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Saturday, Sept 24: Ballast Point 20th Anniversary


We’re on Point!

Join us @ Maria’s on Sat Sept 24 @ 6 PM for a special Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover

Roots to Boots: Small batch beers from their R&D brewery (21 beers in all) including

American Wheat with Cherries, Belgian Tripel Ale, Biere de Garde, Schwarzbier, Double India Pale Ale, Sculpin, California Kolsch, California Amber, Copper Ale on Nitro, Calm Before the Storm, Grunion, The Commodore, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Mango Even Ale, Watermelon Dorado and Two Firkins

Deep Beats & On Point Brews

Tues Sept 20 – DJs Jim Kaps and Bill Ocean


Weds Sept 21 – Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez 

Thurs Sept 22 – Pretty All Right Night hosted by Pilsen-based label (Pretty All Right) with DJs Tom Owens & Jillian Musielak

Fri Sept 23 –  Post-Punk Attack – DJ Justin Long

Sat Sept 24 – Future Is Cancelled – DJ Mike Broers 
Early event starting @ 6 PM – Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover

Sun Sept 25 – The Thrift Score: Cover Lovers – Host Glenn Russell plus the Cover Lovers DJ crew 

Mon Sept 26 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C 


This Week at Maria’s Community Bar

Tues Sept 13 – AM Country Gold – DJ Erik aka JERK 214369l
Weds Sept 14 – Bartender’s Choice
Thurs Sept 15 – Middle Eastern Melodies & Electronic Twists – DJ Catieo 08
Fri Sept 16 – Homegrown – DJ Sol Sun bass-culture-boss-sounds
Sat Sept 17 – Music Worth Knowing – DJ Glenn Russell 12tophits
Sun Sept 18 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR 11219701_10204404181479944_6068364366769011104_n Mon Sept 19 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C detroit-jazz-composers-ltd-hastings-street-jazz-experience

Aug 12: Half Acre/ Marz Release Omnolith, a beer for Lumpen Magazine’s 25th

omnolith A.J. Liebling once said: that the ‘freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.’ So it’s a good thing we do. – Ed Marszewski, Publisher of Lumpen Magazine Lumpen is a long running magazine that chronicles the countercultures. The scathing and hilarious arts culture and politics magazine has been recognized and celebrated for its editorial that is poignant and thought-provoking to marginalized and irreverent. For 25 years Lumpen has been a champion of independent culture showcasing the literary  and visual arts, culinary culture, innovative music, start up businesses, progressive politics and irreverent humor. We started with Lumpen magazine, branched out to the web, started more publications, events, festivals and now, an FM radio station for the City of Chicago on the dial at 105.5fm To celebrate and mark the 25th anniversary of Lumpen Magazine, fellow arts and culture supporters Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher, of Half Acre beer collaborated with Lead Brewer Tim Lange and Lumpen publisher, Ed Marszewski of Marz Community Brewing, to brew an Imperial Red Lager, with an ABV of 7.5%. In poking fun at the left wing publication, Magliaro suggested that. “It could be fun to bend the name of the beer around the idea of a giant, all encompassing organization that aims to pull the life from anything pure and successful.” and suggested the name of the beer Omnolith. It was unanimously endorsed by all. This is the second time Half Acre has made a commemorative beer for Lumpen . On it’s 20th anniversary in 2011, Half Acre brewed the Imperial Red Ale called The Chairman and that experience probably foolishly inspired the Lumpens to get into brewing. To bring the collaboration to another level the design of the label was worked on by both breweries’ lead designers. Phineas Jones, from Half Acre worked with Marz Community Brewing’s Creative Director, Michael Freimuth, to capture the spirit of Lumpen’s Omnolithic irreverence by using inspiration from the  architecture of brutalist east european monuments. By examining the shapes and geometry of those 60’s era structures the two were able to design a simple minimalist icon to adorn the label. On Friday August 12, Omnolith will be released at Half Acre Brewing’s Lincoln Brewing facility at 11 am. Lumpen Magazine will be giving away various back issues of the publications at the bottle release event. That night Lumpen will take over Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar (960 W 31st St) for the south-side bottle release and celebration. Starting at 5pm , attendees can either get a bottle to go or enjoy a draft pour in the bar. Kimski will be creating a special to pair with the beer and  More back issue of the Lumpen magazine will be given away.

