Most visitors to Chicago probably don’t end up at the North & Clybourn Red Line stop, but there are several good reasons that locals and visitors from near and far might wish to swing on by: Weeds Tavern and the celebrated Burger Bar.
After making your way to the bright lights of North & Clybourn, walk a few hundred feet down North Dayton Street to Weeds Tavern. It’s distinguished mostly by the rather elaborately painted front door (below) and a seemingly basic exterior. Inside, you’ll find over a dozen beers on tap, along with extensive list of liquors, with a particularly strong set of bourbon offerings. They are also well-known for their live poetry nights and other entertainments.
You’ll want to swing outside as well for a bit of time out on the patio. It’s a nice casual place to spend some time with friends and they also occasionally have cook-outs, fire-pits and other such sundry pursuits. Bonus: they have a pool table with luchadore masks watching you from above.
Weeds is a fine watering hole to start out in the nabe, but I imagine you’re getting hungry, no? After a libation or two, wander back over to 1578 N. Clybourn. Look up. Aha, it’s the Burger Bar, purveyor of fine fried pickles, a lusty selection of grilled meats on a bun (or without), and more than 100 craft beers hanging out, silently sirening “Drink me.”
Step inside, and you’ll find an industrial chic design in the Chicago fashion with repurposed wood, stainless steel and other moments. Start off by checking out the chalkboard for specials and you can move on over to looking at their starters, which include those fried pickles, bacon lollipops and other fine bits of meat. My nod for best burger here goes to the Big Shoulder Blues, which is a peppercorn burger with blue cheese, sweet onion bacon jam, and port wine glaze.
After all of this, you might be ready to roll on back to the Red Line station and return to that place from whence you came. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you might walk up Halsted to brush up your Samuel French by checking out a show at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Photos: North/Clybourn Station by H. Michael Miley via flickr; Weeds Tavern door and Burger Bar by Max Grinnell; Weeds Tavern bar courtesy of Facebook