Maria’s and Version Festival Events


Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is presenting with Public Media Institute the 13th annual Version Festival which  is happening June 21-29, 2014.
Please Visit the site for details.

The festival will showcase projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration.

Join us on a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities.

Maria’s is hosting or participating in these events:

JUNE 21/22 Chicago Mini Market
Saturday + Sunday June 21/22 2014 • Noon – 6pm

Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S Throop St)


Join us at a lively and fun outdoor pop-up fair created by Renegade Craft Fair in The Mana Contemporary Arts parking lot. Version Festival has curated the Placemaker Summit, and a series of arts projects within the shipping containers located in the Mini Market.

JUNE 23 Bridgeport Streetscaping Society
Monday, June 23, 2014 •  4pm – 6pm

Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)

RSVP Only Event $5

Take a tour of recent guerrilla streetscaping and tactical urbanism projects by residents of Bridgeport. We start the tour at 37th and Morgan, visit a few unique spaces in the neighborhood, talk with the artists behind the new mural on the Co-Prosperity Sphere, take a peak at a few tactical urbanism initiatives and end with a dinner and discussion at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar during their weekly Korean Polish BBQ.

JUNE 24 Community Grant Night
Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 7-10pm

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W 31st St)


The purpose of Community Grant Night is to raise money for worthwhile projects by local artists, neighborhood organizations and valuable social groups. The concept is plain and simple: You order a special cocktail or beer and then Maria’s gives 100% of the proceeds to the specified grant recipient. On June 24, Maria’s will raise funds for Elevarte Community Studio a non-profit arts studio based in Pilsen.

JUNE 28 Printers Ball
Saturday, June 28, 2014 • 4-9pm

1821 W Hubbard


The 10th annual Printers’ Ball is an homage and celebration of literary culture and printmaking. This year’s theme is Chatter and offers a robust schedule of performances, live printmaking demos, exhibitions, food and drink tastings and more. Version Festival participates in the Ball by presenting its related publications: Proximity Magazine, Lumpen, Mash Tun Journal and bringing a Maria’s pop up bar to the North Side.

JUNE 29 Above the Pavement
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • 1- 6pm

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W 31st St)


We started Above The Pavement to demonstrate what a city market could look like for the neighborhood of Bridgeport. Join us as we present wares from members of the Small Manufacturing Alliance, objects by local makers and delicious treats from artisan food purveyors.

Sat June 14: Maria’s Welcomes the DönerMen Food truck

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar will be featuring the folks from 
DönerMen, a Chicago food truck serving modern German street food that is locally sourced serving hand crafted currywursts and Berlin style doner kebabs this Saturday, June 14. The food truck will be parked in Maria’s parking lot from 9 PM until midnight offering these tasty treats as accompaniments to our vast selection of craft beers and cocktails. 

DönerMen is German Imbiss (street food).  Where Bavarian beer hall fare is what Americans have come to think of as German food, Imbiss is a popular and rich side of German cuisine that draws from various intersecting food cultures in Europe.

DönerMen is anthropology through food. Try the Currywurst, a post-war Berlin invention combining Indian spices via British Imperialism and German sausage in one dish. Or try the other DönerMen stalwart, Döner Kebab, a marriage of flavors brought to Germany by Turkish immigrants in the early 1970′s, packaged for the fast pace of modern Berlin.

Sound highfalutin? It’s not. You know how the U.S has tex-mex? This is sorta of a Ger-Turk. Or is it Turk-Ger? Either way it’s delicious.  

In this spirit of this emergence, daily specials will evolve to showcase grilled meats and flavor combinations from around the world, but with a tip of the Seppelhut to Deutschland.

For more information on DönerMen see link:

Version Festival Comes to Maria’s Soon.


Our 13th annual Version Festival is happening June 21-29, 2014 and it is themed “The Placemakers”. Each year Maria’s plays a big part in the festivities.

The festival will share projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration.

Join us on a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that  highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities.

Visit to figure out how to be engaged, inspired and part of the solution.

Ko Po BBQ with Won Kim and Rude Hippo

Monday means KOREAN POLISH BBQ Day! This Monday June 2,  we are featuring Chef Won Kim on the grill. He is bringing his game with kimchee slaw and sausages made by his butcher friend.  We  will also have  a Rude Hippo Brewery tasting on the patio as well as $4  Tiger Lager in 16oz cans. Enjoy.


