Chicago Scene: Haymarket Brewing Company in the West Loop and the Pompeii exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry
By Trent Modglin
Haymarket Brewing Company
Co-owner Pete Crowley has been brewing beer for 25 years (and has some 75 medals to show for his skills), starting his professional career at The Flying Dog in Aspen and then eventually Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Chicago, where he met his business partner, John Neurauter. The pair had numerous conversations about starting their own thing and, while looking at real estate in 2008, happened across their current location in Chicago’s now incredibly popular West Loop neighborhood.
“Let me tell you, the West Loop wasn’t super sexy at the time,” says Crowley, who opened on Christmas Eve in 2010. “The area’s anchor restaurants were closing, but we did our research and really fell in love with the history of the area. Our building was right across the street from where the infamous Haymarket Riot started, we were near the expressway, on a major corner. Location, accessibility and legitimate Chicago history.”
Crowley and Neurauter wanted to create two distinctly different vibes in one space. They both had an affinity for pizza, homemade sausage and craft food, but while Crowley favored more of a sports pub feel with sports on the TVs and the camaraderie that’s formed from watching games together, Neurauter preferred more of a coffeehouse atmosphere with bourbon and live music. They managed to establish both angles with Haymarket, with a lively bar up front followed by a dining room, brewing facility and large, secluded private-party room in the back. It is truly one of the city’s most welcoming brewpub experiences.
Haymarket’s burgers, fried chicken sandwich and tavern-style pizzas are more than worthy, but if you want a sandwich you’ll be talking about weeks later, go for The Riot.
As for food and drink, the Baltic porter and 100% Chance of Change hazy IPA are personal favorites off a constantly evolving draft list full of seasonal releases, but don’t pass up a chance to try the tasty and light Swingers Paradise pineapple wheat or easy-drinking Speakerswagon German pilsner.
Haymarket’s burgers, fried chicken sandwich and tavern-style pizzas are more than worthy, but if you want a sandwich you’ll be talking about weeks later, go for The Riot. It consists of smoked pork shoulder, fennel and barley Italian sausage, topped with mozzarella, Memphis BBQ sauce and serrano and pear giardiniera.
Haymarket Brewery is located at 737 W. Randolph in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. HaymarketBeer.com
Travel back in time with Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry
Pompeii: The Exhibition opened at the Museum of Science and Industry in late February, bringing to life how people in this ancient city lived, loved, worked, worshiped and found entertainment.
Pompeii, a Roman city destroyed by nature more than 1,900 years ago, was preserved in a volcanic time capsule after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The city, fixed in time, provides a glimpse into what life was like in ancient Rome. The exhibition, full of archaeological details that present a unique record of Pompeii’s industrial life, includes:
**Immersive multimedia experiences that include a holographic gladiator display and a 4D simulation of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
**150 artifacts and treasures including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gladiator armor, weapons and ancient Roman coins
**Full body casts of the volcano’s victims
Pompeii: The Exhibition is open through September 4, 2023. The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. MSIChicago.org