stick for the past two decades and decided it was time for a change.

The family has transformed the Nelson Algren experience of the former dive bar into a much needed community bar environment. Members and friends of the family helped with the concept and design, making the space a truly collaborative effort. This DIY redo features a significant remix of the former bar’s interior design. And old art deco cooler has been refurbished and moved to the front of the store and you can access the bar through the cooler door. There are some nice features: chandeliers made of beer bottles; recycled hardwood benches; hand crafted butcher block tables; and Mike’s beer can collection is featured in the bathrooms. Local artists’ work adorn the walls, and a vast network of artists, musicians and cultural workers of all stripes DJ each night.

Some of our neighbors are sommeliers, bar owners, certified beer cholos, small batch bourbon enthusiasts and home brewers. And they are helping us grow our beverage program in multiple directions.

The new menu for the bar features a special community created cocktail menu, ten beers on tap and around 99 craft and micro brewed beers.  The Packaged Goods part of the establishment features a good selection of whiskey, liquor, wine, and spirits and the aforementioned one ninety nine beers.

Maria’s also features competitive retail prices offering specials each month on a whiskey, wine and beer. The bar features a rotating seasonal beer list and new cocktail concoctions each month.

Join us Friday night, August 27, 2010 after 7PM to 2AM to get a taste of our contribution in making Bridgeport the Community of the Future.

Our dearest friends Bobby Conn and Julie Pomerleau will perform and our spiritual guru and advisor, Joe Bryl, the DJ of Djs will be on the turntables playing some of his esoteric collection of 45s.

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608


11am to 2am Sunday through Friday
11am to 3am Saturday

The Bar opens at 6pm


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