The Salt & Pepper Solid Senders – DJs King James Porter and Cleanhead Aaron Cohen


Thurs. May 29 -  Spinning the heppest of jump-swing, blues, boogie and R&B from the late 1940s–early 1950s at Maria’s. Dig the sounds of Louis Jordan, Dinah Washington, Big Jay McNeely and some rare gems from Julia Lee, Little Miss Conshucks and Percy Mayfield. So get your zoot suit out of the closet and get ready to wail.

Tues. May 27 – Afromusichero Month: A Crispy After-School Special – DJ Count Mackula and DJ Dan Solo

Well folks…Dan Squared are at it again, please be SUPERBAD and join these music mavens on this extraordinary “Crispy School Night,” you will enjoy an amazing education on the pioneers, legends and true SUPERHEROES of funk, roots, reggae, soul, rock, Afro-beat and R&B…

Memorial Day KoPo BBQ


On Memorial Day we are hosting our Our KoPo BBQ featuring guest kimchee made by Chef Bill Kim of Belly Q, Urban Belly and Belly Shack fame! The yum begins at 5:30pm. Stop in before, during and after your holiday BBQ adventures..

Thursday May 22 Hooray For The Mixtape


Uinta Brewing Beeer Tasting Today – Craft Beer Fun


Tues. May 20

Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar is proud add a Uinta Beer tasting to its Chicago Craft Beer Week events on Tuesday, May 20 (6-9 PM). Uinta Brewing is named after an east-west mountain range located in northeastern Utah. Many of Uinta‘s beer names are inspired by Utah’s diverse landscapes or have historical significance. It embarked upon its mission of brewing world class, full-flavored, craft-brewed beer in the winter of 1993. From a small, renovated mechanic’s garage located in Salt Lake City, Uinta began distributing a tasty variety of beer ranging from 4.0% to over 10% alcohol by volume to local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. Demand escalated, resulting in the installation of a bottling line in 1996. Then, in 2001, having outgrown its original building, Uinta built and relocated to a 26,000-square-foot facility specifically designed for brewing beer.

We will be featuring samples of . . .
20th Birthday Suit - Brewed in celebration of Uinta’s 20th Birthday, this American Style Sour Brown Ale flaunts significant acidity balanced by flavorful Abbey and Chocolate malts and a modest amount of hops. A distinct tartness on the palate combines with notes of toffee and earthiness.
Sea Legs Baltic Porter – A limited release, Complex and drinkable, Sea Legs delivers flavors of roasted malt and chocolate.  Sea Legs was aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months adding toasted vanilla and bourbon notes to the flavor profile. This Medium-bodied Baltic Porter has a complex malt profile and mild hop bitterness. With a hidden ABV of 8%, Sea Legs is a siren of a beer.
Tinder Rauchbier – Inspired by Owner Will Hamill and Headbrewer Kevin Ely’s recent trip to Germany to inspect new brewhouse equipment, Tinder is a German-style Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) that kindles moderate malty sweetness and robust smokiness. Brewed with Bamberg beechwood-smoked malt, this medium-bodied lager ignites distinct campfire smoke flavors and aroma. Aromatic, bright and balanced, Tinder is bottle conditioned and has an ABV of 6.5%. Scheduled to hit select shelves in late January, Tinder is a limited releasebeer, only 180 beer barrels were brewed.
Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Jacked is brewed with fresh pumpkin and fall spices and has been aging in Oak barrels for 6 months. The oak barrels add subtle nuances of toasted vanilla and bourbon notes. With an ABV of 10.31% (a play on the date of Halloween), Jacked is a big, unique pumpkin ale.
Baba Black Lager - Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color. The heavy body which makes it perfect for a hot spring night like tonight. dark chocolate and a little coffee but not as much as a typical stout, which is balanced with a bit more creamy doughiness.
Hop Notch - Bold and refreshing, this IPA combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile. With notes of sticky pine, citrus, and a lingering bitterness plus hints of candied orange peel, some tropical especially pineapple, and some nice floral hops. 
There is no cover for the event.

May 15: Old Town Abbey Tasting

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At 7pm this Thursday please join us for an Old Town Abbey tasting with owner/brewer Art Porto.  Mini-pasties from Pleasant House Bakery will be available to pair with beers. Beers include a Belgian Blonde and Belgian White.

If you come early ( around 6pm)  you might be part of a segment on Brew Dogs. They are coming to shoot some B Roll of the bar for their upcoming Chicago episode.. Woo hoo!