Help Build a New Community Radio Station

Captura-de-pantalla-2016-07-05-a-las-7.03 Many Maria’s fans might be aware that we support many of the projects produced and facilitated by local non profit, Public Media Institute. They publish Lumpen Magazine, Mash Tun Journal and run the rad art space, Co-Prosperity Sphere. We are also involved with underwriting their newest and most ambitious media project, Lumpen Radio. Lumpen Radio is a new community radio station that can reach over 2.3 million potential listeners daily.  It is based down the block from Maria’s and we think it will become  an amazing addition to the rich cultural life of our neighborhood and the city. Lumpen Radio is  very close to getting the station on the air but it needs additional financial support. They have launched a Summer Swag-A-Thon where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, pint glasses and more, with all of the proceeds going towards paying their radio tower site construction fees. Please consider helping them out! Visit and get some cool stuff. You will be supporting an organization that is one of the reasons Maria’s Community Bar became what it is today.  

Won Kim on Cuthroat Kitchen Tonite

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 11.48.53 AM Kimski’s own Won Kim is competing in a championship tournament for Food Networks Cutthroat Kitchen! We will have the show running at the bar today while the kitchen will be rocking out the menu!  Join us as we check out the sabotages and see if Won makes it through the final round or not!

New Parking Lot for Kimski’s and Maria’s Customers

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 12.31.37 PM If you are looking for parking when you visit Kimski or Maria’s on Fridays and Saturdays please consider using the free parking available at the corner of Loomis and 31st St. We are renting the Holden School parking lot as a convenience to our guests.

Sunday June 12, 2-7pm: Jefee’s Pizzeria Does a Pop Up at Kimski!

IMG_2700 Anthony Caccitolo has revived his family’s pizza tradition and now makes them for friends and family. Now YOU will have the chance to try the original Jefee’s pizza at Kimski / Maria’s on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2-7pm. This is one of a kind pizza you can’t find anywhere else! Due to our kitchen restraints there are very limited pies available. The pizza is one size: 14” ( feeds two adults ) Each pizza will be $20 plus $2 for additional topping ( sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni ) Or ask for the KoPo pizza ( a special kimchee polish sausage concoction). To be sure you will receive your pizza without a long wait please email us and order in advance. There are only 40 pies available for “advanced no wait reservations ” So, let us know: 1. The the quantity of pizzas you want (with toppings). 2. The time you want to pick them up ( or eat at Kimski) We will email you back to see if we can accommodate your request and /or give an optional time to pick it up. We will also send you a invoice if you prefer to pay in advance. Email all inquiries and orders to

Wed June 8 6-8pm : Community Grant Nite with Grassroots Collaborative for the People’s Power Hour

7YLMkIYvTma5uZMpFiHPDGoDfEZZQgzjUc4l3JRQ6_q9G8P8oqKfW94uQVJrxDQ9plAFTolGW3r4IJLAllCFSSepMUC3_tDF_ggfTkY1ghhT1boQqA-R3z5TXSFIsfb73YMo-vRjBgAm6g-4SvwUZUeQnfU=s0-d-e1-ft This Wednesday is a Maria’s Community Grant Nite! Join the Grassroots Collaborative for the People’s Power Hour: justice seeking people mingling and plotting a people’s makeover for our city. And with delicious beverages! On Wednesday, June 8, from 6 – 8 pm, Maria’s is  offers a specialty beverage to help us raise funds for the Collaborative during our community grant night. Drop by, have a drink, and… kaching! $3 from each Palmer’s Pint ($8) will be donated back to the Collaborative! A Palmer Pint is a delicious combination of house ginger peach infused vodka, black tea, & organic lemonade. Bring friends! Get ready for a summer of impact. Find out how you can join the fight back. Get to know some of the instigators in the grassroots led fight against austerity and budget cuts. Be the first to know about upcoming opportunities for organizing and creating community.

Kimski Commercial 3

Our friends at Daily Planet Productions ( Chicago ) made this video for Kimski at Maria’s. Director: Michael Gabriele Photographer: John Boehm Executive Producer: Scott Marvel Art Department: Johanna Wawro, Suzanne Wolcott PA: Jeannine Ringland-Zwirn, Emily Barber Editor: Michael Gabriele Mix: Matthew Hane Color Correction: Jeff Altman Graphics: Jon Adler, Dan Moore, James Lee, Alyssa Barrett